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Mina Loomis (elmvine) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Central Texas
About Me I have been backpacking on and off in the western US since college in the early 1970's. Summer 1970 a bunch of us spent a week in the Three Sisters Wilderness in Oregon barefoot with blankets, book bags, and no proper gear at all. Now I coordinate youth backpacking for our Camp Fire council, and enjoy taking the kids to the mountains. I hope to take up more long distance walking after retirement.
CityAustin
StateTexas
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.camp-fire.org
My PDF Gear ListJMT 2011 Gear List

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All Forum Posts by Mina Loomis

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Carsickness
If you are at all prone to become carsick as a passenger on winding mountain roads, beware of Kaiser Pass Road! I would definitely recommend exiting on the east side. West will guarantee you a ver...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Logistical exits at John Muir Ranch - JMT going southbound.
November 10, 5:18pm

sulfur?
When I was a kid in the 1950's and 60's, at camp they used to put powdered sulfur in a sock and dust our ankles (like a powder puff) with it, for ticks and chiggers. I think it worked. I ...

In GEAR » Gear to protect against THE most deadly backcountry beastie...
September 20, 9:38am

Re: Re @mina
>>Whoops, you had the current one year return policy listed and I missed that. No problem. A couple of more comments. As stated in what I copied above, there is not a time limit ...

In GEAR » marmot "lifetime" warranty worthless for me
September 12, 4:19pm

REI current return policy
>>Luckily, this was when REI still had their unlimited customer satisfaction guarantee so it was easy to get a different jacket. Current new REI return policy would still cover your manufa...

In GEAR » marmot "lifetime" warranty worthless for me
September 11, 3:36pm

Maps found!
Thanks to all for your suggestions. I think we have a good trip plan now. And a post to my neighborhood listserv indirectly turned up the maps I need. Headed for the trail... Mina

In Pre-Trip Planning » Taos area backpacking for Camp Fire kids?
June 26, 12:26pm

fires
BJ, Thanks for your concern. The staff member at the Carson NF office in Taos that I spoke to today did not think there was any reason not to go hiking in the Carson except for the far southern po...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Taos area backpacking for Camp Fire kids?
June 24, 7:28pm

Taos area backpacking for Camp Fire kids?
I have a group of 13 Camp Fire teens all getting ready for our summer trip to the mountains *next week* (!). We are coming from Austin, Texas. Our usual destination is Pecos Wilderness. Closed b...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Taos area backpacking for Camp Fire kids?
June 24, 2:37pm

Timely
Your report is especially timely for me this week. I have a group of 13 Camp Fire teens all getting ready for our summer trip to the mountains *next week* (!). We are coming from Austin, Texas. ...

In Photo Gallery » Taos NM area basecamping
June 24, 2:13pm

Even with only a tarp
Learned this at the upper end of Lyell Canyon, summer 2011. 8 x 10 flat tarp. Cold wind from earlier in the evening had died down. Clear, chilly, high elevation, we decided to sleep under the beau...

In GEAR » additional warmth provided by rain fly in double wall tent
May 20, 10:26pm

Garmin tech support
I too am tech challenged. I have a Dakota 20. I call Garmin tech support and they are always very helpful. I've learned a lot from them. I was able to load the halfmile data in 2011 through ...

In GEAR » Need help loading halfmile's waypoints onto gps
April 17, 4:20pm

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