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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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Montbell has their own website
You might try Montbell's own website (montbell.com), and then see whether it would be better to purchase from the US website or the Japanese website. Because you're in Oz, it might be rela...

In GEAR » UL Down Jacket
September 30, 9:17am

Nylon/Cotton blend used by Kuhl
The CO outdoor clothing company Kuhl used a Nylon/Cotton blend (they used to call it "KuhlDry") for several styles of outdoor pants. I found that fabric to be very comfortable and quick ...

In GEAR » poly/cotton blend fabric: OK performance after getting wet?
September 23, 4:00pm

Per Shoe, I think
From the weight listed on the REI site, I think the Rovers are about 9 oz per SHOE, so about average for trail runner-type footwear.

In GEAR » Patagonia Rover Approach - 9 oz per pair?
September 22, 3:50pm

RE: When puppies fly
I like the way you could hear the guy exhale a few times before stepping off the cliff... I've always wondered if they have a moment of fear right before they get airborne...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » When puppies fly
September 21, 12:02pm

Item Received, Great Seller
Richard is a great seller, with excellent communication, lightening-fast shipping, and everything arrived perfectly. Thank you, Richard!

In Gear Swap » FS: Sierra Designs Tents and EE Revelation Quilt-Retiring from Backpacking Sale
September 21, 11:55am

RE: Cuben Ground = Sieve
Wow, that must be a very high price-per-night! Do you think a thicker cuben would've been more durable, or do you think that cuben is just not the right choice for a groundsheet that will last?

In GEAR » Cuben Ground = Sieve
September 19, 4:13pm

Re: Exped UL7 Failure
I hope I'm not tempting fate here, but... I took my Exped Synmat UL7 MW on the JMT + sidetrips (a total of 20 nights), AND I used it as part of my pack frame during that time (which put lots...

In GEAR » Exped UL7 Failure and the REI Warranty - Kudos
September 18, 6:31pm

If No one Steps Up, maybe "Plan B"?
If you can't find a lift inside the park, consider accessing the trail via Buffalo Ranch Road (off of Rte 89A) -- that's why I was suggesting you contact the hotels on the AZ Strip. It'...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Grand Canyon: North Rim to Point Imperial Ride ?
September 17, 2:36pm

RE: Trip suggestions needed for Quebec near St Laurent
Unless you mean Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, "St. Laurent" is a suburb in the NW area of the city of Montreal. The areas surrounding Montreal are really quite developed ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trip suggestions needed for Quebec near St Laurent
September 17, 11:39am

Re: Grand Canyon: North Rim to Point Imperial Ride ?
Nankoweap is great fun! I've enjoyed two trips there, and boy, the trail is a lot easier now than it used to be. Here's a suggestion that might be worth a shot for your ride: Call up on...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Grand Canyon: North Rim to Point Imperial Ride ?
September 17, 11:10am

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