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Charles G. (Rincon) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Desert Southwest
About Me Mountaineer and backpacker since 1946 mainly in the western US but with excursions to Antarctica, Alaska, western Canada, North Africa and Japan. Hiked the John Muir Trail solo and unsupported in 1954; this was the start of my lightweight endeavors which have proceeded erratically ever since.
StateSE Arizona
My PDF Gear ListThree season gear for western mountains.

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Maybe I need to look into overstuffing?
The thing I noticed once I had down added to my Summerlite was a bit more loft, yes, but mostly that the down stayed in place better. I live in an area with typically low (<10%) relative humidi...

In GEAR » WM Summer light - How Cold?
October 25, 6:08am

Book: "Hiking Light" by Marlyn Doan, Mountainners
The Sierra Club published a book titled " Going Light With Backpack or Burro" in about 1953. The book proposed many of the more recently "invented" lightweight ideas. The main...

In Philosophy & Technique » Book: "Hiking Light" by Marlyn Doan, Mountainners 1982!
October 22, 7:20pm

WM Summer light - How Cold
I have a Summerlite and I start getting cold in it when the temperature gets to the mid thirties. This is with a 100 weight fleece top and Capiline 2 long johns on. I also had the bag overstuffe...

In GEAR » WM Summer light - How Cold?
October 21, 10:07pm

Looking for: Long-Term Durability of the BA Fly Creek UL1
I've had a Fly Creek for over four years. It has seen hard use including section hikes of the PCT and JMT. I have averaged around 25 nights per year in it since I bought it with no durability...

In GEAR » Looking for: Long-Term Durability of the BA Fly Creek UL1
October 08, 1:01am

"HipBelt Pockets"
I have one hip belt pocket on my Elemental Horizons Kalais. I carry my point-and-shoot camera there. If I keep the camera any other place, I tend to pass on photo opportunities.

In GEAR » HipBelt Pockets
October 07, 8:23pm

Eric and Dave
Please take your pissing contest somewhere else. I, for one, don't find it at all helpful or informative and I suspect that others on the forum don't either.

In GEAR » What packs do you like in the 35L range?
September 29, 11:32am

Looking for some feedback on the Elemental Horizons Kalais and Aquilo
In my experience, the Kalais moves as if it were part of you as long as you keep the shoulder straps fairly snug and the load lifter and hip belt control straps properly adjusted. For me, late in ...

In GEAR » Looking for some feedback on the Elemental Horizons Kalais and Aquilo
September 29, 9:23am

Kalais pack in use.
I have been using the Kalais for almost all of my walking this year including a 5-day loop in the Grand Canyon and 10-days on the JMT. Altogether, I have carried it for about 350 miles and with lo...

In GEAR » Looking for some feedback on the Elemental Horizons Kalais and Aquilo
September 29, 7:00am

High-heat, Low-stink options for Tee Shirt?
I hike in much the same conditions as do you. I use a light weight merino wool T-shirt. I am currently using a light Icebreaker shirt although I have also had good luck with Smartwool products. ...

In GEAR » High-heat, Low-stink options for Tee Shirt?
September 13, 12:25pm

Kalais
I just finished the northern half of the JMT using a Kalais pack w/o the lumbar pad but with the stay. I carried a BV-450 bear can in addition to my usual gear. My base weight including the canis...

In GEAR » Elemental Horizons Kalais feedback
September 08, 6:57pm

All Reader Reviews by Charles G.

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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1
Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars Design: Semi-free-standing Sleeps: 1 Ease of Setup: Moderately easy Weight: 2 lb, 3 oz Price Paid: $240 I bought the Big Agnes Fly Creek to replace a Tarptent Contra...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 12, 7:32pm