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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: Re: Trekking poles/blister
"Going down steeper hills my hand frequently ends up on top of the grip so the pressure is on the palm near the first and second finger." Just cup the butt of the handle all the time. ...

In GEAR » Trekking poles/blisters
April 03, 8:41pm

Re: Dont worry be happy.
"You definitely aren't going to start seeing hordes of people dropping a grand to buy this unit so they can make phone calls in the middle of nowhere." You're right about that....

In Editor's Roundtable » Iridium GO! First Look
April 03, 8:20pm

Re: Re: Re: residential?
"I fail totally to see why this should be hard to manage. The EPA exists, the FDA exists." ROTFLMAO You seem to forget, Cher Roger, that we have the best government money can buy; a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sierra Snowpack 2015
April 03, 8:17pm

Re: Any websites for trip ideas?
"I'm having a hard time getting outdoor trip ideas and I'm looking for a site that might help me with." I'm with Nick on this one. sit down with good maps of the area you&...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Any websites for trip ideas?
April 03, 5:44pm

Re: residential?
"whereas agricultural use alone is almost 40%, and thermoelectric plants consume another 40% or so. I always thought that prohibiting me from watering my lawn was farcical when welfare farmers...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sierra Snowpack 2015
April 03, 5:17pm

Re: Too much top
"That leaves me unhappy with so many tops: hiking shirt, fleece, hooded wind shirt, ExLite, rain jacket = 5! Thoughts?" Substitute a fleece vest for the fleece shirt, leave the wind sh...

In Gear Lists » Another July Colorady Trail; complete gear list
April 02, 8:23pm

Re: Re: To Rain Jacket ... or ... Not to Rain Jacket
"Here in the great Pacific Northwest, leaving your rainjacket at any time of year for the sake of saving 9oz and hiking into the Cascades instantly enters you as a contestant of the Darwin Awa...

In Philosophy & Technique » To Rain Jacket ... or ... Not to Rain Jacket
April 01, 5:41pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Long-term water usage in California
"Because Western society is built upon capitalisation which depends upon consumption GROWING. At all costs. Industry and vested interests dictate to powerless politicians. Easter Island on a ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sierra Snowpack 2015
March 30, 5:05pm

Re: Re: Typical weights?
"I do think, however, that a meal packaged in a vacuum sealed pouch will emit little to zero food odors to attract critters, whereas freezer bags can't make that claim." The proble...

In GEAR » vacuum bag sealer
March 29, 5:29pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Long-term water usage in California
"Don't you also put water back into aquifier rather than build a reservoir?" Not if you've already drained them and they collapse. Google "land subsidence".

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sierra Snowpack 2015
March 29, 5:24pm

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