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In User Test Forum » xxx
September 27, 9:11pm

McGee Lakes Basin via Lamarck Col 9/6-11 McGee Lakes Basin had been on my list of special places for over 30 years, so when a more ambitious trip going in over Lamarck Col fell thru, it was an ...

In User Test Forum » ot-McG
September 26, 8:56pm

Re: Wind River Range, August-September 2014
"We did not fulfill our intentions. But it was great. We laughed, we cried. Etc." That's what next year is for. Excellent TR and some very nice pics to fill in between the lines. ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Wind River Range, August-September 2014
September 24, 8:57pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: I picked the wrong hobby.
"I may do Nick, once I get a green card" CA won't let people from east of the Rockies enter, green card or no, until this Ebola epidemic is over.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I picked the wrong hobby.
September 21, 8:28pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Never going to win
"I would say Lebanon currently has a somewhat-shaky agreement in place, punctuated by the occasional assassination." Very shaky, given that Lebanese Shi'a and Sunni factions are ki...

In Chaff » The Question of Militarism/Empire
September 03, 8:10pm

Re: Courtright to Goddard, August 2014
" It was written to share with my family and friends, and not so much with a technical mountaineering crowd, so pardon the simplicity." When you write a TR this well, it will appeal to...

In Post-Trip Reports » Courtright to Goddard, August 2014
September 03, 5:17pm

Re: Re: PCT or CDT during winter
"Check out Kevin Sawchuck's excellent article on skiing the JMT on this website. It will give you an appreciation for the difficulty of what you are suggesting." +1 "The a...

In Winter Hiking » PCT or CDT during winter
September 03, 5:03pm

Re: top it off before use.
"if possible, it helps to fill the starlyte to capacity before trying to light it. this way there is some alcohol pooled at the top for easier lighting." +1 This technique, when used ...

In GEAR » Best way to light a StarLyte?
September 02, 5:47pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New settlements announced
"One thing is to blame Hamas for starting the last attack, another is to now say nothing about this. Is the silence a form of approval ?" I would call it acquiescence, although the dif...

In Chaff » The real reasons why Israel is bombing Palestine
September 01, 5:20pm

Re: Re: Re: New settlements announced
"Is this where American supporters of Israel's last war in Gaza just look away and pretend it isn't happening? Because I am either an idiot, which is certainly possible, or this cannot...

In Chaff » The real reasons why Israel is bombing Palestine
August 31, 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 travelcountry.com 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