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Rex Sanders (Rex) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Central California Coast
About Me Started backpacking with the Boy Scouts in the 1960s, which should have cured me, but friends intervened. Failed PCT thru-hikes in 1976, 1980, and other adventures (whitewater rafting 1987-present) put backpacking on hold for a while.

In 1998 I read Jardine's PCT book and saw the light. I'm not super- ultra- anything, my base weight is about 13 pounds. But I'm back on the trails again.
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Eight days backpacking with a DeLorme inReach SE
I was worried about DeLorme inReach SE battery life for an 8-day trip with no resupply. Those worries were justified, but the story was more complicated than that. Short version: I can get ab...

In GEAR » Eight days backpacking with a DeLorme inReach SE
May 11, 11:37pm

Boom boxes and groovers
"an ammo can improvised as a toilet." - The first boom box? Whitewater rafters have used ammo cans as toilets for many decades. Surplus 20 mm ammo cans or "rocket boxes" are ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Irrational Solo Fear
May 09, 10:50pm

Simple paper water filter under development
http://www.wired.com/2014/05/smart-solution-a-book-whose-pages-filter-dirty-water/ Researchers have developed paper filters soaked in silver nano particles that can kill over 99.9% of bacteria i...

In On the Web » Simple paper water filter under development
May 09, 11:18am

Re: Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area: Rainbow Forest unit
Very cool, great photos. Never thought of camping in the Petrified Forest, thought it would be off limits. Thanks. -- Rex

In Post-Trip Reports » Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area: Rainbow Forest unit
May 08, 11:41pm

Aquamira tablets versus drops
All this has probably been hashed out elsewhere, but here's what the maker of Aquamira says: The main difference [between the drops and tabs] is the method of delivery of chlorine dioxide (C...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Aqua Mira tablets v. bleach
May 08, 11:27pm

Correction: dwarf Sargent Cypress forest, not a "juniper forest"
I was surprised to walk a couple of miles through a juniper forest that looked just like many parts of the southwestern USA. Turns out that I was walking through a forest of dwarf Sargent Cypres...

In Post-Trip Reports » Marin County 100 mile loop, April 6-13, 2014
May 08, 11:09pm

Vibram settles lawsuit over FiveFingers health claims
Vibram can no longer claim its goofy FiveFinger shoes offer health benefits: Vibram has settled a class-action lawsuit that accused the company of making false and unsubstantiated claims about t...

In GEAR » Vibram settles lawsuit over FiveFingers health claims
May 08, 10:59pm

Re: Minis
+1 on what Albsthehiker said. -- Rex

In GEAR » msr mini groundhog stakes - durability?
May 08, 10:38pm

Recreation Plan jumped $2.76 to $29.88, mostly Fed USF Cellular
DeLorme inReach monthly Recreation Plan is advertised at $24.95. For many months my bill was $27.12, including seven added fees. You don't get to see all the fees until your first bill. T...

In GEAR » DeLorme inReach SE announced, ships mid to late April
May 07, 11:46pm

Ambronite - healthy alternative to Soylent?
Ambronite is "the world's first Organic Drinkable Supermeal". Currently raising funds through Indiegogo. Early review on ArsTechnica: While Soylent tastes like a vaguely sweet yea...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Ambronite - healthy alternative to Soylent?
May 05, 9:44pm

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