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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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To keep it in perspective
He who dies with the most toys...dies. Or, as a dirtbag climber once observed: At either end of the economic spectrum there is a leisure class.

In Chaff » Happy, happy days are here again!
November 25, 4:04pm

Re: Re: Thank God this section is no longer titled the G-spot
"I'm sure I am one of many that did not see it as sexual." Many? Oh darn, now we'll have to take a poll. :(

In GEAR » Thank God this section is no longer titled the G-spot
November 24, 7:18pm

Ease of entry/exit
For those of us who answer the call to nature 1 or more times per night, it seems that this bag would be a difficult proposition; too bad the hood opening isn't a bit larger. That and 800 fil...

In Editor's Roundtable » Therm-a-Rest Haven Down Top Bag Review
November 23, 5:10pm

Re: Re: Getting used to winter
"Here's two shots from my run this morning in Los Padres N.F.:" Man, that is some prime running country! Temperatures in the mid 20's right now, down to 15 tonight. Quite a...

In Post-Trip Reports » Getting used to winter
November 23, 4:13pm

Re: Again...
"I know to take it slow as I get to altitude and sleep as low as is prudent" James, If you are in good health and take your time getting acclimatized, there is no altitude attainabl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Weather in the Sierras
November 23, 4:11pm

Re: Re: Is it really that bad?
"We do not need all the regulation. If a corporation harms someone or a group of people, we have courts to handle this. The regulatory agencies are not needed, as long as we adjudicate objecti...

In Chaff » The Carbon Flame War
November 23, 3:43pm

Re: Re: Is it really that bad?
"Yes, many corporations do sponsor PACs and most corporate officers contribute via PACs, not directly to candidates." Again, to your knowledge, have any of them ever been fired by thei...

In Chaff » The Carbon Flame War
November 23, 3:31pm

Re: Re: Is it really that bad?
"Unfortunately, I cannot really spend the time to respond as I probably should." I, for one, would encourage you to take a little extra time. If you are currently posting with one han...

In Chaff » The Carbon Flame War
November 23, 3:28pm

Re: Re: Is it really that bad?
"At the beginning of President Obama's term, government spending made up 35 percent of gross domestic product. Now, it is up to almost 45 percent, which puts us seventh among advanced econ...

In Chaff » The Carbon Flame War
November 22, 5:43pm

Re: Re: Is it really that bad?
"The reason corporations sponsor PACs is to solicit donations from people who support the company's point of view." Including, I would venture, just about anyone who wants to get a...

In Chaff » The Carbon Flame War
November 22, 5:22pm

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