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Ken Charpie (kencharpie) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western Oregon
About Me I started lightweight backpacking in 2009. I had some backpacking "experience" in the Army National Guard (Basic and Infantry school) that was definitely far from lightweight. I had no equipment to begin with, so I was excited to be able to start from scratch on my backcountry gear list.

My most up to date 3 season gear list is online:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0Ahww8j_o0uu8dEczSUFac2lacnlvQjNEaG42MDl0WHc&hl=en&output=html
CityEugene
StateOregon
CountryUSA
My PDF Gear ListCentral Oregon Cascades and Coastal Range 2 to 3 days

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All Forum Posts by Ken Charpie

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Adventure in Progress site
Jason - I had seen Damien's minimalist footwear articles, they are excellent! His site was one of the first ones I read through while researching the barefoot movement. I always appreciate a s...

In GEAR » Minimalist Footwear Recommendations for Hiking
May 29, 6:50am

Flows too hot
I appreciate the feedback on the Flows... my main concern was that they would be too hot in the summer. My feet already sweat copiously and don't need the help... I've been wanting to g...

In GEAR » Minimalist Footwear Recommendations for Hiking
May 29, 4:44am

A Side-Thought on Tom's Shoes
One more thought - I wear Tom's shoes quite a bit around town and at work... I've briefly considered hiking in them. Has anyone else hiked in Tom's? They are fairly minimal as far as ...

In GEAR » Minimalist Footwear Recommendations for Hiking
May 29, 2:59am

Minimalist Footwear Recommendations for Hiking
I have searched through the forums and there are several posts about barefoot hiking, vibram fivefingers, minimalist footwear etc... but it is very scattered and filled with debate about the barefo...

In GEAR » Minimalist Footwear Recommendations for Hiking
May 29, 2:55am

Thoughts on the u4/3 cameras and hiking
Some additional thoughts: The slightly smaller size of the gf1 may make it easier to pack into a dry sack while hiking. Although the GH1 and G2 aren't much bigger, the size difference is a ...

In Photography » Panny G2 vs GF1
May 22, 7:46pm

Excellent!
I love the "Maximum Enjoyment Potential" idea. Lightweight backpacking is about so much more than just carrying fewer grams; it's about being free to enjoy the wilderness around you....

In Editor's Roundtable » Experiential Learning in the Heart of Utah
May 22, 4:21am

Trip Reports
Excellent! I wanted to post a trip report, but I have been so short on time lately that I decided not to worry about it. I'm sure there are a few other Eugene BPL members here, I've ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Mckenzie River Trail
May 18, 9:51pm

Gear List updated
I updated the gear list today after re-weighing some items and adding a few that I forgot. (my driducks gained weight in some duct tape patches, I cut the ground cloth smaller, upgraded the camera ...

In Gear Lists » Central Oregon Cascade and Coast Gear List
May 17, 5:58pm

Thanks for the feedback so far!
Thanks all so far! Very helpful. Some of the these thoughts have crossed my mind (not all), but it helps to have someone else confirm that you can lose something. I am very attached to my pack...

In Gear Lists » Central Oregon Cascade and Coast Gear List
May 16, 3:08am

Wish I could go...
I just went on an overnighter on the McKenzie River trail the other weekend from Fish Lake Creek to Tamolitch pool and back. The trail is looking great! Wish I could go again this weekend - enj...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Mckenzie River Trail
May 15, 6:31am

All Reader Reviews by Ken Charpie

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Driducks rainsuit
(The bulge in my jacket is the pants. This tu...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 24, 11:50am