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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me Decades of hiking and backpacking in the Sierra...and beyond. Check out our website for fun, stories, trip reports, photos and philosophy!
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We like our website! But Jeffrey Shaffer has a whole series on the various parks and wilderness areas, from Sequoia and Kings Canyon on north through Yosemite, Emigrant, Carson-Iceberg, etc. ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » guide book for sierras from Northern Yosemite and north
May 06, 1:22pm

Excellent. Thanks for the photos and the tales.

In Post-Trip Reports » Joshua Tree Two-day Loop
May 05, 9:59pm

bus to catch
LOL. Great line. I do remember hiking down from Garnet Lake towards the Minarets and being passed by a guy who was clearly on a mission to catch a bus. At one point, the trail switchbacks dow...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's so great about the JMT?
May 05, 9:56pm

Seville Lake
For an easier hike---and a long term relationship with your girlfriend--take a look at Marvin Meadows to Jennie Lake, then over Silliman Pass to Ranger Lake, then to Seville Lake, and back out. Mu...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 2 nights 3 Days in Kings Canyon Suggestions
May 05, 7:17pm

Nelson Lake
Certainly going in through Nelson Lake gets you right up to Tuolumne Pass on the second day. And from there you are only a short hike from Vogelsang and the whole shebang. We did a trip last y...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Walk up permits in Yosemite, July
May 05, 7:14pm

You don't want to do the Camino de Santiago in Spain? It would meet all of your requirements perfectly...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Need Advice on 18-21-day (ish) walk across part of Italy or France
May 05, 7:03pm

Actually, the Hanta Virus stuff was in Yosemite Valley---not strictly part of the JMT. Besides all of the above, where else can you hike a trail named in honor of America's greatest conserv...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's so great about the JMT?
May 05, 7:01pm

Very feasible
From SF, your route should take you to the Highway 120 entrance on the Big Oak Flat Road. There are some places to stay outside the park---but depending on what time you arrive, you may also find ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Walk up permits in Yosemite, July
May 05, 8:46am

True. If you can get a permit for the day you want, and the trailhead you want, you should get it. That would remove all uncertainty. On the other hand, there are some trailheads that almost N...

In Pre-Trip Planning » more JMT permit questions
May 05, 8:38am

Most people say that one of the real highlights of the JMT is from Tuolumne Meadows through Lyell Canyon to Thousand island lake...and out at Agnew Meadows. We certainly thought it was wonderful. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Family of Five on the John Muir Trail - Segments?
April 30, 3:04pm

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