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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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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

Trip plans
We've got two trips in the plans...one from Sonora Pass to Hetch-Hetchy, the other one probably into Cloud Canyon in SEKI. And we'll fill in as usual with a few other 2-4 day trips as well...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 2013 Plans
December 29, 8:32pm

Our two cents
There's a moral issue, a legal issue, and a technical issue. The moral issue is in some ways simpler. If you believe that you are really doing a perfect job of leaving no trace, and you ca...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Following the Rules in U.S. Forests?
December 28, 7:57am

And my nice list...
The National Park Service and USFS rangers, staff and volunteers who are unfailingly nice and helpful—often in the face of some of the very idiots we mentioned yesterday. These are really good p...

In Philosophy & Technique » And my nice list...
December 19, 9:55am

MB "We don't regulate the sale of cars. We tax and liscense if you want them registered. That's a difference. I can buy a car from joe and keep it on my place no problem. Even easie...

In Chaff » Newtown
December 18, 6:32pm

Re: guns
MB We regulate private sales of cars quite successfully. Why shouldn't we do the same with guns? And for those who do seems to constantly confuse cars with guns: Cars are designed to t...

In Chaff » Newtown
December 18, 3:56pm

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