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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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I've got 2 pairs
I've got 2 pairs of full Gore-Tex women's pants in size small -- both almost unworn. I guess now that I've moved to the desert, I should be letting someone else enjoy them. PM me yo...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Womens's Gore-Tex Rain Pants Size S
October 24, 11:47am

Everything but the Kitchen Sink
You probably want several "go to" variations to get through such a large amount... All Thai-ed Up -- TruLime (even better than TruLemon!), cayenne, yellow curry powder, coconut cream p...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Spice up my Chana Masala
October 23, 11:28am

Klymit Motion 60
If you're looking for something with a frame (the Ohm is frameless), the Klymit Motion 60 is what I'm using these days. It's not a "women's pack" per se, but in the S/M s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » good lightweight womens pack
October 22, 12:44pm

80F and 40F?!?
I don't think your original forecast is correct... those were the temperatures we had on the JMT in August at the lower elevations! Even though it's "indian summer", I think th...

In GEAR » Gear for John Muir Trail next week
October 22, 12:36pm

RE: Down Bag rating inflation
Although the short answer IMHO is "yes", obviously it's a complex subject, and one would need to be sure they are comparing "apples" to "apples". Newer bags ten...

In GEAR » Down Bag rating inflation over the years?
October 20, 6:20pm

I agree with Steven -- it depends where you're going... I've only "thru-hiked" a 250 mile section -- which is a "mini" version, by anyone's definition. But it...

In GEAR » Thru-Hike Pant System
October 20, 2:16pm

Since you anticipate rainy conditions, I would propose that you take the convertible pants (mostly wearing them as shorts). If it's windy, I think zipping on the pant legs would provide enough...

In GEAR » Thru-Hike Pant System
October 20, 12:45pm

Staying Warm when Sweaty
Justin, I often use my wind shirt for that purpose. If I'm taking a long lunch and I'm really sweaty, I put on my wind shirt FIRST, then I put on my puffy. The wind shirt prevents the puf...

In GEAR » Webcast presentation from Sierra Designs about layering
October 16, 3:34pm

Western Mountaineering -- Notable Sale @ Prolite Gear
Significant savings on some very high-end gear, including a small selection of WM bags. Have at it: http://www.prolitegear.com/site/clearance.html?m=000743gWr9GesogVvIO1burLHSg

In Gear Deals » Western Mountaineering -- Notable Sale @ Prolite Gear
October 16, 3:28pm

SUL Women's Packs
If the OP thinks that the ULA Ohm is "way too heavy", then I don't think anything from Deuter or Osprey will be in the running... How about going a "custom" route? Zimme...

In GEAR » Women with large breasts: what backpack do you use?
October 15, 10:24am

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