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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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Women and men on the trail
Yes, it’s different. When we hike in the Sierra, we don’t see many couples hiking together. We see a lot of men, and a few groups of women. But plain old couples like us, not so much. And i...

In Philosophy & Technique » Women and men on the trail
January 16, 6:18pm

Long list
Pocket Rocket Stve ALuminum cookpot found abandoned in a campsite years ago Small Buck knife that was a gift from my wife Single wall tent I made years ago Zip off pants and US Navy short sleev...

In GEAR » What haven't you replaced?
January 12, 9:26am

Re: Knife
You know the old saying "rather have it and not need it, then need it and not have it". I don't think that's in the ultralight handbook...

In GEAR » Where does durability win over light weight?
January 10, 10:00am

OPen spaces
If you want wide open spaces and big skies, check out Mongolia or the Sahara

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wide open spaces - best places in the world to hike long distances in vast open landscapes
January 08, 9:11pm

Some ideas
1. Will a plastic plate work as a snow shovel, or should I cut the handle off of a real snow shovel? Depends on the snow. If it is light powder, no problem. If it is crusty, you will be eati...

In GEAR » Burning Questions before Camel's Hump
January 03, 11:11am

Snow level is about 3500-4000 feet
But of course, that depends on exposure. This trail faces south, so it should be clear well above that.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Yosemite Falls this weekend (dec 4-6)
January 01, 8:35pm

New NP in California
In one of the less publicized developments in Washington over the past week, the Senate unanimously (!) passed legislation to make the Pinnacles a National Park. The bill only needs the signature ...

In Post-Trip Reports » New NP in California
January 01, 9:04am

It's recreation, and nobody is keeping score
Mike: "People find all sorts of reasons to think ultralighters are stuck up, or think they are better than them. When it comes down to it it's true, this is a hobby and the guy who has the...

In Philosophy & Technique » King of Denial
December 30, 10:29pm

There are some comparable situations
Good post, Alec. I am a road biker, not a MB, but I think you made your points well. And there is another analogy here. IN winter, those on snowshoes are asked to keep their feet out of the c...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » "Damn those mountain bike hooligans!!!"
December 30, 10:21pm

I'm confused. We backpack more than a hundred miles a year, and have done so for many years. And we hike another hundred or so as day hikes. Sometimes my wife takes a book. We always take a...

In Philosophy & Technique » King of Denial
December 29, 8:35pm

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