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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Cascades in the spring
An unusually warm winter and early spring conditions provided a rare opportunity to do a hike on Granite Mtn without worrying about avalanches. Last Saturday offered bluebird skies and temperature...

In User Test Forum » Cascades in the spring
March 10, 7:48pm

Re: Superior Hiking Trail
Nice. Reminds me of my childhood.

In Post-Trip Reports » Superior Hiking Trail
March 09, 5:16pm

Re: Of the Rock I Asked for the Moon
Climbing at its very best, Craig. A mystic communing with the rock. What a beautiful tale. Thank you.

In Chaff » Of the Rock I Asked for the Moon
March 08, 5:44pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Enchantments
"Maybe you can make a 10 mile loop to Little Annapurna/Dragontail/Shield Lake." Or, if you've got an obsession with the Enchantments, self register at the TH, and do the route as a...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Enchantments Lottery Now Open
March 06, 5:35pm

Re: hmm...
"Dumb ass rednecks that don't have any business at all in the woods." Nah, it's just a question of which woods.

In GEAR » knife vs saw vs hatchet vs axe!
March 05, 5:59pm

Re: Re: Re: conditions around 2nd week of June
"Possibly a loop down to Wright/Wallace lakes and returning up near Lake South America/Lake Reflection or a Sixty Lakes Basin/Gardiner Basin loop, but that puts me pretty close to Rae Lakes.&q...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Onion Valley to Whitney
March 05, 5:27pm

Re: conditions around 2nd week of June
"Anyone know what typical conditions are like this early?" I went in over Taboose Pass last year the first week in June, and it was almost completely bare at ~11,350'. The year be...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Onion Valley to Whitney
March 04, 8:59pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lightest pack with a stay?
"@Tom: that seems like a project Zimmerbuilt or Jep Paks might be able to do. Even ZPacks or Oware might do it if you ask" Thanks for the beta, John. I'll look into that.

In GEAR » Lightest pack with a stay?
March 01, 8:32pm

Re: RE: Re: Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
"JMT permits are increasingly difficult to get, and the logistics (for someone flying in) are very awkward. It's within the realm of possibility, but it would be a PITA. [On a side note, i...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
March 01, 5:37pm

Re: Re: Re: Lightest pack with a stay?
"I wish the Ohm 1.0 was still available. Wasn't that thing 20oz with the hoop stay?" More like 24, but it will carry up in the mid 30's. I've done it on a number of occasi...

In GEAR » Lightest pack with a stay?
February 28, 5:37pm

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 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