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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: Diminishing Gains
"The lightweight gear is made for one purpose - going fast, light, and long." That is one purpose, Michael, and probably the most common one at that. But I think there is another usef...

In GEAR » Have we hit the point of diminishing gains?
August 15, 3:40pm

Re: Re: Re: JMT Record Pace and Carbs v.s. Fats
"So my main question is at what intensity level can fats be used instead of carbs to cut weight." Art, Fat will be metabolized at any level of exercise up to the anaerobic threshold...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT Record Pace and Carbs v.s. Fats
August 13, 6:04pm

Re: Sleeping in a wet syn. sleeping bag - who here has done it?
"Can anyone debunk this myth or give credence to it with a pleasant experience sleeping in a wet synthetic sleeping bag some night?" Art, I don't know about debunking, or pleasa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping in a wet syn. sleeping bag - who here has done it?
August 09, 9:37pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TP in the Backcountry
"Now, of course, I expect you to climb Black Kaweah (13,665') once a year and gather data up a little higher. I'll be looking for your posts" I've been up near the Black Ka...

In Philosophy & Technique » BP 101 - Washing Your Bottom W/O TP
August 09, 6:53pm

Re: Using 1/8'' Closed Cell Foam as a groundcloth?
"Or heck, even 72 x 20 size? All I can seem to find is the Gossamer Gear pads, which are torso length." If all else fails, order two GG 1/8" pads and duct tape them together.

In GEAR » Using 1/8'' Closed Cell Foam as a groundcloth?
August 08, 10:49pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: TP in the Backcountry
"So, TP in dryer conditions decomposes faster than in wet areas? Boy is that ever counter intuitive." Jim, It's not the water per se but, rather, that excessive water displaces ...

In Philosophy & Technique » BP 101 - Washing Your Bottom W/O TP
August 08, 4:55pm

Re: Pack Weight
"any recommendations on a particular jacket with some insulation?" Brett, Maybe take a look at the WM Flash vest. It weighs 3 1/2 oz and should be enough to keep your core warm on ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT speed record attempt
August 07, 6:00pm

Re: Re: Re: everclear as fuel
"Roger Caffin's article on CO emission by all alcohol stoves calls CO levels "very significant"--the stove in the caldera cone has some of the higher levels of stoves tested.&quo...

In GEAR » alcohol stove
August 05, 8:32pm

Re: everclear as fuel
"anyone have an educated insight on the safety of fumes from burned everclear?" If your stove is burning 100% efficiently, the fumes should consist of water and CO2. If it is burning ...

In GEAR » alcohol stove
August 05, 5:52pm

Re: Re: everclear as fuel
"Can I take everclear on a plane with me?" No. It is a flammable liquid, and they are strictly prohibited.

In GEAR » alcohol stove
August 05, 5:40pm

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