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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Wine Country
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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backpacker magazine quoted us...
A few weeks ago we got an email from Backpacker magazine, asking us for "local tips" on where people might go hiking in the Emigrant Wilderness. We were flattered, and even if we hadn...

In Pre-Trip Planning » backpacker magazine quoted us...
December 09, 11:12am

Really?
You'd better be a perfect shot to use that sidearm. And when you wake up in the middle of the night, and it's pitch black, make sure you kill the bear with your first shot. Or have a d...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking Solo?
December 07, 9:39pm

Extra food
You are correct---nobody is going to starve to death on a day hike, or even a day hike that goes bad and lasts three days. But I've found that people with low blood sugar are cranky and stu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Required items for UL backpacking
December 05, 9:42am

Lost and found
It's hardest in a forest with an overcast sky. That limits your ability to find clear landmarks...including the sun. I've never been so lost that I couldn't find myself, but I have...

In Philosophy & Technique » Becoming disoriented in the woods
December 02, 4:31pm

Yosemite hiking
That first day is going to be brutal, especially if you are heading up from sea level. You probably won't get a very early start, and then you are hiking up 5,000 of elevation gain in a single...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Yosemite Trip
December 01, 6:13pm

weight
Ha! We took it out of it's frame, so now it weighs a lot less. I should probably remove the wood we used as a backing, and use foam core to cut the weight even more...lol

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Real copy, or fake original....
November 12, 10:23pm

More to the story
Thanks to some crowdsourcing on another backpacking site... Turns out that this IS a print of an original Bierstadt, which hangs in the Princeton University art collection. For some reason it i...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Real copy, or fake original....
November 12, 8:57am

Bierstadt
Bierstadt is a painter who was famous for painting landscapes of the West in the 1800s...including many places where people on these boards backpack. He was one of the first to record images Yellow...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Real copy, or fake original....
November 11, 12:26pm

Real copy, or fake original....
Many years ago, we were given a really nice old French wine poster—one that fit perfectly into the style of our old house in downtown Napa. But the poster was unframed, and we learned that frami...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Real copy, or fake original....
November 10, 5:25pm

Trailheads are the issue
How did you get to Youngs Lakes? IF Tioga Pass is open, then there are lots of options...Cathedral Lakes and beyond, for example. BUt if the highways are closed over the passes, you have fewer...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best winter trip in Yosemite or Emigrant
October 29, 8:34pm

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