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Charles Grier (Rincon) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Desert Southwest
About Me Mountaineer and backpacker since 1946 mainly in the western US but with excursions to Antarctica, Alaska, western Canada, North Africa and Japan. Hiked the John Muir Trail solo and unsupported in 1954; this was the start of my lightweight endeavors which have proceeded erratically ever since.
StateSE Arizona
My PDF Gear ListThree season gear for western mountains.

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It's a reaction with dishwasher detergent.
Several of the chemicals used in dishwasher detergent react with aluminum. I have several aluminum backpacking pots that turned a mottled grey-blue after a turn the dishwasher. If the aluminum is...

In GEAR » Aluminum pot discoloration
April 01, 3:31pm

A nation of takers? Some perspective.

In Chaff » Obamacare...the real world
March 30, 6:05am

FS: Near new Hexamid.
The term "nearly new" means that it has been used for three nights. There are no flaws or imperfections to photograph. The tent is like new but has had a few nights of easy use. So, yo...

In Gear Swap » FS: Zpacks Hexamid Solo Tent, nearly new.
March 28, 6:22am

For sale. Zpacks Hexamid Solo Tent with extended beak, Cuben bathtub ground sheet and stow sack. The tent and it's accessories weigh just a bit over 16 oz. This Hexamid is made of 0.51 oz pe...

In Gear Swap » FS: Zpacks Hexamid Solo Tent, nearly new.
March 26, 3:32pm

No-frills, sub 10oz summer backpacking pants
If you have even the least bit of sewing ability, or know someone who does, check out the Liberty Ridge over-pants kit at Thru-Hiker. I made a pair, they weigh about 3 oz and can be put on without...

In GEAR » No-frills, sub 10oz summer backpacking pants?
March 24, 12:06pm

Temps in Saguaro
I'm leaving tomorrow for four days in the Rincon Mountains (Saguaro NP East). I anticipate temperatures no lower than freezing at 8000' and a bit warmer lower down. I'm taking a warme...

In GEAR » Extending a 30 Degree Bag to the mid to low 20s
March 17, 4:14pm

Another vote for the Kalais (or the Aquilo)
I used a Kalais last summer on the JMT. It is one of the most comfortable packs I have carried and I have used a lot of packs. Or, get the Aquilo: same great suspension, more volume and a few oun...

In GEAR » First Lightweight Pack Purchase - which to buy?
March 11, 6:28am

Bear canisters on JMT
"Charles gives a lot of good information in his post, but the above quote is incorrect." Thanks for the correction. In my original post, I didn't mean to imply that canisters were...

In GEAR » bear canisters, bv500 overdoing it for the JMT? anybody try to fit one in a Granite Gear Crown VC 60?
March 07, 5:43am

bear canisters, bv500 overdoing it for the JMT?
The size of bear can you need will depend on your resupply schedule and your daily mileage. One can easily get by with a BV450 between Yosemite and Muir Trail Ranch. But, between MTR and Whitney ...

In GEAR » bear canisters, bv500 overdoing it for the JMT? anybody try to fit one in a Granite Gear Crown VC 60?
March 06, 6:09am

Two item first aid kit?
I consider this idea (only two items) to fall into the "stupid light" category. +1

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What is your two item first aid kit?
February 28, 6:23am

All Reader Reviews by Charles Grier

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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1
Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars Design: Semi-free-standing Sleeps: 1 Ease of Setup: Moderately easy Weight: 2 lb, 3 oz Price Paid: $240 I bought the Big Agnes Fly Creek to replace a Tarptent Contra...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 12, 7:32pm