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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me Decades of hiking and backpacking in the Sierra...and beyond. Check out our website for fun, stories, trip reports, photos and philosophy!
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Suggested route
Unless you are VERY compfortable with high exposure and Class III+ climbing, go for the route back to the road. The east side of that crest between Youngs Lakes and Big Horn Lake is not steep, it&...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Shepherds Crest/Mt Conness in Yosemite
April 12, 10:15am

Tahoe Loop
Desolation is nice, but it is also crowded and small. Very few possibiities there for a full five day loop of anything, Three days gets you in, out, and around most places. But that's worth ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » lake Tahoe area loop
April 12, 10:08am

Bear can
Uh...guys? It was a joke. 4/1/14.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear can misery
April 03, 8:58am

Bear can misery
Packing a bear canister can be a bear. And it got even worse for this hiker in the Emigrant Wilderness. Check out his trip report from earlier this month.... "I was so jazzed to be goin...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear can misery
April 01, 11:32am

Emigrant
You're right about it being open...but some of the trailheads are hard to access. Carson-Iceberg is also an option. Both are off 108. The Crabtree trailhead behind Dodge Ridge opens earli...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Early sierra trip...
March 21, 7:56am

Yosemite
Not sure how much of Hetch-hetchy is open these days...but I think the trail to Rancheria is open. Beehive and beyond I believe is closed....but check with the rangers The other option would be...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Early sierra trip...
March 20, 10:19pm

It doesn't matter
No experience in other years will really tell you exactly what to expect this year. Just remember that you don't have to cross the creek, ever. And more people die in the creeks and rivers...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Rodgers creek safe to cross in early season?
March 20, 11:11am

Sierra Bears
Black bears in the Sierra are aggressive when and where they are in contact with people who allow them to begin to associate people with free high-calorie food. That happens most often in car camp...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
March 19, 11:15am

Not in the Park
Because you may not only have to worry about bears, but also rangers. If the rangers find you in a national park without a bear can, you will sleep well, knowing that you have contributed a hef...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
March 19, 10:35am

Clarence King
Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada: history, geology, and story-telling at the highest level.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Book to read on the sierras
March 18, 9:17am

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