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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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Re: Giardia treatment
"Giardia diagnosis is difficult. You need 3 stool samples from separate dumps. You need to sift through the stuff looking for ova and parasites. It's messy and expensive and rarely done.&q...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Do you filter?
October 23, 5:52pm

Re: Giardia from your buddies, not from the water
"Giardia transmission in the backcountry is usually between hikers -- fecal oral transmission -- not from the water supply." The question then arises: where did the transmitting backp...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Do you filter?
October 23, 3:34pm

Re: Re: Re: Giardia from your buddies, not from the water
"Yep - fecal-oral transmission for 99% of problems. (Contaminated food for the remaining 1%.) WASH YOUR HANDS! And don't trust others ... especially in Asia. I guess I must be the excep...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Do you filter?
October 23, 3:07pm

Re: Re: Grammar Police
"This is the sort of thing up with which I will not put!" SHALL not put. You are under arrest. You have the right to remain silent....

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight Backpacking Ethically (UBE)
October 21, 8:31pm

Montrail Namches for sale
I have two pairs of brand new Montrail Namches to sell. Still in their original boxes. Price: $50/pair, shipped. Size: 10 mens Color: Celery

In Gear Swap » Montrail Namches for sale
October 21, 6:02pm

Re: Re: Re: Expeditioning Food/Stove Ideas
"Lack of calories won't kill you, just slow you down." A note of caution: On longer trips, lack of calories can result in cannibalizing your muscle tissue to produce glucose. Dep...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Expeditioning Food/Stove Ideas
October 20, 12:02pm

Re: Do you filter?
"It was in a popular camping and hunting area (Buck Creek Pass in Washington's Glacier Peak Wilderness). I can only assume that the ground water was polluted. I think both the Cascades ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Do you filter?
October 19, 8:50pm

Re: Expeditioning Food/Stove Ideas
"Solo three week trip (~21 days). Zero resupply opportunity. Water only cooking. Long days of traveling necessitated by water source needs. Temperatures from over 100 deg F to 25 deg F. In...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Expeditioning Food/Stove Ideas
October 19, 8:46pm

Re: Re: Re:
"last time I heard it was a total sheep population of 43 sheep! That was because a whole batch got wiped out in an avalanche staying high to avoid the overabundance of moutain lion." ...

In Chaff » 300 Black Bears killed so far in Ca. hunting season?
October 18, 8:25pm

Re: Hypothesis
"No, all the CO2 does not "combine"." Spare me the quotes, BC. They come off as downright condescending. Would you prefer "react"? I could as well put quotes a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Diamox
October 18, 8:18pm

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 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