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Ginger Allman (gindavall) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Ozarks
About Me When my husband moved here from the UK in 2008, I all of a sudden had someone to do things with. And he had a new country to explore. So we started hiking and camping and that led to kayaking and backpacking. We get out every single chance we get. This has become quite an obsession.

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bug country
I assume that Virginia is similar in bug-ness to the Ozarks. And there is no way I would go out in a floorless shelter. The flying bugs are really only an issue in the summer (and they're treme...

In GEAR » Floorless Tarptent in bug country
November 21, 11:46pm

Re: Re: Two Safety Pins
Sometimes the obvious can so stunningly escape me. I can't believe I never thought of this. Safety pins. Wow. And they could be used to hang my undies from the loop inside my tent, too. Duh.

In GEAR » Post something SMALL that works for you. Mine: a pen
November 19, 9:11pm

Exped
The Exped pillow is nice but not anywhere near high enough for me. So I gave it to my husband and bought the large. It's just bigger but not much thicker. If I have spare clothes I'll put i...

In GEAR » My never ending search for the right pillow
November 18, 7:50pm

Berryman
We just did the Berryman trail in March 2011. It's a well graded trail and an easy circuit (24mi) without any difficult terrain. I didn't find it to be poorly maintained, but then I hike in...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking in Eastern MO
November 18, 7:23pm

Different strokes
So many different needs. I have a freestanding tent with footprint so that I can pitch it and take it down in the rain without everything getting soaked. Because it always seems to rain when it'...

In GEAR » 10 things not to buy for backpacking
November 18, 6:52pm

it's pure myth
IMHO, it's pure myth. Layer me up! I'm a darned cold sleeper. I've got an insulated pad and a 0 degree Montbell SS. I'm okay below freezing if I'm wearing a base layer and socks...

In Philosophy & Technique » debunking the no-layers myth
November 12, 8:53pm

Re: Hiking Pants: What do you Wear and why?
I've seen no mention of Bass Pro's brands of fishing clothing. XPS and Worldwide Sportsman. You don't need to fish to wear them! My husband wears the shorts for hiking and everyday in s...

In GEAR » Hiking Pants: What do you Wear and why?
August 01, 11:19pm

I'm a sweaty girl.
I agree with Art. I don't doubt that you sweat a lot. I also don't doubt that you get cold from it. I think you'll find that this is true for many of us. I also sweat profusely during m...

In GEAR » Neoprene Hoody
June 13, 5:27pm

Re: How to dry out wet socks in the backcountry?
If it's not going to rain over night, put them on a branch. Not over a branch...slide them down along a branch so the wind won't take them away. Or try hanging them inside your tent some...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How to dry out wet socks in the backcountry?
June 11, 7:46am

trail glove
I've got a pair here I've been evaluating. The fit is great, and I agree with Piper about how your foot and gait will adapt to a new style when backpacking in a minimal shoe. My big problem...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Merrel Barefoot?
June 09, 10:40am

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