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Charles G. (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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What's so great about the JMT?
>>You know the ones: What tent should I use on the JMT Which is the best stove for the JMT What sleeping bag do people bring on the JMT What brand of sniffing glue is recommended for the ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's so great about the JMT?
May 10, 12:50pm

What's so great about the JMT?
Jim, your experience in 2008 pretty much parallels mine. The only places I felt the presence of crowds was at Happy Isles, Tuolumne Meadows, Red's Meadow and Whitney Portal. BTW, did you get ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's so great about the JMT?
May 07, 11:58am

What's so great about the JMT?
You forgot to mention the hordes of Mosquitos, many of which carry diseases such as meningitis. Also, the bears along the JMT are smarter, and hungrier, than the average human. Oh, I forgot to m...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's so great about the JMT?
May 05, 4:50pm

"rain kilt = winner!"
I believe that the garbage bag kilt was first mentioned by Colin Fletcher about 1975. He caller it "Colin's kilt" when he described it in one of the editions of his book "The Co...

In GEAR » rain kilt = winner!
May 05, 4:36pm

WHICH BACKPACK
For what are you considering these packs?

In GEAR » WHICH BACKPACK
May 05, 12:14pm

Ziplock storage containers
I use a 1 3/4 cup Ziplock storage container as a substitute for freezer bags. The container is easy to find in the market, has a snap on lid and weighs less than an ounce. I think that Glad makes...

In GEAR » Freezer bag cooking vs. pot cooking - weight of boil-in-bag bags?
May 05, 6:35am

BA Fly Creek
On the other hand, I have used a Fly Creek 1 ( not the UL) for four years including several fairly long (>100 mile) hikes in the Sierra and it has served me well. So far, the tent doesn't s...

In GEAR » Tent for the JMT
April 29, 4:14pm

SMD Starlite might be worth a look.
Not sure about the Catylist but I know that the SMD Starlite will take a large bear can (BV-500) horizontally with a lot of space to spare. I used this pack for at least four years and finally got...

In GEAR » Which ULA pack when you need more volume?
April 26, 10:42am

I'll second this.
I am also impressed with ZPacks service . I recommend them to anyone looking for quality, ultra-lightweight backpacking gear.

In GEAR » Gotta love those ZPacks guys
April 23, 6:03am

Hexamid sold.
Sold.

In Gear Swap » FS, ZPacks Hexamid Solo
April 21, 11:30am

All Reader Reviews by Charles G.

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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