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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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No Fabrication Needed
Make it, no fabrication, almost free: Get a dollar-store auto sunshade (similar to reflectix), cut it to fit around the Ziplock container (1 circle + 1 long rectangle + 1 small strip for the han...

In GEAR » Cant find a Mugbowl
October 31, 5:52pm

Necessity is the Mother of Invention
Well, how about using a Ziplock screw-top plastic container, and sewing a neoprene cozy with a handle to fit it (like the GSI mug)? Cheap, easy, not Ti, and would clip to the outside of your pack.

In GEAR » Cant find a Mugbowl
October 31, 3:59pm

Lunch Hour
When my mom was sick, I did most of my exercising on my lunch hour, because I was at the hospital with her mornings and evenings. Let me tell you -- that quick 45 minute run each day was a real sa...

In Philosophy & Technique » Winter's coming...or, I can't get out as much as I'd like
October 31, 3:56pm

Re: How many actually use their down hood?
Like some others, I have a light down jacket without a hood, and a beefier down jacket with a hood. While I wouldn't want to hike in it, I use the hood mostly around camp (even though I'...

In GEAR » How many actually use their down hood?
October 30, 2:46pm

Podiatrist
I think it would be very beneficial to see a good podiatrist -- I had foot pain on the JMT, and found out that I needed more arch support. BTW, a GOOD podiatrist will not try to sell everyone expe...

In GEAR » Foot pain after a trip: How to prevent in the future?
October 30, 11:16am

Versalite
I love, love, love my 5'6" overstuffed Versalite -- BUT -- I'm a very cold sleeper, and at 30F I will be cold if I don't use my down jacket as an improptu "draft collar"....

In Gear Lists » UL Gear List observations and conclusions after three years of JMT experience
October 29, 6:33pm

Cookies for Breakfast?
Cookies for Breakfast? Aw YEAH -- now isn't that why we hike?! Wish I could do that every morning... ;^)

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cant stand oatmet for breakfast anymore...ideas?
October 28, 6:31pm

RE: Cant stand oatmet for breakfast anymore...ideas?
Some of the "thru-hiker" breakfasts I've seen (warning -- most of these aren't very healthy): Honeybuns (or other similar danish-pastry-type things) Muffins (you'd need th...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cant stand oatmet for breakfast anymore...ideas?
October 27, 11:27am

Why?
Why is it, in our current culture, that so many folks feel the need to make personal attacks on someone who disagrees with them (even on some trivial discussion point)?? SO sick of it...sigh. A...

In Philosophy & Technique » LEAVE NO TRACE
October 27, 11:07am

Microfleece Pants
You might try some microfleece pajama-bottoms or athletic pants -- they're loose-fitting, lightweight, and won't restrict your bloodflow. Waaaaaaaaaaay cheaper than down stuff, too, BTW.

In GEAR » Down Sleves / Leggings?
October 26, 5:36pm

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