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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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And Now, Back to the N. Rim...
Ok, if folks want some details "in public", I have no problem doing so (I just didn't want to bore people). For some reason, we have always done the loop clockwise -- that is Bill ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Advanced-Beginner Trips in the GC?
December 20, 5:27pm

RE: Excellent!
Lydia, If you decide to do the Thunder/Tapeats/Deer loop, PM me, and I'll be happy to give you lots of tips, suggestions, and details. I've done it 7 times (didn't mean to, but we k...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Advanced-Beginner Trips in the GC?
December 20, 1:15pm

Wow -- how lucky that you could call on this man for help! Good tip about the Anbesol -- I often have to remove locust thorns from my bushwhacking husband's legs/hands (and sometimes from his ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My tick experience. No pictures but not for the squeamish.
December 19, 11:20am

RE: Re: Advanced-Beginner Trips in the GC?
You didn't specify whether you wanted South Rim or North Rim... so I'll give you a North Rim option. My first GC backpacking trip was the Thunder River/Tapeats Creek/Deer Creek loop (fro...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Advanced-Beginner Trips in the GC?
December 19, 11:07am

RE: Re: Live dummies at Tarptent
Honestly, although I don't own a Tarptent (yet!), those product videos are absolutely OUTSTANDING! Brief, no boring narration, nice music -- and they show you everything you need to know. Rea...

In GEAR » Live dummies at Tarptent
December 18, 9:31am

LYV Bear Boxes
LYV has one bear box per campsite, and the boxes are quite large (we easily fit out 2 JMT packs inside). I'm sure if you camped there, you could leave your stuff in your designated box, day hi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Yosemite Trip
December 17, 1:29pm

RE: Re: Everclear
+1 on Jack's NON-recommendation of Everclear as a beverage (it's fine for stove fuel). One of my backpacking buddies was looking for the most UL booze solution for a GC North Rim trip we...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Adult beverages for Winter Camping
December 17, 1:02pm

RE: Yosemite Revised
Your first day on trail will be tough (esp. coming off a hellish travel day!). Perhaps shorten that slightly, and add on a bit to the second day? Another question would be why you're going ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Yosemite Trip
December 17, 11:23am

Careful Planning
We did the JMT in August, and I'm mentally reviewing the whole route. I believe, with VERY careful planning (and a willingness to do some bigger mileage at times), you could camp only in places...

In GEAR » Shelter for JMT/Sierras
December 14, 3:14pm

RE: Collect Experiences, Not Things
Great reminder of what I've already found to be true -- thanks! Time to start planning another trip, methinks...

In On the Web » Collect Experiences, Not Things
December 14, 12:18pm

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