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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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My Website URLhttps://sites.google.com/site/backpackthesierra/home

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Bear Vault--can it drink in water?
On our recent trip to Mono Pass and Pioneer Basin, we had something happen that really took us by surprise. No, it wasn't the hailstorm that clobbered us right at dusk--although we had hoped w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Vault--can it drink in water?
July 21, 9:27am

Thanks
It's a beautiful area...and we took another trip around there a few days later, as you can see from our report on Paiute Pass.

In Post-Trip Reports » Lamarck Lakes TR
July 20, 12:15pm

Lamarck Lakes TR
Since we were keeping a close eye on the weather, and we had one day “left over” from our Mono Pass trip, we took the opportunity to day-hike up to Lamarck Lakes on July 7. The weather report ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Lamarck Lakes TR
July 19, 8:01am

Mosquito Flat to Fourth Recess and Pioneer Basin
The first of our three trips in July was out of the Rock Creek Canyon up over Mono Pass into Mono Creek and the Pioneer Basin. We’d picked up our permit in Bishop, and the ranger there suggested...

In Post-Trip Reports » Mosquito Flat to Fourth Recess and Pioneer Basin
July 18, 8:25pm

Hunters
Keep in mind that hunters are only allowed to hunt during certain seasons---basically after Labor Day. I don't think you'll see any hunters in Emigrant Wilderness in August...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avoiding Hunters in Stanislaus NF
July 17, 8:10pm

Lakes should be fine
They are deep, and won't dry up. The creeks between are another matter, so you'll want to check your route carefully and make sure that you water up where you need to traverse a long dry s...

In Pre-Trip Planning » sierra dry?
July 01, 7:58pm

or our site
We have a site dedicated to encouraging people to go backpacking. Tons of info...no commercial activity at all: https://sites.google.com/site/backpackthesierra/home

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What article would you send to a total newb?
July 01, 7:56pm

Good advice here
Start small and do it above the treeline. Once you get a sense of how the topo map and compass apply to the real world, you can begin to find your route in other areas. Practice by tracking y...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Off Trail Route Planing
June 26, 9:39am

Murrow like
I was feeling more like Bill Murray in Caddyshack...opening up the AA batteries!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Early Season Warfare
June 24, 4:24pm

Early Season Warfare
In mid-June at 10,200 feet, Roosevelt Lake was a wonderland. And it was also wondrously full of close encounters of the flying kind. The mosquitoes were so bad that we were not only wearing insec...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Early Season Warfare
June 24, 11:00am

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