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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: Trail Birthdays. How do you celebrate?
"How does everyone in the lightweight or ultralight backpacking world celebrate birthdays while on the trail? I'd love some more ideas." Watch a beautiful sunset, find a suitably c...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trail Birthdays. How do you celebrate?
May 09, 9:00pm

Re: Re: Re: Whineorama
"my number is 257xxx. whose going to beat me?" IXXIILXIILXXI

In GEAR » Never buying from REI again
May 09, 8:57pm

Re: Re: Re: Tea leaves, LNT, and bears
"I have been known to let tea bags dry out in the air, and then I tear them open, scatter the tea leaves, and pack out the rest." Exactly. Thanks for fleshing out the idea, Bob.

In Philosophy & Technique » Tea leaves, LNT, and bears
May 09, 8:53pm

Re: Re: Re: "Ursack vs Critters (not bears)?" @ Jeffrey
"do you have to anchor the canister?" I'm not sure you can anchor an "approved canister". How would you go about that?

In GEAR » Ursack vs Critters (not bears)?
May 09, 6:43pm

Re: Re: Never posting on BPL again;-)
"Anyone have gift suggestions?" A plumbers wrench and some Teflon tape?

In GEAR » Never buying from REI again
May 09, 6:31pm

Re: Re: Internet Tough Guys/Gals & Honey-do lists
"Everyone is Chuck Norris behind a keyboard I suppose. Randy, bring it down a notch. We can disagree with each other in the Gear Forum without that language and behavior." +1 Douche i...

In GEAR » Never buying from REI again
May 09, 6:30pm

Re: Tea leaves, LNT, and bears
"Is it acceptable to scattered tea leaves rather than pack them out? I'm asking more out of curiosity than practical reasons, as the weight saved by not packing out would be minimal."...

In Philosophy & Technique » Tea leaves, LNT, and bears
May 09, 6:28pm

Re: Gloves
Look for Polarguard Windpro liners. They work really well for 3 seasons in the Sierra. You can find them at REI, which means if you don't like them you can return them for a refund. Caveat...

In GEAR » Light warm gloves for california backpacking
May 09, 6:08pm

Re: "Ursack vs Critters (not bears)?" @ Jeffrey
"Tom: what's the definition of treeline? No trees at all, or krumholtz and stunted trees that are no good at all for hanging food? For example, Donahue Pass proper versus 500 feet lower, o...

In GEAR » Ursack vs Critters (not bears)?
May 09, 6:03pm

Re: Ursacks and canisters and.......
"But then I spend most of my time above tree line in the Sierra......where there are usually no trees to hang anything. So I just carry a canister whether required or not. Simplifies my life, ...

In GEAR » Ursack vs Critters (not bears)?
May 08, 7:15pm

All Reader Reviews by Tom Kirchner

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Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
Having used both of the above mentioned combinations(only with a Mens' Prolite 3), I heartily concur with their rating(s). It would be hard to find a piece of insulation/protection/padding that g...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
October 27, 5:20pm

ULA Circuit
Pro's: 1) Light; 2) Durable for the weight(like Kevin, I've done some off-trail/bushwhacking(Wanda Lake to Martha Lake via Davis Lakes/N. Goddard Creek) with only minor abrasion on the waist...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 29, 6:16pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
Scott, Check out for the eco-mesh shirt. They have free shipping whereas Railriders charges a pretty hefty fee. I've been using this shirt for years and consider it the best S...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
April 06, 5:27pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro-Lite 4
Hi David, What you are experiencing with your Prolite-4 is a common phenomenon in my experience with the Prolite-3. It is, however, easy to mitigate. Just position the valve next to your shoulder o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 04, 5:17pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
I've used the Prolite-3 almost since it came out with good success. It compresses well, is very light FOR ITS SIZE(what would a TorsoLite weigh if it was 20"x48"??), and insulates just ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 15, 6:02pm

I've been using the Peak UL carbon fiber poles(womens' non antishock 3 section model-11.2 oz/pr) ever since they came on the market and have been ecstatic about their performance. Like some other pos...

In Trekking Poles
November 04, 5:58pm