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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: Re: Re: Re: Baxter Pass
"Then it got very tricky as it wandered in and out of the bushes and then disappeared in several places. Again, I knew where the trail was supposed to be, so I just went that way, and then I w...

In Post-Trip Reports » Season Finale- Baxter Pass 10/7-8
October 17, 8:45pm

Re: Re: Re: Baxter Pass
"The trail gets pretty iffy west of Baxter Lakes." It gets a bit iffy east of the pass, too, in places. How does their iffy-ness compare, in your experience?

In Post-Trip Reports » Season Finale- Baxter Pass 10/7-8
October 17, 7:31pm

Re: Baxter Pass
"Nice trip Tom! Gorgeous photos." It was really special for me, Doug. I hadn't hiked solo in several years, and found myself longing to get out by myself again. Couldn't have...

In Post-Trip Reports » Season Finale- Baxter Pass 10/7-8
October 17, 5:14pm

Re: Re: fleece
Hard to beat an R4 Hoody down into the low 30's when on the move, IME. If it's windy, I'll add a Rab Boreas or my trusty MH Transition Featherweight vest(no longer made).

In GEAR » r2 as insulation and rain gear
October 17, 5:04pm

Re: Re: San Gorgonio Backpacking/Running Oct9-11
Man, you sure packed a lot fun into a very short time. Right on, Dude!

In Post-Trip Reports » San Gorgonio Backpacking/Running Oct9-11
October 17, 5:00pm

Re: Malto
"...I gave up on trying to empty plastic bags of sticky powders into bottles a loooooong time ago." You might try this technique: Shift the malto away from one of the bottom corners o...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Carbohydrate supplement source
October 17, 4:37pm

Season Finale- Baxter Pass 10/7-8
BAXTER PASS 10/6-7 I thought I was done for the year after 3 great trips, having tested my wife's forbearance greatly in the process, but bluebird skies and Indian Summer weather stoked a ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Season Finale- Baxter Pass 10/7-8
October 16, 8:14pm

Re: Re: Recommendations for spin setup for Sierra fishing?
"If you are catching for food, make sure you bring a stringer." Just use a piece of Kelty Triptease, or some such, tied off in the middle of a small stick. Light, cheap, and makes use...

In Fishing » Recommendations for spin setup for Sierra fishing?
October 16, 4:43pm

Re: some feisty discussion here
"Tom: Good to know. It does look like a well built pack, and a lot of the women responding to this seem to like ULA in general." One thing I forgot to mention. If load lifters are imp...

In GEAR » Women with large breasts: what backpack do you use?
October 16, 4:34pm

Re: Re: Odor Proof Bear Bags
"Incidentally, the nylofume bags are supposed to be used double bagged (for fumigating) and I would suggest anyone doing further testing try them double bagged." +1 SOP for me in the ...

In GEAR » My scumbag opsack is now putting out an odor! :-P
October 15, 5:56pm

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