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Valerie E (Wildtowner) - BPL Forum 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: day/side hike pack suggestion
That Deuter looks pretty sweet, especially with the modifications. Personally, I think the Flash 18 is way more than you need, and is too heavy, but YMMV. Sea to Summit's Ultra-Sil daypac...

In GEAR » hike to base camp - day/side hike pack suggestion
April 16, 11:40am

Western Mountaineering on Sale
After LOTS of research, I found TravelCountry.com, and checked for Western Mountaineering items. Not only did they have the best prices -- by far -- but I also found a code that will give you an e...

In Gear Deals » Western Mountaineering on Sale
April 15, 1:13pm

RE: parka for my wife
I'm currently drooling over the Feathered Friends Ellia jacket. Warm, light, nearly 4 oz of down -- the only negative would be the price!

In GEAR » parka for my wife
April 15, 1:02pm

Re: Sub 1lb. Sub $100 jacket?
How about a very inexpensive down vest (like Hawke & Co - about $20 on eBay), combined with your other layers? Pretty versatile and cheap!!

In GEAR » Sub 1lb. Sub $100 jacket?
April 15, 12:59pm

RE: WTB GPS
PM'd you with something... :^)

In Gear Swap » WTB GPS
April 14, 5:30pm

Negligence
What a sad story -- this is why SOME people become lawyers... Jen, if the machine was not secured properly, that is NEGLIGENCE on the part of the employer. Negligence is not something the emplo...

In Chaff » ah, pesky government regulations strangling small business!
April 11, 5:24pm

Re: Re: seafood chowder, Gang-nam style!
You might also try making an Thai/Viet version, with coconut cream powder (available in Asian supermarkets -- get the unsweetened type), asian spices like curry, thai basil, etc. Wait -- I need to...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » seafood chowder
April 11, 2:19pm

Re: seafood chowder
The MH one is my husband's favorite! You might try an asian market for dried shrimp/seafood at reasonable prices... And I'd add in some dehydrated veggies (peas, carrots, onion) plus so...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » seafood chowder
April 10, 6:03pm

Another Chair Fan
Sometimes I do take -- gasp -- a chair (my lightest free-standing one, from REI, is just under 2 lbs). Wrestling about whether to add one for the JMT (probably not, because of the *&^#% bear b...

In GEAR » If you had 2 more lbs for free, what gear would you add?
April 10, 5:36pm

Patagonia Sizing
Patagonia sizing is definitely on the "generous" side -- virtually all their clothing allows you to "size down" a whole size as compared to other companies, like Marmot, MH, etc.

In Gear Swap » FS - His & Hers Patagonia Micro-D Fleeces
April 10, 2:43pm

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