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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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3 Basins and a Bowl along The Great Western Divide
This trip celebrated the reunion of two guys who did a lot of backpacking in the Kern Basin back in the 80’s, before the demands of family and profession forced my friend, Jim, to hang up his boo...

In Post-Trip Reports » 3 Basins and a Bowl along The Great Western Divide
October 27, 5:51pm

Re: Smart cars/suvs/hybrids
"Someone mentioned a Civic HX what a great car 40 mpg+ and capable of 50 with the right modifications." I can get 45-47 on the freeway if I keep it below 65 and there's no headwind...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight Backpacking Ethically (UBE)
October 27, 5:17pm

Re: Is that why your avatar is a piece of meat?
"If they can just get rid of the theocracy...." And replace it with....??

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight Backpacking Ethically (UBE)
October 27, 4:56pm

Re: re
"My 1996 Civic gets 45 highway and 28 city. It also has a back seat." Is it an "HX"?

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight Backpacking Ethically (UBE)
October 27, 4:33pm

Re: Have you tried Northern Lites?
"I'm not sure how they compare with the MSRs for edging sharper slopes, having not tried the MSRs, but I would imagine the MSRs might be a little bit better in that regard. Looks like you ...

In Winter Hiking » MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes
October 26, 8:24pm

Re: Re: Re: another link of genereal giardia and cryptosporidium info
"OK, try this for size:" Hi Roger, Initially I didn't find this study convincing due to the small sample size, but it compelled me to dig a little deeper and I didn't get mu...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Do you filter?
October 24, 9:04pm

Re: Giardia
"Here's a meta-analytic study:" Many thanks, Chris. This study plus an article by Robert L. Rockwell concerning giardia in the Sierra Nevada have pretty much nailed things down a...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Do you filter?
October 24, 8:52pm

Re: Re: UL Gear for a Happy Planet
"Anyone got a better idea for my ancient gear?" Offer them to the next homeless person you see wandering without bag and/or pack. It could make a real difference to their marginal qua...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight Backpacking Ethically (UBE)
October 24, 6:45pm

Re: Re: another link of genereal giardia and cryptosporidium info
"I guess that it is easier to blame the water supply rather than poor personal hygiene." Roger, Both you and Hartley have stated unequivocally, or 99% unequivocally, in previous pos...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Do you filter?
October 24, 3:46pm

Re: Re: Giardia from your buddies, not from the water
"So - you might be carrying some of these bugs in your lower intestines and be an asymptomatic carrier - you have the bugs but you don't have any symptoms. But because you have the bugs, y...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Do you filter?
October 23, 6:16pm

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 travelcountry.com 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

REI Peak UL
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