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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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Do you really want to do the whole JMT? Then you start in Yosemite Valley and hike to Whitney. That's the whole JMT. Or do you just want to do part of it? There are lots of sections tha...

In Pre-Trip Planning » John Muir Trail
April 15, 10:33pm

Mitchell Peak
Mitchell Peak is on just about everyone's favorite dayhikes in the Sierra...and it's not far from Grants Grove. You can also do some dispersed camping in the National Forest in that ar...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Dayhikes before Big SEKI Loop
April 14, 7:58pm

We don't hike with Scouts, so we may not be much help. It's only my wife and I...and I carry the bear can and tent, she carries the stove and cooking stuff. I bet you could work out somet...

In Pre-Trip Planning » backpacking with the kids
April 14, 12:56pm

Water shoes
Yeah-- I often take a pair of lightweight wading shoes. But since this trip was light and fast, I left them behind. And David, if you are up to your thighs in water you are in very different ci...

In Philosophy & Technique » Crossings
April 13, 3:28pm

Near 20 lakes
Is Virginia Lakes. The trailhead there will take you up over Virginia Lakes Pass, and you can explore Virginia Canyon, McCabe Lakes...wonderful area. And you won't see many people at all. We...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Suggestion for 4 nights, 40 miles in Sierras in July
April 13, 3:26pm

So let's talk about crossing a stream. Not a river, but a tumbling little stream full of rocks and boulders. I tend to rock hop across, a skill developing over decades of fly fishing in the...

In Philosophy & Technique » Crossings
April 13, 11:56am

Twin Lakes
The hike that a lot of scouts and others do is the 50 mile loop from Twin Lakes to Benson Lake, Matterhorn Canyon, etc. Lovely hiking, esp. Matterhorn. The lakes have nice fish. And you could ad...

In Pre-Trip Planning » backpacking with the kids
April 11, 10:29pm

Grouse Lake
It was about ten+ miles that we hiked in to Grouse that day...and of course the same back. I think it would be a bit longer from the Wawona side, and more climbing. That first stretch up to the t...

In Post-Trip Reports » Early April in Yosemite
April 05, 12:51pm

Early April in Yosemite
Hiked in from the Ostrander Lake Trailhead, since Glacier Point Road is now open. Only tiny patches of snow visible all the way to Grouse Lake, where we camped. Not a single mosquito--but it was ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Early April in Yosemite
April 05, 9:27am

Bug predictions
Yeah, well, there are a few things that we keep in mind: 1. If the temps are low enough, there won't be bugs. This is true year round. So if you can find a cold week after the snows melt...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bug Forecasting
April 05, 9:21am

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