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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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Re: Re: Re: it's easier than you think
"One who is not pregnant? That's my best guess! ;-)" Or one who is not expecting to be expecting? ;-}

In Philosophy & Technique » Where does one find...?
April 08, 9:14pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Skimpy ropes
"There is the problem. You confuse Yosemite Park with Yosemite Valley." Reread my post, Bob. Notice I mentioned Tuolumne Meadows as well. I'm not quite that big an idiot, althoug...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What kind of rope for bear bag?
April 08, 9:11pm

Re: Re: Re: Stats on back country injuries/illness???
"Closest I know of if produced by the American Alpine Club: their annual Accidents in North American Mountaineering" That's pretty much the bible for climbing, but it doesn't c...

In Philosophy & Technique » Stats on back country injuries/illness???
April 08, 9:09pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Skimpy ropes
"It isn't so crowded anymore." Maybe I'll give it another look. Last time I was there was for a climb of Cathedral Spire in the Valley in 1990. Traffic jams, smog, traffic co...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What kind of rope for bear bag?
April 08, 6:25pm

Re: Re: Re: dog wins
"Doglas: Don't grovel. It's not attractive." Yeah, but it sure is fun to watch. ;}

In GEAR » Tarptents
April 08, 6:09pm

Re: Re: Skimpy ropes
"But then, Yosemite got strict about bear canisters, so the bagging technique is now becoming a lost art." One more reason I don't backpack in Yosemite.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What kind of rope for bear bag?
April 08, 6:07pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Arctic tent
"Single wall wedge tents with interior poles also set up pretty well in hight winds: stake the corners, extend poles and slide 1/2 way in, climb in and insert poles (preferably with pack insid...

In GEAR » Arctic tent
April 08, 5:53pm

Skimpy ropes
Not only are skimpy ropes hard to pull, they are hard on trees. They slice through the bark when hauled up/down loaded. I use a nylon utility rope similar to, but lighter than, clothes line, even...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What kind of rope for bear bag?
April 08, 5:37pm

Re: Re: Hubba Hubba
"My Hubba Hubba happened to also leak through the seams in the floor and the fly. No good for the PNW." Sounds like you got a lemon. Why didn't you just exchange it or get a refun...

In GEAR » Thoughts on tent before I pull the trigger
April 07, 5:37pm

Re: Thoughts on tent before I pull the trigger
"So basically anything else I should take into consideration before I purchase something. I think I'm leaning more towards the TT Rainbow right now." Since you work at REI, you mig...

In GEAR » Thoughts on tent before I pull the trigger
April 06, 5:04pm

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