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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: why do i need to keep buying stuff????
Pre-trip anxiety. No question. You're making your final plans, looking at your kit, and thinking, "IS this really going to be [enough, too much, too heavy, not comfortable, wrong for my ...

In Chaff » why do i need to keep buying stuff????
May 24, 8:53am

Modify What You Have?
Perhaps you could modify what you have... Straps are very easy to cut off (remember to burn the edges of the webbing so it won't fray), and pockets could also be cut off (maybe a bit of sewing ...

In GEAR » Looking for a pack for the wife.
May 24, 8:43am

RE: Boot help
As I'm sure you've noticed, most people on BPL don't wear "boots" anymore. I'll let them lecture you about lightening up, etc., etc. I'll just try to answer your e...

In GEAR » Boot help
May 23, 6:40pm

Ti Stakes
I need some! Will PM...

In Gear Swap » Spring Cleaning Montbell, titanium and more
May 23, 3:41pm

RE: Re: high cushion shoes
I agree with Greg about the crappy tread on the Altra Olympus (and I'll add that what little tread they DO have wears out pretty damned quickly!). I also use Hokas, but mostly on very groome...

In GEAR » high cushion shoes...trail opinions?
May 23, 1:22pm

Retroactive Overfill from WM
Anna is correct -- WM are happy to overfill your bag at any time (not just when it's made), and my overfill was done several years after the bag was purchased.

In GEAR » Wife needs a new bag. Any ladies out there have suggestions?
May 23, 1:19pm

RE: Re: Bill Rodgers clothing
I'm GLAD I clicked on this thread, because I got a good laugh (Ken & Kat's comments, esp.)! Sigh. Definitely not a viable choice for more modest folks... Reminds me of 1970s clothes...

In GEAR » Bill Rodgers clothing gear review (with pics)
May 22, 10:35am

RE: My first ever MYOG pack
I think you'll be happy you learned to sew -- SO handy for making/modifying gear! A couple of suggestions: - If you're planning to run downhill with the pack, adding some sort of wais...

In Make Your Own Gear » My first ever MYOG pack
May 22, 10:29am

"Affordable" is a Relative Term
I just got a Feathered Friends Egret UL (20F) bag. Gorgeously made, woman-shaped (god knows, I love my WM Megalite, but the wide shoulders can get a little drafty). Affordable? Hmmmmmmmm -- fo...

In GEAR » Best lightweight sleeping bag for minus 10c
May 21, 2:30pm

Nice Work
The pitch looks really good, and the quality of the workmanship looks excellent. I also love the lilac bush in the background, sigh...I miss lilacs... :^) Edited to add: Stephen is right (be...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Pentagon Tarp
May 20, 7:04pm

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