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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: Just wondering...
"I personally like to hike fast. I’m not interested in the views, flowers or even lying around in camp. If I don’t feel the need to puke at least once in a hike I kind of feel cheated.&quo...

In Philosophy & Technique » High Speed Backpacking - why
March 21, 4:39pm

Re: Another "look over there" for Bryan
"It's great to know which of the "look over there" detours are proven winners." If you're comfortable with easy off trail hiking where you basically can't get los...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » John Muir Trail, Class of 2010
March 21, 3:46pm

Re: Got my permit!
"I'd love suggestions for favorite spots that are lesser known and have great views." If you have the time, Bryan, a side trip up into Milestone Basin would be very much worth your...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » John Muir Trail, Class of 2010
March 20, 8:41pm

Re: thoms tyvek GCB (ground cover bivy)

In Make Your Own Gear » thoms tyvek GCB (ground cover bivy)
March 20, 5:11pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: High Speed Backpacking - why go UL
"For those who ask "Why go fast" ? You should also ask "Why go UL" ?" Well?

In Philosophy & Technique » High Speed Backpacking - why
March 19, 8:42pm

Re: Rainier light?- Boot advice needed @Jeff
"Is this a good choice? I asked at e-OMC and they said only really in shape alpine dudes would use this in some blitz summit bid. WTF? There is a fitness level requirement for boots now? Are t...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Rainier light?
March 19, 8:28pm

Is this what they mean by 6-pack abs?

In Chaff » Beer
March 19, 4:51pm

Re: Re: Help me with my sleep system!
+1 Either way, you should be good down to 20 and, with the addition of a light insulating layer like the Cocoon pullover or a Montbell Extremely Light Don Jacket plus equivalent pants, you sho...

In GEAR » Help me with my sleep system!
March 19, 4:48pm

Re: Skinny and cold
" know these changes are pretty basic but they did wonders for me." Good job, Justin. Sounds like you've got it dialed in really well. A lot of folks overlook eating a calorie de...

In GEAR » Help me with my sleep system!
March 19, 4:19pm

Re: Re: Error on the high side
"I prefer to go with 1 g per lb of lean mass." Seems a bit on the high side, but better high than low since the excess will get metabolized to produce energy anyway.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Nutrition Planning - low weight + balanced diet
March 18, 8:34pm

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