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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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Dinkey Lakes
Drive isn't too bad from LA...and the trails are short, just right for shorter legs. Lots of lakes to choose from, so he can fish, wade, wander and relax.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Suggest a Trip for me in Sierras but Close to LA
June 30, 7:47pm

Good Plan
Thanks for the kind words for our website. Crabtree to Grouse Lake is only about 3.5 miles...but beware---there are few good campsites at Grouse Lake! The best is on the southern granite, and ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » West Sierra Weekend?
June 27, 10:28pm

Noisy neighbors.
I think you have to play it by ear. We were once joined at a campsite by a group of boyscouts who screamed in joy at discovering that the day's hike was over. I immediately told them to pip...

In Philosophy & Technique » Campsite Rage Cure?
June 27, 10:23pm

Great area...and you can always find a place to be alone, even with the numbers of people there. You might also look at a lower loop: Grouse Lake then Resasco Lake, Pingree, Big Lake, Yellowhamme...

In Pre-Trip Planning » West Sierra Weekend?
June 26, 10:37pm

The first known spork
Ok--we're back from our trip to Italy, and we can hardly wait to hit the trails up in the SIerra. Summer is here, and the mountains are calling us. But when we were in Florence, we couldn&#...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The first known spork
June 22, 8:20am

Safety in the backcountry
From Backpacker Magazine: "According to the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, your odds of becoming a victim of violent crime in a national park are one in 708,000. In the Uni...

In Philosophy & Technique » Safety in the backcountry
June 21, 7:34am

Nce Job
We love that area. Thanks for the trip report and update on conditions!

In Post-Trip Reports » Emigrant Wilderness 5/31-6/1
June 13, 12:20am

More encouragement
Same thing happened to me nine miles into a 45 mile through-hike. Not a lot of good options there.... Except that I knew about the problem, and had a series of exercises that I do to relieve th...

In Philosophy & Technique » Encouragement Needed
June 13, 12:16am

treeline means snow
In California, even in this low snow year, mid~ June still means snow above the treeline. Snow level right now is around 9000 feet, which is lower than Clouds Rest in Yosemite. Unless you are ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Good early June backpacking areas
June 09, 11:19pm

Resasco Lake
For those of you keeping score at home...and getting lost. Some maps also spell it Roscasco... This is great country--and those slabs of granite around Big Lake are among my favorite places...

In Post-Trip Reports » 4 days in the emigrant wilderness
May 28, 4:22pm

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