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Charles G. (Rincon) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Desert Southwest
About Me Mountaineer and backpacker since 1946 mainly in the western US but with excursions to Antarctica, Alaska, western Canada, North Africa and Japan. Hiked the John Muir Trail solo and unsupported in 1954; this was the start of my lightweight endeavors which have proceeded erratically ever since.
StateSE Arizona
My PDF Gear ListThree season gear for western mountains.

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Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer?
Any poly coated nylon or silnylon fabric is going to be both mosquito and water proof. Of course a garment made of either is going to sweat up when a more breathable garment wouldn't.

In GEAR » Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer?
May 16, 7:32am

Pack for JMT
I'm doing the JMT in late August/early September this year. I'll be using an Elemental Horizons Kalais pack. I got the pack about two months ago and have used it for five trips so far, la...

In GEAR » Pack for JMT
May 15, 5:48pm

Bear canister in Golite jam 70L
I have one of the earlier Jam2's, circa 2008; they only came in one size then. I can fit a BV-500 in the bottom of this pack horizontally. Granted, it is a snug fit but it is a fit. Unless t...

In GEAR » Bear canister in Golite jam 70L
May 15, 4:48pm

Winter camping.
"Because some of us have spent years in extremely cold places, and we have no desire to find ourselves once again in snow. It brings no joy" Plus 1 on that. I spent six months as a me...

In GEAR » Sawyer Squeeze Filter Bag Failure
May 12, 12:03pm

FS Garmin Etrex 20 GPS
Nearly new Garmin Etrex 20 GPS with 16 GB micro SD chip installed, new rechargable batteries and USB cable. Currently has Arizona topo map set installed in addition to the USA base map. $150 plus...

In Gear Swap » FS Garmin Etrex 20 GPS
May 12, 7:40am

What's so great about the JMT?
>>You know the ones: What tent should I use on the JMT Which is the best stove for the JMT What sleeping bag do people bring on the JMT What brand of sniffing glue is recommended for the ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's so great about the JMT?
May 10, 12:50pm

What's so great about the JMT?
Jim, your experience in 2008 pretty much parallels mine. The only places I felt the presence of crowds was at Happy Isles, Tuolumne Meadows, Red's Meadow and Whitney Portal. BTW, did you get ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's so great about the JMT?
May 07, 11:58am

What's so great about the JMT?
You forgot to mention the hordes of Mosquitos, many of which carry diseases such as meningitis. Also, the bears along the JMT are smarter, and hungrier, than the average human. Oh, I forgot to m...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's so great about the JMT?
May 05, 4:50pm

"rain kilt = winner!"
I believe that the garbage bag kilt was first mentioned by Colin Fletcher about 1975. He caller it "Colin's kilt" when he described it in one of the editions of his book "The Co...

In GEAR » rain kilt = winner!
May 05, 4:36pm

For what are you considering these packs?

May 05, 12:14pm

All Reader Reviews by Charles G.

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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1
Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars Design: Semi-free-standing Sleeps: 1 Ease of Setup: Moderately easy Weight: 2 lb, 3 oz Price Paid: $240 I bought the Big Agnes Fly Creek to replace a Tarptent Contra...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 12, 7:32pm