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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: Major John Muir Trail changes
Well, I wanted to do the "textbook" JMT (now crossed off my list) which "forced" me onto those overused trails. If I go back to the area, I would do the Sierra High Route and...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Major John Muir Trail changes
January 30, 3:44pm

Is it April 1st ALREADY, LOL?
OMG Franco: 1970s European toilet paper; I remember it well! And South American napkins -- why, exactly, am I wiping my face with wax paper? Might as well have been cuben...at least that doesn&#...

In GEAR » BEST Cuben Fiber Toilet paper...????
January 30, 3:37pm

More Than 10% Discount
The eBay ones INCLUDE a Klymit XLite pad (MSRP $85), which ULA doesn't include, so the discount is fairly significant. But ULA's website lists all AirXs as being "Out of Stock", ...

In Gear Deals » ULA AirX on ebay
January 30, 3:32pm

RE: What do you use to keep track of distance travelled/steps taken/calories burned on a thru hike?
I did the JMT last summer, and the way I measured my daily distances was with maps (Tom Harrison's). This was remarkably precise because I always knew exactly where I was on the trail by looki...

In GEAR » What do you use to keep track of distance travelled/steps taken/calories burned on a thru hike?
January 30, 3:26pm

RE: Major John Muir Trail changes
I'm glad I did it last year -- it looks like these changes will make permits much more difficult to get, especially considering the enormous volume of people trying for them! Honestly, last ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Major John Muir Trail changes
January 30, 2:03pm

Kodiak
I loooooove my Kodiak. Just sayin'...

In GEAR » EE 0F degree quilt vs WM or FF 0F degree bag
January 30, 10:41am

RE: Fear of sleeping outside?
I'm intuiting that her parents may have (unwittingly, I'm sure) instilled this fear in her (you state that they didn't "do" nature). They may have said things about scary ani...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Fear of sleeping outside?
January 29, 5:03pm

"Game Changer" -- Really??!?
From the stats available, I just don't see these as all that innovative. Maybe I'm missing something? My Synmat UL MW is 19oz, 3" thick, 25" wide, with decent warmth. I used ...

In GEAR » Any word on the new Sea to Summit pads?
January 28, 12:33pm

RE: How will hernia repair affect backpacking ??? Anyone Know?
Had my inguinal hernia repair in 2012. My experience was similar to Tom's (only I chose the laparoscopic method). I ended up with some small complications during surgery because of scar tissu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How will hernia repair affect backpacking ??? Anyone Know?
January 27, 6:02pm

Water Quality on the JMT
JMT water quality is OUTSTANDING in terms of clarity, so there should be no problems with the Sawyers' from sediment, that's for sure. With all the inexperienced folks out there (we saw po...

In GEAR » 2014 JMT thru-hiker survey - results on gear failures
January 26, 5:04pm

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