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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: Re: Re: Land Mines
"That sounds more like wild horses or burros." Nope. I've seen horsepackers loose their animals right on the shore of pristine lakes in the Upper Kern too many times. What a mess...

In Chaff » Do you hate horses too?
December 19, 5:31pm

Re: outfitters along the PCT
"But the UL 90 inflatable when toggled to the Montbell pillow is a great setup, and FWIW (again, ccf pad underneath)" +1 I've found this combo with a GG 1/8" Thinlite to be...

In GEAR » nightlight torso + thinlight
December 19, 5:09pm

Re: Re: Cheaper than timex
"Poor Tom... a persistent alarm clock that can't be turned off." It's an old man's approach to going UL. Turn adversity into an opportunity to shave grams. How much did y...

In GEAR » alarm clock input needed
December 18, 8:35pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: lighten yourself
"Having fat fear doesn't help since I'm afraid to keep upping calories." That's a tough nut to crack, Chris. Maybe as time goes on, and you get used to the idea that your ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lighten Your Heaviest Gear: You!
December 18, 8:32pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Shrinking triglycerides
"Geez Tom! It's simple! Everyone knows that triglycerides are made of wool. Just wash them in hot water." Hot water, huh? We gotta stop now, Douglas. Brian's gonna think w...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lighten Your Heaviest Gear: You!
December 18, 8:29pm

Re: Re: Walking across Iran
"I think it is wonderful that someone is attempting to show Iran in a more down-to-earth light; such places sure do need it!" +1 Iran is a country of supassing beauty, and the peopl...

In Post-Trip Reports » Walking across Iran
December 18, 6:03pm

Re: Re: Re: Walking across Iran
"In contrast there was Rory Stewart's walk across Afghanistan" Rollicking good read, wasn't it? Talk about brass balls...

In Post-Trip Reports » Walking across Iran
December 18, 5:55pm

Re: Walking in Iran
"This walker comes across as an apologist for the Iranian government, perhaps so he can enjoy the scenery. He sold out." Maybe. Or maybe the walker is just doing what he thinks he h...

In Post-Trip Reports » Walking across Iran
December 18, 5:52pm

Re: Cheaper than timex
My bladder does a wonderful job of getting me up at the crack of dawn, sometimes earlier. Then I have the option of getting on with my day or crawling back in the sack and waiting for the sun, dep...

In GEAR » alarm clock input needed
December 18, 5:30pm

Re: Re: lighten yourself
"I dropped more fat than intended and at my current 5ish percent I couldn't go out for too many consecutive days without putting myself at severe risk. I also found that if I don't eat...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lighten Your Heaviest Gear: You!
December 18, 5:10pm

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