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Charles Grier (Rincon) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Desert Southwest
About Me Mountaineer and backpacker since 1946 mainly in the western US but with excursions to Antarctica, Alaska, western Canada, North Africa and Japan. Hiked the John Muir Trail solo and unsupported in 1954; this was the start of my lightweight endeavors which have proceeded erratically ever since.
StateSE Arizona
My PDF Gear ListThree season gear for western mountains.

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Bad Water in the Red Desert
A filter will not remove alkali from water any more than it will remove sodium chloride but it shouldn't hurt the filter. A filter will remove bacteria and protozoa spores from alkaline water....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bad Water in the Red Desert
September 19, 8:05am

"Whatever you do, don't buy golite gear. won'tlast but a couple trips. by dat 6 or 7 you are tired of being gentle with the gear." John, either you are really hard on gear or I...

In GEAR » advice on woman's UL packs
September 18, 4:15pm

Nonsense +1
Russell, your commentary is right on target. I also have to spend a lot more time than I like explaining to non-hiking acquaintances that the hiking dangers they see and hear about on TV is largel...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thinking About Bears and Cougars
September 08, 1:04pm

Huckleberries, lingonberries, bllberries, cranberries and blueberries are all in the same genus, Vaccinium of the family Ericaceae. There are between 400 and 500 species in this genus; the idea of...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » huckleberries
September 06, 1:45pm

You Tell Me...What is the Best Gear Ever???
There is a book that was published by the Sierra Club in 1952 titled "Going Light With Backpack or Burro". A lot of the items and ideas discussed here are also outlined in this book. Th...

In GEAR » You Tell Me...What is the Best Gear Ever???
August 21, 7:55am

Which sleeping bag should I take?
You would probably be OK with the Hydrogen as long as you don't mind sleeping in a lot of your clothes. It can easily get down to 25° at night in mid-September in the Sierra above 10,000'...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Which sleeping bag should I take?
August 20, 8:40pm

"My point being that average life span and infant mortality rates say nothing about the health of their diet." Did you really mean to say this? There is literature dating back to the ...

In Philosophy & Technique » ULers Carrying an Extra 20-40 lbs - WHY?!
August 19, 1:48pm

Magic bullet?
"I think a lot of it is due to boredom (gotta try new things/new fads), or books and websites which distort evidence to make a buck or cause a stir." I think it is that but also I thin...

In Philosophy & Technique » ULers Carrying an Extra 20-40 lbs - WHY?!
August 18, 8:12pm

It is really just a way of looking at things.
Personally, I think assigning arbitrary weight categories to a persons base load is a little silly. As noted before, big folks will carry more weight with the same gear as us smaller people. And,...

In GEAR » Backpacking Weight Ranks
August 18, 7:41am

Ultra Bushbuddy and JMT...
Unless a stove has a shut off valve, it is considered an open fire. So, the Bush Buddy would be considered an open fire. Along the JMT, wood fires are not allowed above 10,000 to 10,500 ft depend...

In GEAR » Ultra Bushbuddy and JMT...
August 13, 8:09pm

All Reader Reviews by Charles Grier

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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1
Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars Design: Semi-free-standing Sleeps: 1 Ease of Setup: Moderately easy Weight: 2 lb, 3 oz Price Paid: $240 I bought the Big Agnes Fly Creek to replace a Tarptent Contra...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 12, 7:32pm