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Ken Charpie (kencharpie) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western Oregon
About Me I started lightweight backpacking in 2009. I had some backpacking "experience" in the Army National Guard (Basic and Infantry school) that was definitely far from lightweight. I had no equipment to begin with, so I was excited to be able to start from scratch on my backcountry gear list.

My most up to date 3 season gear list is online:
My PDF Gear ListCentral Oregon Cascades and Coastal Range 2 to 3 days

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All Forum Posts by Ken Charpie

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Panny GF1
I confess immediately that I have nothing to add to the thread except to say that I LOVE the GF1. I've had mine for about 4 months now and am itching to get it on the trail with me. I have th...

In Photography » Panny G2 vs GF1
May 15, 6:11am

almost forgot
And I'm using fixed length poles, by the way. Forgot to mention that.

In GEAR » Ok, stupid question time
May 15, 5:50am

Osprey Exos pole lash
I really like the pole loop feature on my Osprey Exos 46 pack. The handles are up near my armpit and the poles angle downward behind me and never seem to get in the way while hiking. Of course,...

In GEAR » Ok, stupid question time
May 15, 5:49am

I agree
I agree completely, although I often shift weight between my shoulders and hips throughout the day while hiking. Using the load lifter to assist in moving the weight to the front of my shoulders i...

In Philosophy & Technique » Over-tightening the load lifters on packs
May 15, 5:44am

Central Oregon Cascade and Coast Gear List
I would really appreciate feedback on my gear list, as I am certain it has lots of room for improvement. I've been backpacking for about a year and have been slowly accumulating my gear over...

In Gear Lists » Central Oregon Cascade and Coast Gear List
May 15, 5:18am

Incredible photos!
Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this trip! Hiking the Himalayas may not have crossed my mind in the past, but is definitely on my to-do list now! The shots you took are fabulous and inspiri...

In Editor's Roundtable » Return to the Fight! Lightweight Rematch in the High Annapurnas
May 12, 10:29am

Going to try it out!
I love this idea! This would seem to add some simplicity to my bear bag set up (no need to search for an appropriate stick/twig and easier than the clove hitch to tie). I could add a hole large e...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Knotless PCT Bear Bag Hang
April 28, 1:35am

Love this pack
disclaimer: I am new to backpacking and this is my first pack. (I have the exos 46) I love this pack! I've used every feature except the sleeping pad straps, which are easy to wrap up and ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Osprey Exos Backpack Review
December 04, 4:59am

Frogg Toggs Website
I bought a DriDucks TrailPak suit from the Frogg Toggs website. Couldn't find that product locally and I was in a rush to get them for a hike on the Oregon Coast. The first suit they sent m...

In GEAR » Where to get Driducks?
November 24, 11:55am

Oregon Coast with DriDucks
I hiked along the Oregon Coast (south of Yachats) this month with my driducks trail pak suit. Gusts of wind were between 15 and 25 mph according to weather underground. Felt like the wind was fast...

In GEAR » Driducks/Rainshield jacket in extreme winds
November 24, 11:34am

All Reader Reviews by Ken Charpie

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Driducks rainsuit
(The bulge in my jacket is the pants. This tu...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 24, 11:50am