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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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If you have some experience, head for the cross country trailheads. You can almost always get a permit for them, and have to hike the first day to a destination that has a limited use trail at bes...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 3 day trips in Tetons, Yellowstone, Sawtooth and Yosemite
January 29, 10:54pm

Re: Doug & beer
Yikes! Do not freeze Champagne or other sparling wine! It releases most of the carbonation and will usually explode the bottle. If that happens in your freezer (I have experience with this!) i...

In Philosophy & Technique » UL Refrigerator
January 19, 8:58pm

It's true. There are two kinds of redwoods. The coastal redwoods have a few trails that would work for an overnight or so, but no long itineraries that I know of. And if you're going in th...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best redwoods trip? Taking my 13 year old on a father daughter jaunt
January 17, 9:26pm

I posted some comments in another forum about your trip, but here are some more: You may have a hard time finding a good spot for a hammock around Vogelsang HSC...there are not as many large tr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Yosemite Trip Plan Feedback?
January 16, 7:05pm

My wife is easily my favorite hiking partner
So two things here; 1. We go backpacking to have fun and see stunning places. We don't really look for risky activities or life-challenging adventures. And I will bet we are not alone in...

In Philosophy & Technique » Why do male adventurers not take their female partners along?
January 11, 10:06pm

Lost of hopes and plans
Death Valley this spring. Maybe an excursion into Utah as well. And then later in the spring Peru in the Cordillera Blanca. Also want to do some shorter hikes from the East Side of the Sier...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where are you excited to go in 2015?
January 11, 9:53pm

From the beginning
My dad was a California State Park ranger in the summers when I was a kid, so I grew up spending months in the mountains. (In fact, my first hike was in-utero!) And it's been a part of my l...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How much did childhood experiences influence your interest in backpacking.
January 11, 9:51pm

Yep--I was more impressed with the dispatcher than the hikers! Smart cookie!

In Pre-Trip Planning » Post your plans on Facebook, get rescued.
January 08, 9:50am

Post your plans on Facebook, get rescued.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A badly injured California hiker stranded on a remote trail was located by a quick-thinking dispatch trainee using Facebook after a 911 distress call got cut off, authoritie...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Post your plans on Facebook, get rescued.
January 07, 3:09pm

Not too far from the US
INcludes Southern Chile? Okey doke... What about Peru? CHile will be cold in early summer here (it will be early WINTER in Chile!) but Peru is much closer to the equator, so doesn't get th...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Where to go this early Summer?
January 04, 10:37pm

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