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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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Re: Re: Tough, but light clothes for desert hiking
Most folks in S. AZ have designated one of their shirt as a "bushwhacking" shirt. It'll look like hell (with small tears and fabric pulls) after one or two outings, but hey, you'r...

In GEAR » Tough, but light clothes for desert hiking
November 26, 5:43pm

Gels 'n Stuff
OK, Mr. Type A (hehehehe)... If you like the taste of sports gels (remember to drink lots with them), that would probably work. You might even try something as simple as gummy candies (if you l...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Nausea & Throwing Up
November 25, 4:36pm

Pushing Too Hard
I'm with Doug on this one. Your symptoms are very common for folks who push themselves way too hard/long/fast -- your body is telling you clearly to slow down, and you're telling it to g...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Nausea & Throwing Up
November 25, 4:02pm

That Infamous Red Dust/Dirt
Try the manufacturer's (Henry's) suggestions, but realize that you may never get 100% of it out -- that red dust is infamous! I have at least two pairs of socks that will NEVER look right ...

In GEAR » Cleaning silnylon tent (TarpTent Notch)
November 25, 3:38pm

Feathered Friends Ellia Women's Jacket
I love, love, love my hooded FF Ellia jacket -- total weight 12oz, with 4.9oz of comfy, good quality down. Squeaks in just under your price limit at $289. Considering how puffy it is, it's ...

In GEAR » Down Parka for the wife
November 25, 3:30pm

RE: Re: JMT 2015: Preparing Way Too Early
We did the JMT last August, at about 15 miles/day pace (with days off in Mammoth and Independence), so I have a few suggestions based on our experience. (a) 10 miles/day is a very slow pace, so ...

In Gear Lists » JMT 2015: Preparing Way Too Early
November 24, 5:57pm

RE: Re: Hmm...
I must be very unlucky: on my JMT hike this summer, I used products from Icebreaker (tee shirt), Smartwool (undies), and Ibex (socks). I had problems with two out of three, and sent them back un...

In GEAR » Ibex Aire/wool insulation
November 24, 1:25pm

Scary!
Very scary, Ken -- glad you're ok; it could easily have gone the other way.

In GEAR » Don't forget gear for the house.
November 24, 1:11pm

Re: Re: A Couple of Thoughts
I must caveat that adventure racing is a sport where the race continues 24hrs/day, and part of the strategy for racers is *when* and *if* they will rest. So what is expedient for that sport is pro...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Electrolyte needs and real food
November 19, 4:58pm

RE: Weather for southern AZT and western Grand Enchantment Trail (AZ and NM) in Mid-March to Mid-April
Southern AZ weather is such a crap shoot during March: it could be freezing; it could equally be sweltering. The sun will already be getting hot by then. And temperatures can change drastically w...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Weather for southern AZT and western Grand Enchantment Trail (AZ and NM) in Mid-March to Mid-April
November 19, 4:37pm

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