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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: flying squirell.
"I think you should make cuben stuffsacks that look like Great Horned Owls." It would just attract every crow(and raven) in the area. Now THAT would be a sight to see. Not too good f...

In GEAR » Flying Squirels Attack
June 15, 5:36pm

Re: flowers?
"When you collected them, were they flowering, or am I correct in my impression that they only flower very early in the year?" My experience with them has always been in August/Septemb...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » identifying wild onions?
June 15, 5:20pm

Re: identifying wild onions?
"Has anyone here successfully gathered wild onions in California?" Yes. Look for them in the marshy margins along lake outlet streams up to ~10,500'. The leaves look a lot like d...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » identifying wild onions?
June 15, 9:41am

Re: Easy recipe-cous cous replacement
"I carry a cup of couscous for my emergency/last nights dinner." Bulgar, or cracked, wheat is an excellent replacement for cous cous, especially as emergency food. You can soak it for...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » couscous for dinner
June 14, 5:23pm

Re: Re: Ain't Hurt'n
"Certainly better than any training I can get in a gym." Have you ever used a Step Mill? It's the stairs without the stair well "lung burn".

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Interesting study about trekking poles use
June 13, 9:27pm

Re: Re: Ain't Hurt'n
"As far as I know, not many gyms have equipment to simulate walking DOWN hill, which is where a lot of leg trauma is generated when hiking." Spot on, Lynn. Gym equipment invariably op...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Interesting study about trekking poles use
June 13, 9:25pm

Re: Re: Down
"> 3. GTX outer shell Scrap this. Too $$ and too heavy. Even the lightest PU-coated nylon jacket is adequate here to block wind and deflect water (and is required). Gore-Tex fabric adds no...

In GEAR » Insulating layers question
June 13, 9:17pm

Re: Re: Ain't Hurt'n, Ain't Work'n Outmoded Simplicity with grain of truth?
"I think everyone should aim to exercise regularly enough that they don't actually get sore when hiking." +1 Exercise, including hiking, shouldn't hurt except in the initial co...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Interesting study about trekking poles use
June 13, 6:28pm

Re: Re: Re: Warm layers at high elevations
"No fleece underneath the Meltdown jacket -- wearing it right over the base layer?" The R1 Hoody replaces a typical fleece jacket in my system. It has a form fitting balaclava-style h...

In GEAR » Insulating layers question
June 13, 6:15pm

Re: Warm layers at high elevations
"Which would be the best option:" Another possible option, a bit pricey but of the highest quality, would be a Western Mountaineering Meltdown Jacket over a mid weight Merino wool or C...

In GEAR » Insulating layers question
June 13, 5:51pm

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