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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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St. Mary's Pass
We haven't hiked St. Mary's Pass for about ten years, but I don't remember there being much of a trail once you get to the pass itself---we climbed SOnora Peak from there... and we&#...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Carson-Iceberg Wilderness- East Fork Carson River to Clark Fork Drainage
October 15, 11:06pm

Re: Re: What would you have done?
"I would have minded my own business. If someone asks for help, then I would help." Uh...he did ask for help.

In Philosophy & Technique » What would you have done?
October 15, 11:00pm

Re: Re: Visibility to helicopters if lost, stranded or injured
"The best colour marker is fluorescent orange. This is such an unnatural colour that a pilot's eye is attracted to it immediately. Lay out a 1sqm of material in an open space, and leave it...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Visibility to helicopters if lost, stranded or injured
October 15, 10:57pm

Emigrant
We have not been there during the shutdown, but we have a cabin nearby. There are certainly trailheads that you can access without much trouble: The ones on Clark Fork Road, for example, or Sonora...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Emigrant Wilderness THs during The Shutdown?
October 14, 7:24pm

Emigrant Wilderness
It's just north of Yosemite, and much of the terrain has some of that same wonderful granite. you can easily find a five day trip there--we've got a few of them on our website under the de...

In Pre-Trip Planning » YOSEMITE ALTERNATIVE NEEDED
October 09, 9:23am

talk
I don't think we can solve this with ideas on how she can reduce the weight of her pack. That's something she needs to do. And the way to encourage her to do it is to listen to her and un...

In Philosophy & Technique » helping girlfriend reduce weight - personal fears
October 08, 12:49pm

Agreed
Simply amazing. And today I got to see it from an airplane en route to SFO...pretty great.

In Post-Trip Reports » Yosemite: Ten Lakes Basin
October 06, 2:32pm

Met on the trail
It was mid-afternoon. We were on the last leg of our hike out of the backcountry, and only about a mile from our car. It had been a great hike, and we were now looking forward to taking off our p...

In Philosophy & Technique » Met on the trail
October 04, 7:10am

Emigrant loop
We've done a couple of different version of loops from Crabtree trailhead...you can find TRs on all of them on our website: backpackthesierra.com It's a lovely area, and should be beau...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trip suggestions 2 nights yosemite/Emmigrant/etc
October 03, 11:15am

Nope...
We're both over 60 now, and have logged about 700 miles in the last five years... And we've also seen plenty of other folks our age on the trail!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is backpacking only for the young!
October 02, 12:02pm

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