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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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Nelson Lake
Certainly going in through Nelson Lake gets you right up to Tuolumne Pass on the second day. And from there you are only a short hike from Vogelsang and the whole shebang. We did a trip last y...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Walk up permits in Yosemite, July
May 05, 7:14pm

You don't want to do the Camino de Santiago in Spain? It would meet all of your requirements perfectly...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Need Advice on 18-21-day (ish) walk across part of Italy or France
May 05, 7:03pm

Actually, the Hanta Virus stuff was in Yosemite Valley---not strictly part of the JMT. Besides all of the above, where else can you hike a trail named in honor of America's greatest conserv...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's so great about the JMT?
May 05, 7:01pm

Very feasible
From SF, your route should take you to the Highway 120 entrance on the Big Oak Flat Road. There are some places to stay outside the park---but depending on what time you arrive, you may also find ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Walk up permits in Yosemite, July
May 05, 8:46am

True. If you can get a permit for the day you want, and the trailhead you want, you should get it. That would remove all uncertainty. On the other hand, there are some trailheads that almost N...

In Pre-Trip Planning » more JMT permit questions
May 05, 8:38am

Most people say that one of the real highlights of the JMT is from Tuolumne Meadows through Lyell Canyon to Thousand island lake...and out at Agnew Meadows. We certainly thought it was wonderful. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Family of Five on the John Muir Trail - Segments?
April 30, 3:04pm

Wine based trail bars...the next big thing?
Because we're based in the Napa Valley, things like this catch our attention. Can you imagine your next hike into the Sierra; your pack full of bars made from wine grape seeds? Gena ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Wine based trail bars...the next big thing?
April 29, 11:54am

Bears vs. driving to the trailhead
Why do backpacking magazines spend so much time talking about bears, and no time talking about the most dangerous thing we ever do on a backpacking trip--which is drive to the trailhead? It'...

In On the Web » Headline: "Why does America lose its head over 'terror' but ignore its daily gun deaths?"
April 22, 1:01pm

easy to make and easy to eat
I vote for the MRE concept, too. Why take all that cooking equipment for just one meal? And you can afford the weight. Take fruit. Take a deli sandwich. Take chips and salsa. take a beer! ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tasty food for 1 night / 20 miles?
April 22, 12:54pm

Emigrant Wilderness has much of the same appeal ( and bare granite ) of Yosemite, but at lower elevations, so that might be a good choice for you!

In Pre-Trip Planning » Sierra weekend trips?
April 15, 11:00pm

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