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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Pacific Northwest/Sierra
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Re: Re: "Dean Potter dies in yosemite"
"In the end the point is not who lived better than who, but more a question of whether or not we're living the lives we want to live." Timeless wisdom. Well said, Craig.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dean Potter dies in yosemite
May 18, 8:31pm

Re: Re: Re: I always carry bear spray
"No thanks. I'll just carry bear spray and you'll just have to deal with it. You can stay home if you don't like it :)" Just as I was apparently misunderstood on another th...

In GEAR » Another bear attack. Should I get some spray?
May 17, 5:50pm

Re: Re: I always carry bear spray
"The few stories I've heard from the wonderland, the hikers were on the move and not in camp when they were bluff charged. The ranger had a bear try to back him down some ridge, and again,...

In GEAR » Another bear attack. Should I get some spray?
May 16, 8:26pm

Re: Re: Re: I always carry bear spray
"Tom, in regards to the bear that was destroyed recently near JBLM, would you have rather seen that bear sprayed by a civilian or shot by fish and wildlife?I can't go back in time to spray...

In GEAR » Another bear attack. Should I get some spray?
May 16, 6:20pm

Re: Re: Re: BPL is changing
"(BTW-love the hand twirly thing that used to pass for dancing! :-)" In classical Asian dancing, it is part of an art form that brings the wisdom and traditions of past generations ali...

In Chaff » BPL is changing
May 16, 6:02pm

Re: Re: Best western backpacking destinations
"Seems this is the ideal way to find the best backpacking destinations" Words of wisdom. Listen up, folks.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best western backpacking destinations
May 16, 5:46pm

Re: I always carry bear spray
"The way I see it, if you can't outrun something that can potentially kill you, you had better have a way of fighting back." STAY HOME!

In GEAR » Another bear attack. Should I get some spray?
May 16, 5:43pm

Re: Re: Re: BPL is changing
"I don't know Ken, perhaps the times are a changin'...." I think Ken's right. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

In Chaff » BPL is changing
May 14, 8:48pm

Re: Write up
Beautiful, Craig. You have a wonderful perspective on being in wild places that is a priceless gift to your son and daughter. And I find myself looking forward even more to Milestone after re...

In Post-Trip Reports » Sub 24: Los Padres NF. 5/9-5/10.
May 13, 5:23pm

How did I miss this one?! A belated thank you for putting this one up. I suspect I was up in the Sierra when you posted.

In Post-Trip Reports » Berner Oberland, Switzerland
May 12, 8:59pm

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