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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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Townes?
Hi Dave The hard part of this decision was that the road wasn't marked as closed (or even damaged) until we had driven all the way to the Wildrose turnoff. So our options were to turn around...

In Post-Trip Reports » Death Valley
February 20, 10:10am

Death Valley
A few years ago we took a trip to Death Valley in the spring...thinking that it would be a good way to get in some hiking while the Sierra was under snow, and it would also give us a chance to see ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Death Valley
February 20, 9:33am

Another weight consideration...
How much water do you need to drink on the trail? On our trip to Death Valley, we took what we hoped would be enough water for the two of us for an overnight backpacking trip: Slightly more t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Another weight consideration...
February 20, 9:03am

Re: Re: Yosemite
You could pretty much do the trip you applied for (Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley) if you did the first day cross country and off trail to either Nelson Lake or Echo Lake. From there you can ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 3 day trips in Tetons, Yellowstone, Sawtooth and Yosemite
February 04, 6:05pm

A Minority report here
We've hiked up from Yosemite Valley into Tenaya Canyon. It is beautiful, and while there is some modest exposure in places, you can hike up quite a ways as a day hike. It is true that to throu...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tenaya Canyon
February 03, 9:38pm

Yosemite
Cathedral Lakes to Sunrise, Take a day to head up to Clouds' Rest, and then down through Little Yosemite Valley to Happy Isles is probably the one I would recommend. Second place goes to L...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Yosemite Plans With a 7 Year Old
January 30, 10:19pm

Yosemite
If you have some experience, head for the cross country trailheads. You can almost always get a permit for them, and have to hike the first day to a destination that has a limited use trail at bes...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 3 day trips in Tetons, Yellowstone, Sawtooth and Yosemite
January 29, 10:54pm

Re: Doug & beer
Yikes! Do not freeze Champagne or other sparling wine! It releases most of the carbonation and will usually explode the bottle. If that happens in your freezer (I have experience with this!) i...

In Philosophy & Technique » UL Refrigerator
January 19, 8:58pm

Redwoods
It's true. There are two kinds of redwoods. The coastal redwoods have a few trails that would work for an overnight or so, but no long itineraries that I know of. And if you're going in th...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best redwoods trip? Taking my 13 year old on a father daughter jaunt
January 17, 9:26pm

feedback
I posted some comments in another forum about your trip, but here are some more: You may have a hard time finding a good spot for a hammock around Vogelsang HSC...there are not as many large tr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Yosemite Trip Plan Feedback?
January 16, 7:05pm

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