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Rex Sanders (Rex) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Central California Coast
About Me Started backpacking with the Boy Scouts in the 1960s, which should have cured me, but friends intervened. Failed PCT thru-hikes in 1976, 1980, and other adventures (whitewater rafting 1987-present) put backpacking on hold for a while.

In 1998 I read Jardine's PCT book and saw the light. I'm not super- ultra- anything, my base weight is about 14 pounds. But I'm back on the trails again.
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Lots of charging options
You might find this thread entertaining, and maybe useful (scroll down): http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=78783 iPad mini ~1...

In GEAR » Battery Recharging Solutions
January 03, 9:16pm

TD Sidewinder Ti-Tri, DeLorme inReach SE, HMG Windrider, Writing for BPL
Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri This stove makes cooking with Esbit far easier and more reliable. It Just Works, even when the wind is pushing flames several inches through the vents. Amazing. ...

In GEAR » 2013 Reader Picks
January 01, 12:07pm

Catalina Island?
Catalina climate is above 40 F in February, and I've read reports of good weekend backpacking trips there. http://weatherspark.com/averages/29690/Avalon-Santa-Catalina-Island-California-Unit...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Hiking in Southern California in February... difficulty: must be warm
December 29, 8:30am

Re: Sleeping with mice
One night I was sleeping under a tarp in a well-abused camp site in Idaho. Mice running over my face looking for scraps of food woke me up several times before I figured out what was going on. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Safety of sleeping on the ground with no critter protection
December 29, 8:24am

Ticks bad, protection good
Tick got into my tarp shelter one night and bit me in the chest as I slept. Woke up and scratched it off before I was awake enough to think it through. About 30 hours later I had to cut the trip s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Safety of sleeping on the ground with no critter protection
December 27, 10:36pm

Brief review of inReach SE on backpacker.com
http://www.backpacker.com/fall-gear-guide-2013-gear-review-delorme-inreach-se-two-way-messenger/gear/17966 Nothing new except: We also posted dozens of social media messages; Facebook and Twi...

In GEAR » DeLorme inReach SE announced, ships mid to late April
December 23, 9:39am

Hydroskins too thin
Don't condemn all neoprene socks because Hydroskins aren't warm enough. Did you really expect a miracle from 0.5 mm of insulation? I routinely wear 3 mm NRS neoprene socks without liners...

In GEAR » Trail Runners and Snow
December 23, 12:37am

PF: don't worry
I've had plantar fasciitis for about 25 years, and I wear orthotics routinely. If your shoes work with your orthotics, and you aren't having trouble with your shorter activities, you sho...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bataan March New Mexico advice
December 17, 10:05am

Trim a standard flare?
Why not cut off part of a standard flare? $7 for a three-pack at Walmart, and you could customize weight versus burn time. -- Rex

In GEAR » A 3.4oz fire starting insurance policy
December 17, 9:45am

Might not make that third beer ...
http://www.youtube.com/embed/-lFy7SOW6cE Looking at all the steps involved, including precise timing, I don't think I'd be able to make that third beer correctly! -- Rex

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Beer concentrate lets you take brews on an outdoor adventure
December 15, 1:07pm

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