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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me Decades of hiking and backpacking in the Sierra...and beyond. Check out our website for fun, stories, trip reports, photos and philosophy!
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Sierra Bears
Black bears in the Sierra are aggressive when and where they are in contact with people who allow them to begin to associate people with free high-calorie food. That happens most often in car camp...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
March 19, 11:15am

Not in the Park
Because you may not only have to worry about bears, but also rangers. If the rangers find you in a national park without a bear can, you will sleep well, knowing that you have contributed a hef...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
March 19, 10:35am

Clarence King
Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada: history, geology, and story-telling at the highest level.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Book to read on the sierras
March 18, 9:17am

No Crowds?
I just want to clarify that there will be plenty of people around in Twenty Lakes Basin, on your first night, and Young Lakes as well. As noted here, Young Lakes is very quick to fill up with newb...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best high country trip with no crowds?
March 14, 10:27am

more days/miles
If you wanted to add a couple of days to this trip, you could head out of McCabe Lake and up Virginia Canyon to Rescue and Soldier Lakes. You may see some people on the first mile or two of that r...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best high country trip with no crowds?
March 12, 9:07am

1000 Island
If you ARE going to re-supply at Red's Meadow, you can always take a day off around Thousand Island Lake. But instead of staying on the JMT and putting up with the crowds, head West around the...

In Pre-Trip Planning » JMT rest days & mosquitos
February 26, 3:58pm

Ha!
I am still recovering from this line: "Seriously, haven't you seen Caddyshack?" Seriously,....that's a whole new form of lightening things up!

In Philosophy & Technique » Thunderstorms in the wilderness – What to do
February 26, 3:55pm

North?
If you are in the SF Bay Area, you might also look at the Emigrant wilderness. That would allow you to start near Sonora Pass and hike south to the JMT in Tuolumne Meadows. Fewer people, very muc...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Two SE guys + JMT + 70miles = ?
February 07, 10:37am

Biggest coincern?
Weather. If it looks really bad, I won't go. The packing is second nature. The route can be modified to fit the circumstances. The weather can make you miserable.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Pre-trip Planning
February 04, 10:29pm

Leavitt Meadows
You can also self permit for the trailhead at Leavitt Meadows, and anyone going over Sonora Pass is also going right past that trailhead. The hike up and over the Sierra Crest there is quite beaut...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Extended JMT
February 01, 6:13pm

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