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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Pacific Northwest/Sierra
About Me Leave no tracks.
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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: Re: Trip advice: Summer, West of here!
"My friend called me today and said he could now go ANYTIME next year so I'm free to do Spring (it can't come too soon!) So, with your favorite spot's best season in mind, does ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trip advice: Summer, West of here!
June 11, 8:04pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Graffiti and Government Bullcrap
"Already, there is free shuttle service in Zion, Glacier, Acadia, and other parks and it has been hugely successful" Thanks for pointing this out, Peter. You just made my day. I don&...

In Chaff » Graffiti and Government Bullcrap
June 11, 7:38pm

Re: Trip advice: Summer, West of here!
"One nice trip that might be about the right distance for you is North Lake -> Piute Pass -> drop down to pick up JMT -> Muir Pass -> LeConte Canyon -> Bishop Pass -> South L...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trip advice: Summer, West of here!
June 11, 5:29pm

Re: Re: Re: cat as bear deterrent
"I'm trying to decide which is stupider. Bring a cat backpacking or a 3 month old human baby. hrm..." And possibly illegal. Remember, it's against the law to feed wild animal...

In Chaff » Backpacking with Cats
June 11, 5:07pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Graffiti and Government Bullcrap
"Classic debate technique. I'm not biting. It is obviously not an easy solution. But I can tell you what is NOT a solution:" First off, Dean, I'm not interested in a debate,...

In Chaff » Graffiti and Government Bullcrap
June 11, 4:55pm

Re: Re: Re: Graffiti and Government Bullcrap
"The national parks, after all, have a different mission that the wilderness areas. I think the national parks are MEANT to be accessable to all- even if only parts of them. Thus the crowds at...

In Chaff » Graffiti and Government Bullcrap
June 10, 7:34pm

Re: Trip advice: Summer, West of here!
"Where would the experts recommend? Thanks for your advice." Hi Todd, I'd enthusiastically Amy's recommendation of the Southern Sierra for mid August thru mid(maybe late) Sept...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trip advice: Summer, West of here!
June 10, 7:13pm

Re: Solo Shelter Options
"I'm looking for a lightweight solo shelter - mainly for summer trips - and I'm not really sure where to start. I have the Big Agnes Seedhouse 3, which I've been using for group tr...

In GEAR » Solo Shelter Options
June 10, 6:58pm

Re: Re: Trekking poles - All in the Head?
"Anyway isn't perception 9/10ths of reality?" Maybe, but the other 1/10th, gravity, is the one that really counts. ;)

In Philosophy & Technique » Trekking poles - All in the Head?
June 09, 8:41pm

Re: Re: Graffiti and Government Bullcrap
"It is the decline of western civilization at an exponential rate." Indeed. We go where others have gone before. Of late, I have come to wonder if the Second Law of Thermodynamics appl...

In Chaff » Graffiti and Government Bullcrap
June 09, 8:11pm

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

REI Peak UL
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