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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: solo hiking
"I do not romanticize dying out in the wilderness. Could be painful or lingering. Could also be quick and painless. I do know that I do not want die robbed of whatever makes me *me*, howev...

In Philosophy & Technique » Backpacking solo
March 25, 5:17pm

Re: Re: Sleeping with food
"Tom - thanks for the input. Upper Funston Meadow is probably the earliest we would consider stopping. if there is a permanent bear box there we would consider using it for sure. but our hope ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
March 23, 5:27pm

Re: Alcohol Stoves for Narrow Pots
"I'm looking for recommendations for an alcohol stove I can make myself (I should have enough skills for this) that will work well for this type of pot. Just boiling water, occasional rame...

In GEAR » Alcohol Stoves for Narrow Pots
March 23, 5:15pm

Re: Re: Sleeping with food
"Not so much in the Sierra." +1

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
March 21, 8:33pm

Re: Solo trips
Maybe try a close in overnighter, just to break the psychological barrier? Then gradually move up in terms of duration and remoteness.

In Philosophy & Technique » Backpacking solo
March 21, 5:45pm

Re: Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
"the bivy is below 10,000 ft so an increased chance of those friendly furry guys. any perceived issues ?" It would help if you could be a little more specific as to where you intend...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
March 21, 5:24pm

Re: Montane Minimus vs Montbell Versalite
"Montane Minimus vs Montbell Versalite Which would you choose and why?" Depends on how you intend to use it. I do most of my backpacking in the Sierra, and I have yet to find anyth...

In GEAR » Montane Minimus vs Montbell Versalite
March 20, 5:43pm

Re: Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
"any perceived issues ?" Always a possibility of a bear sniffing around, but you should be fine if you are careful about handling your food and where you eat it. A very lightweight in...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
March 20, 5:35pm

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>>> Now he is admitting almost exactly what Pappe has written except for the formal existence of Plan Dalit and the number of villages actually attacked, albeit 6 years after Pappe's b...

In Chaff » Meanwhile in Venezuela
March 19, 9:26pm

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>>> Since you've got time on your hands, could you provide a source for this one? "Oh, damn. It was something pretty old... ah, here it is: http://www.webcitation.org/5pvy...

In Chaff » Meanwhile in Venezuela
March 18, 9:37pm

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