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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

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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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Emigrant might be easier---permits certainly are
We're just back from a quick trip to Yosemite---and had not trouble getting a permit on Saturday morning for a popular trailhead... but still. Emigrant has great loops from Crabtree Cabin t...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trip suggestions 2 nights yosemite/Emmigrant/etc
October 01, 12:46pm

I worry more about safety
Top ten Noob blunders? Not taking enough water. Not taking enough food. Not taking enough clothing---particularly on top of a peak. Not believing the signs that say "Stay out of the ...

September 25, 4:28pm

Good points
The dad actually approached us away from his family as we hiked up to them. I got the sense, but did not confirm it, that mom had at least some idea of what was going on. And there was a clear...

In Philosophy & Technique » What would you have done?
September 23, 11:30pm

What would you have done?
During one of our trips this summer, we came upon the following charming scene. It was an idyllic place: the sun was sparkling, the meadows were lush and green, and the surrounding mountains seem...

In Philosophy & Technique » What would you have done?
September 23, 1:10pm

Have fun
That's a pretty popular route---you should still find plenty of people to greet on the trail, even this late in the year. And I agree with the previous posts---make a plan, tell people wha...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking alone in the back country?
September 23, 9:47am

Trail vs camp
I don't wear many layers while I am hiking, because I very quickly warm up and start sweating. But don't let that convince you that you don't need warm clothes. Once I stop hiking,...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Layering in the Sierras for 35-55 degrees?
September 23, 9:43am

I tried, Valerie. But since I am 60 and not a hipster of any kind...and I live in California, your survey didn't give me some options. And your questions about internet travel sources a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Survey for Outdoor Lovers
September 22, 7:09pm

Or Henry Coe
That's the other option, south of San Jose The Sierra, by thanksgiving, is going to have a good load of snow on it, with any luck at atll.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Thanksgiving backpacking ideas?
September 22, 9:50am

a better pad
With our neo-airs, it just isn't a problem. Of course, there are two of us, so twice as many eyes to see little stones etc. But a couple of times, in the morning, after we've deflated ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Tent site clearing/cleaning technique?
September 16, 7:38am

Both work
In fact, it would be a great time to do the Agnew Meadows trip--since traffic there will be much less than earlier in the year. That is the one section of the JMT that everyone says is their f...

In Pre-Trip Planning » sierra trip reccomendations?
September 12, 9:21am

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