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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Wine Country
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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Donfused about the date?
Ken, I think you're confusing it with Memorial Day. Labor Day should have great weather along the Lost Coast--best of the year--but it is also a busy holiday weekend for a lot of people, be...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Labor Day Suggestions?
May 10, 12:30pm

Day by Day
Here's the full trip report, as promised. Again, all photos are here: https://picasaweb.google.com/balzaccom/PeruSantaCruzTrek2015# And the illustrated version of this report is here: https...

In Post-Trip Reports » Andes adventures
May 09, 10:57am

Andes adventures
WE just got back from two weeks in Peru, including a Santa Cruz trek in the Andes. Pretty spectacular stuff, with the trail starting at about 10,000 feet in tropical conditions, and going up to 15...

In Post-Trip Reports » Andes adventures
May 01, 6:27pm

hike for kids
Are you thinking of this as an overnight? The trail is pretty much all downhill from Porcupine, And there are very few views along the way. North Dome is stunning, but the nearest water is about ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trip for kids? Porcupine to Northdome
April 29, 8:56am

Alternatives
Now see, Lori? That's the difference between you and me. I question his plan and ask him for more clarification. You provide real alternatives and solutions. grin.

In Pre-Trip Planning » John Muir Trail
April 16, 12:32pm

JMT
Do you really want to do the whole JMT? Then you start in Yosemite Valley and hike to Whitney. That's the whole JMT. Or do you just want to do part of it? There are lots of sections tha...

In Pre-Trip Planning » John Muir Trail
April 15, 10:33pm

Mitchell Peak
Mitchell Peak is on just about everyone's favorite dayhikes in the Sierra...and it's not far from Grants Grove. You can also do some dispersed camping in the National Forest in that ar...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Dayhikes before Big SEKI Loop
April 14, 7:58pm

Scouts?Scouts?
We don't hike with Scouts, so we may not be much help. It's only my wife and I...and I carry the bear can and tent, she carries the stove and cooking stuff. I bet you could work out somet...

In Pre-Trip Planning » backpacking with the kids
April 14, 12:56pm

Water shoes
Yeah-- I often take a pair of lightweight wading shoes. But since this trip was light and fast, I left them behind. And David, if you are up to your thighs in water you are in very different ci...

In Philosophy & Technique » Crossings
April 13, 3:28pm

Near 20 lakes
Is Virginia Lakes. The trailhead there will take you up over Virginia Lakes Pass, and you can explore Virginia Canyon, McCabe Lakes...wonderful area. And you won't see many people at all. We...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Suggestion for 4 nights, 40 miles in Sierras in July
April 13, 3:26pm

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