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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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Really depends on the snow year
But bear in mind that farther North you get more snow at lower elevation. An easy check for you would be the dates that High 89 opens over Lassen Volcanic National Park. The PCT runs right through...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PCT start date - Carson Pass CA
December 22, 12:40pm

And now the Nice list
Nice: First, a big shout out to the men and women who have been fighting the fires we mentioned on our naughty list. Thank you. And please stay safe. And also to those wonderful people w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » And now the Nice list
December 18, 9:43am

naughty list
These are great. Thanks. I'll start a new thread today for those who deserve our thanks: The Nice List!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Naughty list....
December 18, 9:29am

Naughty list....
Each year on our blog, we suggest a list of those who should be...well, who shouldn't have done what they did this year. WE have a few suggestions below...but would love to hear any additions ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Naughty list....
December 17, 10:28am

Peru beyond Machu Picchu
We've done the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, and loved it. Now we're interested in going back to Peru for more hiking/trekking. Does anyone have any suggested trips, regions or compani...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Peru beyond Machu Picchu
December 10, 12:05pm

backpacker magazine quoted us...
A few weeks ago we got an email from Backpacker magazine, asking us for "local tips" on where people might go hiking in the Emigrant Wilderness. We were flattered, and even if we hadn...

In Pre-Trip Planning » backpacker magazine quoted us...
December 09, 11:12am

You'd better be a perfect shot to use that sidearm. And when you wake up in the middle of the night, and it's pitch black, make sure you kill the bear with your first shot. Or have a d...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking Solo?
December 07, 9:39pm

Extra food
You are correct---nobody is going to starve to death on a day hike, or even a day hike that goes bad and lasts three days. But I've found that people with low blood sugar are cranky and stu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Required items for UL backpacking
December 05, 9:42am

Lost and found
It's hardest in a forest with an overcast sky. That limits your ability to find clear landmarks...including the sun. I've never been so lost that I couldn't find myself, but I have...

In Philosophy & Technique » Becoming disoriented in the woods
December 02, 4:31pm

Yosemite hiking
That first day is going to be brutal, especially if you are heading up from sea level. You probably won't get a very early start, and then you are hiking up 5,000 of elevation gain in a single...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Yosemite Trip
December 01, 6:13pm

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