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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: The NPS, backcountry permits, and "excessively dangerous hikes"
"All thoughts appreciated." Save yourself a lot of grief and lie, Dave. You generally can't reason with bureaucrats. Anything .0005 standard deviations outside their preconceived...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The NPS, backcountry permits, and "excessively dangerous hikes"
April 29, 5:33pm

Re: Re: Weak ankles
" "Supportive" shoes contribute to weak ankles" That's a pretty bold statement. Proof?

In GEAR » Last shoe thread,PROMISE! Montrail Jawbone
April 29, 5:20pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: What do I want in hiking boots?
"I just frictioned back up" Is that pink line in the foreground a hand line/rappel setup of some sort?

In Philosophy & Technique » What do I want in hiking boots?
April 28, 8:19pm

Re: Re: Re: Goddard Canyon to Evolution Basin
My pleasure, Casey. A couple of other details that might be helpful: The Tom Harrison Bishop Pass map should be all you need for this route; The low pass into the Davis Lakes Basin is pretty...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Goddard Canyon to Evolution Basin
April 28, 8:10pm

Re: Re: maple sugar
maple sugar is another deeelishus substitute for molasses.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Molasses
April 28, 6:11pm

Re: Goddard Canyon to Evolution Basin
" For those with off-trail experience in the Sierras, what do you think? Also, would one direction be better than the other? Thanks in advance." I've done that route. IMO, you'...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Goddard Canyon to Evolution Basin
April 28, 5:58pm

Re: Re: Tibetan Yaks and Their Poo
" Tibetans, Nepalese, Indians, etc. -- collect cow / yak dung, mold them into 'cakes', dry them under the sun and use them as fuel for cooking and heating." They make great org...

In Philosophy & Technique » Cattle and Water
April 27, 9:10pm

Re: Re: PCT Method Mod.?
"The disadvantage of these methods is that you have a rope hanging down for the bear to bite on and yank the whole works down." In theory. In practice, are there any documented occurr...

In Philosophy & Technique » PCT Method Mod.?
April 27, 9:08pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Compost
"That's a very wasteful and expensive way to make compost." Au contraire, ma cherie. It would be wasteful to just leave him lying there. Besides, our little aerobic buddies don&#...

In Philosophy & Technique » Cattle and Water
April 27, 9:03pm

Re: Re: Cattle and Water and Now Blood!
"Now, Tom, that is mean!" Nah. Even vegetarians man up when they're faced with the prospect of ending up as the guest of honor at some cannibal's Weber party. Or at least...

In Philosophy & Technique » Cattle and Water
April 27, 8:53pm

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