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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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Re: Visibility to helicopters if lost, stranded or injured
A few thoughts: - That bike light won't be visible very far during the day, which is when most SAR helicopters and planes fly. You need something intensely bright (like a strobe flash or sig...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Visibility to helicopters if lost, stranded or injured
October 14, 11:57pm

Re: rescue insurance
I'm working on a rescue insurance article for BPL, which might be published early next year. Judging from my early work, the whole area is incredibly complex. Keep those stories and pointers...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Does it cost to hit the SOS button??
October 12, 5:35pm

One more tip
If no single bush is strong enough for that "can't fail" anchor -- tie off to multiple bushes. You need lots of extra line, and knot-fu, ring, or carabiner to equalize the tension ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Techniques for River Corridor Camping
October 11, 2:35pm

Great article + more tips
Great article. I learned some new tricks, and have a few more. I've slept hundreds of nights in river corridors on whitewater raft trips. - I liked Table 1 Tent Stake Holding Power. Nice to ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Techniques for River Corridor Camping
October 10, 3:29pm

Re: Emergency Flight Insurance?
Greg, I'm working on a BPL article about rescue insurance. If you find anything, let me know. Article might be published early next year. -- Rex

In Other Activities » Emergency Flight Insurance?
October 10, 11:01am

Motorcycle better than truck/SUV
Getting to the trailhead lighter and more responsibly on a motorcycle seems completely in line with BPL's mission. Much better than a solo backpacker in a Ford Excursion! I like the idea of ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Moto-Backpacking
October 09, 9:57am

Re: Packrafting at GGG VI
No parking allowed now near the bridge at mile 7.1. Next closest legal parking is at Hunting Hollow, or Coyote Park. Also, that bridge might be the last legal takeout above Coyote Reservoir. Bel...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 6th Annual G.G.G. 1/24-26 2014
October 08, 4:42pm

Researchers find natural DEET alternatives "A newly discovered batch of safe bug repellents works just as well as DEET, scie...

In On the Web » Researchers find natural DEET alternatives
October 02, 5:55pm

Re: Yellowbrick Review
Richard, Great review, thanks for spending the $$$ for the battery run down tests! The most outstanding feature of the Yellowbrick is incredible battery life. Another Yellowbrick review, revi...

In Editor's Roundtable » SOTMR: Two-way Satellite Communications for Backpacking: Part 3: Satellite Texting
October 01, 8:34pm

Re: good digital thermometer
+1 on the Acurite. Also see these recent BPL threads: http://www.backpackinglight....

In GEAR » Recomendations for a good digital thermomter
October 01, 7:34pm

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