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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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Re: I always carry bear spray
"The way I see it, if you can't outrun something that can potentially kill you, you had better have a way of fighting back." STAY HOME!

In GEAR » Another bear attack. Should I get some spray?
May 16, 5:43pm

Re: Re: Re: BPL is changing
"I don't know Ken, perhaps the times are a changin'...." I think Ken's right. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

In Chaff » BPL is changing
May 14, 8:48pm

Re: Write up
Beautiful, Craig. You have a wonderful perspective on being in wild places that is a priceless gift to your son and daughter. And I find myself looking forward even more to Milestone after re...

In Post-Trip Reports » Sub 24: Los Padres NF. 5/9-5/10.
May 13, 5:23pm

How did I miss this one?! A belated thank you for putting this one up. I suspect I was up in the Sierra when you posted.

In Post-Trip Reports » Berner Oberland, Switzerland
May 12, 8:59pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: law of the commons
""Cultural norm" means very little. We have a legal right to do what is not against the law. It may be rude." To the extent that cultural norm means very little, we are no mo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 15
May 11, 8:44pm

Re: Re: Re: law of the commons
"Sounds like a free for all." Exactly my point, which is where your line of reasoning ends up. If people are to live together peacefully, there have to be common rules of behavior. S...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 15
May 11, 5:46pm

Re: law of the commons
"We have no rights, we hsve no responsibility other than those we place on ourselves. We can't control other people." You have just stated The Law of the Jungle. People who follow...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 15
May 10, 5:02pm

Re: "Ursack vs Critters (not bears)?"
"To be honest, I've never understood the Ursak vis a vis bears. Like a chew toy to them. And bear saliva us really, really nasty." Why not use the aluminum insert? Protecting your...

In GEAR » Ursack vs Critters (not bears)?
May 10, 4:18pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Whineorama
"roman numeral convertor says that IXXIILXIILXXI isn't legal number" OK, OK, so I made it up. But I think you get the point. @#%^$#^! engineers. ;0))

In GEAR » Never buying from REI again
May 09, 9:53pm

Re: Re: Tea leaves, LNT, and bears
"If I'm allowed to bury my feces in an area where I'm hiking, I believe that leaving being highly compostable items is fine as well. If I'm in areas where I must pack out everyt...

In Philosophy & Technique » Tea leaves, LNT, and bears
May 09, 9:51pm

All Reader Reviews by Tom Kirchner

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Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
Having used both of the above mentioned combinations(only with a Mens' Prolite 3), I heartily concur with their rating(s). It would be hard to find a piece of insulation/protection/padding that g...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
October 27, 5:20pm

ULA Circuit
Pro's: 1) Light; 2) Durable for the weight(like Kevin, I've done some off-trail/bushwhacking(Wanda Lake to Martha Lake via Davis Lakes/N. Goddard Creek) with only minor abrasion on the waist...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 29, 6:16pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
Scott, Check out for the eco-mesh shirt. They have free shipping whereas Railriders charges a pretty hefty fee. I've been using this shirt for years and consider it the best S...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
April 06, 5:27pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro-Lite 4
Hi David, What you are experiencing with your Prolite-4 is a common phenomenon in my experience with the Prolite-3. It is, however, easy to mitigate. Just position the valve next to your shoulder o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 04, 5:17pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
I've used the Prolite-3 almost since it came out with good success. It compresses well, is very light FOR ITS SIZE(what would a TorsoLite weigh if it was 20"x48"??), and insulates just ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 15, 6:02pm

I've been using the Peak UL carbon fiber poles(womens' non antishock 3 section model-11.2 oz/pr) ever since they came on the market and have been ecstatic about their performance. Like some other pos...

In Trekking Poles
November 04, 5:58pm