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Tom Kirchner (ouzel) - BPL Lifetime Member

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All Forum Posts by Tom Kirchner

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Re: the basis is my comment
"My own personal anecdote is consistent with my buddy who is a physical therapist. Its his advice to clients that running is destructive and they should stop doing it, that my opinion is based...

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 09, 8:52pm

Re: Re: Re: BPL Reacts to distasteful ad complaints
"If I thought I could get a girl like Maria Sharapova, I'd click on that "Date Russian Women" ad in a second." You'd better be a fast man with the "mouse". ...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » BPL Reacts to distasteful ad complaints
January 09, 8:20pm

Re: Re: Re: BPL Reacts to distasteful ad complaints
"Misery attracts and begets misery, and some folks are only happy when it rains" The PNW attracts them like honey attracts bees. We so happy up here we call it liquid sunshine. C'...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » BPL Reacts to distasteful ad complaints
January 09, 8:17pm

Re: but what about guys who don't wanna go?
"but I prefer a type 2 and type 3-fun type of trip instead. I seem to have a hard time finding guys who want to spend 3 weeks without a shower. What gives??" Sounds like a problem with...

In Philosophy & Technique » Why do male adventurers not take their female partners along?
January 09, 8:06pm

Re: Re: Why do male adventurers not take their female partners along?
"Great if that works out, but my guess is shared values, similar outlooks, "getting each other," and attraction count a heck of a lot more as a basis for a relationship..........Want...

In Philosophy & Technique » Why do male adventurers not take their female partners along?
January 09, 8:02pm

Re: soshr.
Truly outstanding!

In Post-Trip Reports » The Southern Sierra High Route - A Guide (a southern extension of the Sierra High Route to Mt. Whitney and beyond)
January 08, 5:07pm

Re: running is destructive
"Everyone has about 20 years of active running in them, and then they are done running. If you are light in weight, you might get more years of running. If you are heavy, fewer years. At that ...

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 07, 8:23pm

Re: Re: Sheez, it must be winter
"I wish I could be in the desert hiking right now instead of in below zero Montana, but snowshoeing in fresh pow with full-on sun is such an indescribable, ineluctable joy. I also have no comp...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2014 Staff Picks
January 06, 5:08pm

Re: Coyotes
"The chase was on. Vixen chased the coyote all around a two block radius, and you've never seen two dogs run so fast. Vixen caught up to her a few times, but they never fought. Finally I c...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help me find the "flat" spots in the High Sierra ;-)
January 06, 4:59pm

Re: Re: Light down jacket vs vest
"but I've found the best solution to be one down vest plus one down jacket. Depending on the temperature, I can use one, use the other, or use both. That gives me a broader range of temper...

In GEAR » Light down jacket vs vest
January 06, 4:44pm

All Reader Reviews by Tom Kirchner

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Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
Having used both of the above mentioned combinations(only with a Mens' Prolite 3), I heartily concur with their rating(s). It would be hard to find a piece of insulation/protection/padding that g...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
October 27, 5:20pm

ULA Circuit
Pro's: 1) Light; 2) Durable for the weight(like Kevin, I've done some off-trail/bushwhacking(Wanda Lake to Martha Lake via Davis Lakes/N. Goddard Creek) with only minor abrasion on the waist...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 29, 6:16pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
Scott, Check out for the eco-mesh shirt. They have free shipping whereas Railriders charges a pretty hefty fee. I've been using this shirt for years and consider it the best S...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
April 06, 5:27pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro-Lite 4
Hi David, What you are experiencing with your Prolite-4 is a common phenomenon in my experience with the Prolite-3. It is, however, easy to mitigate. Just position the valve next to your shoulder o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 04, 5:17pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
I've used the Prolite-3 almost since it came out with good success. It compresses well, is very light FOR ITS SIZE(what would a TorsoLite weigh if it was 20"x48"??), and insulates just ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 15, 6:02pm

I've been using the Peak UL carbon fiber poles(womens' non antishock 3 section model-11.2 oz/pr) ever since they came on the market and have been ecstatic about their performance. Like some other pos...

In Trekking Poles
November 04, 5:58pm