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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me Decades of hiking and backpacking in the Sierra...and beyond. Check out our website for fun, stories, trip reports, photos and philosophy!
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Yosemite from UA
I've spent much of the last three weeks on the road, or rather in the air, traveling across the US. And while I normally ask for (and get) an aisle seat, there were a couple of times when I sa...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yosemite from UA
November 12, 9:48am

religious graffitti
When you consider that Christians (and many others) believe that God created all wilderness, you have to wonder what they're thinking when they spray paint it. Do they also spray their pews...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Psalms 40:13
November 04, 6:43pm

Iceland lake
Yep--we did that trip this summer, past Relief Reservoir, then up Summit Creek and up the slabs from there. Pretty straightforward navigating, all in all. WE have photos and a trip report on o...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Iceland Lake Route/Emigrant Wilderness
October 23, 7:25pm

help?
"Can you tell me where the trail to Virginia Pass is?" he asked, a little desperately." Hard to mind your own business when a man with small kids asks this question...

In Philosophy & Technique » What would you have done?
October 16, 9:39am

St. Mary's Pass
We haven't hiked St. Mary's Pass for about ten years, but I don't remember there being much of a trail once you get to the pass itself---we climbed SOnora Peak from there... and we&#...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Carson-Iceberg Wilderness- East Fork Carson River to Clark Fork Drainage
October 15, 11:06pm

Re: Re: What would you have done?
"I would have minded my own business. If someone asks for help, then I would help." Uh...he did ask for help.

In Philosophy & Technique » What would you have done?
October 15, 11:00pm

Re: Re: Visibility to helicopters if lost, stranded or injured
"The best colour marker is fluorescent orange. This is such an unnatural colour that a pilot's eye is attracted to it immediately. Lay out a 1sqm of material in an open space, and leave it...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Visibility to helicopters if lost, stranded or injured
October 15, 10:57pm

Emigrant
We have not been there during the shutdown, but we have a cabin nearby. There are certainly trailheads that you can access without much trouble: The ones on Clark Fork Road, for example, or Sonora...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Emigrant Wilderness THs during The Shutdown?
October 14, 7:24pm

Emigrant Wilderness
It's just north of Yosemite, and much of the terrain has some of that same wonderful granite. you can easily find a five day trip there--we've got a few of them on our website under the de...

In Pre-Trip Planning » YOSEMITE ALTERNATIVE NEEDED
October 09, 9:23am

talk
I don't think we can solve this with ideas on how she can reduce the weight of her pack. That's something she needs to do. And the way to encourage her to do it is to listen to her and un...

In Philosophy & Technique » helping girlfriend reduce weight - personal fears
October 08, 12:49pm

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