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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Pacific Northwest/Sierra
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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: bold mountaineers
" There is considerable basis to that myth." It is worth noting in this regard that old, formerly bold, climbers, have gotten old by becoming less bold as their abilities diminish. Th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Valley Uprising
May 01, 5:40pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Big SEKI Loop (as an alternative to the JMT)
" I was thinking of camping at guitar lake, summitting mount Whitney and heading back to guitar lake. Is this possible with a permit from road's end?" If I were you, I'd call t...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Big SEKI Loop (as an alternative to the JMT)
April 30, 6:15pm

Re: Petraeus Sentence.
"In light of the years (if not decades) in prison that most of those who leak classified information will typically face," If you want to see real justice, wait until they get their mi...

In Chaff » Petraeus Sentence.
April 29, 8:25pm

Re: Re: Hot Weather Pants
"I find that Montane's Terra pants are great for shoulder season hiking in the Rockies, but are too warm for summer." Interesting. I use them on East Side Sierra approaches in the...

In GEAR » Hot Weather Pants
April 28, 5:57pm

Re: Hot Weather Pants
"Any suggestions on hot weather pants that have good ventilation such as the Eco Mesh?" Check out Montane Terra's. They have side zip vents, breathe and dry exceptionally well, an...

In GEAR » Hot Weather Pants
April 28, 5:21pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nepal
"Tom those Nepal photos are beautiful, . . and I love to camp in the snow!" You'd have loved it up there, Andy. Right in your element. It's an eerie feeling thinking about it...

In Photo Gallery » Favorite Campsite Photos
April 27, 8:45pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: In heavy brush?
"Or... perhaps great minds think alike?" ;0))

In GEAR » Locus Gear Trekking Poles
April 25, 5:16pm

Re: Huge earthquake in Nepal
"And all those teams on Everest again......" They'll get the most press coverage, but my heart goes out even more to the countless remote, unnamed villages which have probably been...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Huge earthquake in Nepal
April 25, 5:01pm

Re: Re: In heavy brush?
"Duct Tape !" Oops, I missed your post.

In GEAR » Locus Gear Trekking Poles
April 25, 4:55pm

Re: In heavy brush?
"How much friction is there on the CP3 pole flicklocks, and has anyone had them open when going through insane vegetation?" The amount of friction depends on how much you have tightene...

In GEAR » Locus Gear Trekking Poles
April 25, 4:54pm

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