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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Wine Country
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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Ha!
I am still recovering from this line: "Seriously, haven't you seen Caddyshack?" Seriously,....that's a whole new form of lightening things up!

In Philosophy & Technique » Thunderstorms in the wilderness – What to do
February 26, 3:55pm

North?
If you are in the SF Bay Area, you might also look at the Emigrant wilderness. That would allow you to start near Sonora Pass and hike south to the JMT in Tuolumne Meadows. Fewer people, very muc...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Two SE guys + JMT + 70miles = ?
February 07, 10:37am

Biggest coincern?
Weather. If it looks really bad, I won't go. The packing is second nature. The route can be modified to fit the circumstances. The weather can make you miserable.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Pre-trip Planning
February 04, 10:29pm

Leavitt Meadows
You can also self permit for the trailhead at Leavitt Meadows, and anyone going over Sonora Pass is also going right past that trailhead. The hike up and over the Sierra Crest there is quite beaut...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Extended JMT
February 01, 6:13pm

Peru
That's actually a great time of year to do Machu Picchu...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Where to go in April-May?
January 28, 9:47am

Yosemite
There are a ton of great trails to take even if the weather is cold. If there is a lot of snow (and this year, that seems like an insane fantasy right now) you can still hike the Wawona Grove of G...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Yosemite in the first week of April?
January 28, 9:44am

no fun
This is really getting crazy. And no real rain in sight. My friends who are farming are looking at catastrophic losses

In Pre-Trip Planning » CA Drought and 2014 hiking season
January 16, 7:53pm

Miles at altitude
Only you and your condition can answer that question, but I think it's a lot to bite off at these elevations. YOur mileage on the JMT will have a lot more up and down, at 10,000. Can you ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » JMT in Mid-July- Looking for Itinerary Critiques
January 09, 7:05pm

Clark range or Benson Lake loop
There are more choices here that we can possibly cover... 1. Start at Glacier Point or Mono Meadows and hike up over Red Peak pass and down the Merced. You can add miles at the far end by explo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Yosemite in July
January 03, 4:06pm

Fire Away!
This holiday season we visited our daughter, who is going to Law School in New Orleans. And one of the events that we attended was the annual Bonfires on the Levee celebration in Grammercy, LA. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Fire Away!
January 03, 10:55am

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