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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Pacific Northwest/Sierra
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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: Re: Polycryo vs. window treatment from home improvement store
"I’ve been using the ‘outside’ version for 2 years and it is tough. This polycro is much tougher than those emergency blankets." That's what I've been waiting to hear. I...

In GEAR » Polycryo vs. window treatment from home improvement store
January 04, 5:56pm

Re: 60%
Pretty slim pickins. If you thought the BPL year end gear sale was bad, this will give you a whole new perspective.

In Gear Deals » 60% off patagonia at 6pm
January 02, 6:12pm

Re: ,
"Its the later bronze version. I like the idea of getting a bigger bungee cord. I just havnt found a place online that has the right kind yet." Check with Ron Bell at Mountainlaureldes...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cant Beleive this Hasnt been asked Yet
January 02, 6:05pm

Whiteout navigation
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure the old saying goes. Definitely applies to whiteouts. Be aware of weather forecast before leaving and constantly monitor the weather as you proceed...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Whiteout navigation...
January 02, 6:01pm

Re: Re: Re: Health care
Message deleted. Sorry for the outbust, folks. Happy New Year and Happy Hiking to one and all.

In Chaff » Health Care
January 01, 8:09pm

Re: Nut Butter Turds
"I'll have to test them on the trail to see how well they last." Standing by for a debriefing. Little turds, huh? Does that mean their's no pressure to share? ;}

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » PB & Sugar
December 31, 5:29pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PB & Sugar
"Hey Tom! Please do post if you alter and it turns out well!" Will do, Doug. How much coconut, BTW?

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » PB & Sugar
December 31, 3:21pm

My picks
1) Gossamer Gear LT4's-best poles I've ever used. 2) Inov8 Roclite 370's-best shoes I've ever used. Outstanding on granite. 3) ULA Ohm-Despite a couple of minor shortcomings...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2009 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 30, 5:49pm

Re: Re: Health Care
"Preventative medicine should be a part of every health care plan in the world. And so should proper and comprehensive education on the subject of prevention." +10! Proper nutrition...

In Chaff » Health Care
December 30, 5:45pm

Re: Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies
"Unfortunately, too many rules of expedition behavior remain unspoken. Some leaders seem to assume that their team members already have strong and generous characters like their own. But judgi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies
December 29, 4:45pm

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