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Rex Sanders (Rex) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Central California Coast
About Me Started backpacking with the Boy Scouts in the 1960s, which should have cured me, but friends intervened. Failed PCT thru-hikes in 1976, 1980, and other adventures (whitewater rafting 1987-present) put backpacking on hold for a while.

In 1998 I read Jardine's PCT book and saw the light. I'm not super- ultra- anything, my base weight is about 13 pounds. But I'm back on the trails again.

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+1 SAK Classic
+1 on the SAK Classic. I've carried many kinds of knives over the years, but I've stuck with the Classic for backpacking. Just big enough to do the essentials – mostly opening ornery f...

In GEAR » Knife or multi-tool
September 04, 12:20am

Great trip!
Manfred, Great trip, and you have two great grown sons. Seems the InRreach Explorer was quite useful on this trip for tent replacement and the mid-trip flight. Any other comments on it? ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Traversing the Brooks Range – A Father-Son-Son Adventure
August 29, 12:30am

REI web site hides bad products
Note: I don't know if REI deliberately hides bad products, but their web site policies have that effect. I need a new day pack. I found the REI Flash 22 pack on sale for $34.59, and at first...

In GEAR » REI web site hides bad products
August 24, 10:37am

Re: water containers
1.5 liter Trader Joe's Mountain Spring Water bottle: 27 grams (empty, label removed), no failures in my experience. 18 grams per liter. Nothing special about TJ bottles, just cheap and we sh...

In GEAR » Collapsible water bottles - why?
August 24, 12:52am

Re: bladder bags, and other collapsible bottle advantages
Like David, I used 2 gallon bladder bags way back when, and thought they were great for a while. Unlike David, I stopped using them after putting a hole in the thin plastic bag too many times. E...

In GEAR » Collapsible water bottles - why?
August 23, 2:48pm

Re: Lakes Trail, Sequoia National Park (kid's first backpacking trip)
Looked like a fun trip, and a great trip report. I keep re-learning that kids like to focus on small stuff that the grownups overlook. Stopped counting the Xmas mornings that ended with the kids...

In Post-Trip Reports » Lakes Trail, Sequoia National Park (kid's first backpacking trip)
August 22, 9:15pm

Thanks for all the tips
Thanks for all the great tips! -- Rex

In Philosophy & Technique » How to cache water in a forest?
August 18, 8:57pm

HMG Windrider 2400 trimming
I removed the following items from an HMG Windrider 2400: - Chest strap (tossed immediately, didn't weigh) - Lower side compression straps (across the pocket) - Roll top side straps (clip th...

In GEAR » HMG Southwest 3400 weight-saving customizations
August 17, 1:21pm

How to cache water in a forest?
Due to severe drought in California, many water sources I've used in previous years have dried up. So I'm thinking about caching water in forests before a trip, because some segments mig...

In Philosophy & Technique » How to cache water in a forest?
August 15, 1:51pm

re: Replacement inReach SE
Much too long of a thread here: Short version: it stopped sending/receiving any kind of...

In GEAR » DeLorme inReach SE announced, ships mid to late April
August 09, 2:26pm

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