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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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The ULA Ohm for all my trips up to 10 days so far, which means a weight of ~ 26#. I have carried up to 32# on training hikes up to 12 miles, so I suspect I could squeeze a couple more days out of ...

In GEAR » Favorite UL Backpack
May 06, 5:17pm

Re: Re: Re: Oops
"here's the ultimate backing food video." One advantage for sure, he won't have to worry about protecting his food from bears.

In GEAR » Silnylon vs. Old Skool
May 05, 9:10pm

Re: Re: Stop and Identify Laws
"So no one with an American passport has their irises or fingerprints on immigration records." Oh, there a few, Lynn, and I suspect the list will grow: Faisal Shahzah; Jose Padilla; ...

In Chaff » Stop and Identify Laws
May 05, 7:03pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Eating on Hard Trips
Greg, My pleasure. One favor: Would you let me(us) know how it works for you? Tom

In Post-Trip Reports » Trip Report – Snowshoeing the High Sierras – 4/29-5/1/10
May 05, 6:16pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Darwin
"it simply requires that you do a proper engineering job of it." And therein lies the rub. ;}

In GEAR » group backpacking gear
May 05, 6:06pm

Re: seeds or chewing gum?
"I've heard stuff about chewing gum in Singapore.. but i guess seeds would be a mess to clean up as well." That ain't nuthin' compared to the mess they make of your butt if...

In Chaff » Stop and Identify Laws
May 05, 5:26pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Eating on Hard Trips
"I will have to check out Hammer's website to see what their equalivant. I may be able to get a liquid down." Greg, If palatability is an issue, one possibility is to try an unf...

In Post-Trip Reports » Trip Report – Snowshoeing the High Sierras – 4/29-5/1/10
May 05, 5:24pm

Re: Re: Refilled Fuel Canisters
"More seriously, hazards include: * Overfilling the canister - it really could detonate on a hot day * Damage to the neoprene seal in the Lindal valve, letting it leak on the shelf * Rust o...

In GEAR » group backpacking gear
May 04, 8:26pm

Re: Eating on cold trips
"Add to that the safety risk of not having enough reserve energy in case of emergency!" +1 This might be one of those situations where you would consider using Perpetuem or somethin...

In Post-Trip Reports » Trip Report – Snowshoeing the High Sierras – 4/29-5/1/10
May 04, 6:34pm

Re: CA Eastern Sierra Route Needed
"Last year I lead a group of 10 scouts on a 4-day, 42 miler" I forgot to ask: How old are your guys?

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » CA Eastern Sierra Route Needed
May 04, 6:15pm

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