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Valerie E (Wildtowner) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Grand Canyon State
About Me More "light" than ultralight, but I keep trying to balance my luxury at camp with the luxury of a lighter trail experience. Kind of a "good vs. evil" struggle, and I'm still not sure who's winning!

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Backpack for Bearikade Weekender
The Weekender is quite small (aot the Expedition), and I would imagine it would fit in any of your pack choices. You might try going to your local outfitter store, and trying to put one of their...

In GEAR » Backpack for Bearikade Weekender
March 31, 3:53pm

Women's Bags
+1 for eric's observation: get the warmest bag! And I'll add, "at the lightest possible weight". Someone mentioned the REI Joule -- I think that would be a good choice, and it...

In GEAR » REI div, and female sleeping bags....
March 30, 3:20pm

RE: TarpTent
I'll tell you one advantage of TarpTent -- you can set it up in the rain without getting the inside wet. (And it's an overall quicker/easier set-up, with fewer stakes.) I'm not an e...

In GEAR » 1+ man tent sold at backcountry or REI?
March 27, 3:02pm

Another Factor to Consider re: GC
I'm remembering a really bad sandstorm in Jumpup Canyon one night...and a lesser one at Lower Tapeats Creek on another trip... An open shelter might not always be so suitable in the desert. ...

In GEAR » Lightweight shelter for two in desert
March 27, 2:48pm

RE: Re: The Wave
A friend was kind enough to invite us on his permit about 9 years ago (he'd been applying for years!). I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't bring a camera with me! Fortunately, our ...

In Post-Trip Reports » The Wave
March 27, 12:59pm

RE: fabric
As George mentioned, I DID mean to reinforce on the inside. I would use some type of nylon ripstop or cordura. You'll be using only tiny pieces, so the fabric weight won't be very important!

In Make Your Own Gear » Pack Add-On Help
March 26, 11:41am

Ariel & Osprey
Yes, I am sure it's a women's pack because all "Ariel" packs by Osprey are women-specific; the equivalent men's packs are called "Atmos".

In Gear Swap » WTB: 70-80 L Backpack, Sleeping Bag, MSR Whisperlite
March 25, 3:30pm

RE: Pack Add-On Help
It would definitely be better all around to open the seams (as you acknowledged) -- but if you don't want to do that, I would give you two pieces of advice: 1. Make sure you burn off ALL sh...

In Make Your Own Gear » Pack Add-On Help
March 25, 3:24pm

The backpack you showed in your link would probably fit you just fine -- It's a WOMEN'S large, which would be equivalent to a men's medium.

In Gear Swap » WTB: 70-80 L Backpack, Sleeping Bag, MSR Whisperlite
March 25, 3:20pm

RE: ZPacks Hexamid Solo
If the other buyer falls through, I'll take it!

In Gear Swap » FS: BPL Cocoon pants, Zpacks Hexamid Solo
March 24, 7:04pm

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