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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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Camping too close for comfort
On our last backpacking trip, after spending a couple of days off trail and away from people, we arrived at a nice lake that is on a regular trail, seven miles in from the trailhead. Yep, we were ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Camping to close for comfort
June 23, 11:34am

Grouse Ridge
I agree with this recommendation---if you can get your car to the trailhead. High Clearance helps. Another option might be Winnemucca or Round Top lakes out of Carson Pass...although the fishi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Northern CA trip with 8 yr old
June 23, 9:21am

Yosemite: Conness Canyon XC to Roosevelt Lake
We arrived in Yosemite on Sunday evening and were amazed to find campsites available at Porcupine Flat. In fact, the campground was more than half empty all night…and they had spaces at the Tuolu...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yosemite: Conness Canyon XC to Roosevelt Lake
June 21, 11:04am

How high are the bugs?
We had a real Sierra experience with mosquitoes this last week in Yosemite. (TR to follow in a day or two—I’m working on it!) We had hiked cross-country to Roosevelt Lake. The first night in Co...

In Post-Trip Reports » How high are the bugs?
June 20, 9:54am

Would fit the bill. Start and Echo Lake and hike north until you want to turn around. Lake Aloha, Velma Lakes, Rockbound Creek... Or X-country out of Tuolumne Meadows---Budd Lake to Echo Lak...

In Pre-Trip Planning » looking for a good 3 day sierra trip.
June 11, 11:10pm

That's what we did--a local Girl Scout troop....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where do you donate still-useful backpacking stuff?
June 11, 9:43am

Couldn't you just wear rain gear and hike uphill???

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking saunas
June 08, 10:09pm

Lower Indian
I've only hiked in from the south to Lower Indian Lake. Mosquitoes were horrible, but the trail in that section was a piece of cake. Can't help you about the other side of the pass....

In Pre-Trip Planning » John Muir Wilderness trip in August
June 07, 4:21pm

What date?
There is a whole lot of the JMT, over 200 miles, and the availability of water will vary a bit depending on your hike date. There is VERY little snow even at the higher elevations (snow level is n...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Water conditions on the JMT this year
May 31, 9:39am

Right on the highway, just about mile south of town. You cannot miss it. WEll, if you're looking for it. IF you're looking at the Sierra crest to the west, you could drive right past it!

In Pre-Trip Planning » 10 lakes basin too hard for kids?
May 28, 9:30pm

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