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Mary D (hikinggranny) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
About Me 60-odd years of hiking and backpacking experience, mostly in Rockies and in Pacific Northwest. Relatively recent convert (started 6 years ago) to lightweight backpacking. Continue to do a lot of gear research to lighten load further.

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Sleeping pad for dogs
Nothing will keep a dog off a 900 fill down sleeping bag; dogs know what's comfortable! Just keep his claws trimmed short and don't leave him alone in the tent. Assuming the dog, like ...

In GEAR » Sleeping pad for dogs
March 29, 9:45pm

oops... made my tarp to short. suggestions?
This reminds me of an ancient "Blondie" cartoon. Blondie asks Dagwood to set up a clothesline for her (I told you, it was ancient!). She comes back and says, "You cut the rope too ...

In Make Your Own Gear » oops... made my tarp to short. suggestions?
March 29, 9:32pm

Looking for 50~100mile backpacking route in PNW (WA, CA) for the 2nd week of March."
As a resident of NW Oregon who has hiking family in both WA and northern CA, I think Jerry (also a NW OR resident) has pretty much nailed it for anything available in March, which is definitely sti...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Looking for 50~100mile backpacking route in PNW (WA, CA) for the 2nd week of March.
February 20, 9:08am

Packing with Dogs
Beagles! Once had two of them. I well remember their going off on scents for what seemed like forever! On hiking/backpacking trips, they had to be leashed all the time. I well remember one time...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Packing with Dogs
February 08, 4:23pm

Alright LADIES...let's talk panties
Ex-Officio fan here. I bought some for a trip in 2009 and liked them so much I ditched the cotton I used to wear at home. In fact, the original three I bought in 2009 are still in good shape! C...

In GEAR » Alright LADIES...let's talk panties...
February 01, 12:29am

helping girlfriend reduce weight - personal fears
Just found this thread--lots of good thoughts here. However, it appears that the OP has left the building and possibly ditched the GF, who in that case should count her blessings! "My way ...

In Philosophy & Technique » helping girlfriend reduce weight - personal fears
January 15, 8:37pm

BPL course gear lists
Here is one I bookmarked a couple of years ago, while Mike C! was still around at BPL: It has links to .pdf and .xls versions. Both links still work. http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/...

In Gear Lists » BPL course gear lists???
December 27, 7:21pm

2013 Staff Picks
If mountain biking and packrafting are the new direction of BPL, that's fine, but that means I'll be here less and less! Actually, that's already true--even in the forum, I now skip t...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2013 Staff Picks
December 26, 7:30pm

2013 Staff Picks
I'm not looking for new gear at this point so have only a theoretical interest here. However, i agree that very few of these items are backpacking-related. As for shoes, since shoe fit is so...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2013 Staff Picks
December 26, 3:28pm

REI Flash 45 and a Bear Can
Take the pack into REI and try it out with the bear cans there. Or make a cardboard mockup of your desired bear can (hopefully you haven't yet recycled all your Christmas cardboard), using t...

In GEAR » REI Flash 45 and a Bear Can
December 26, 3:17pm

All Reader Reviews by Mary D

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Thermarest Neo-Air
I purchased a short NeoAir in late May of 2009 from REI (using the 20% off coupon, which made it a less exorbitant purchase). The prospect of an air mat that was considerably lighter than my POE Insu...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
June 10, 3:22pm

Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
So far I have found several uses for the 1/8" GG Thinlight pad: (1) Dog sleeping pad (cut to 36" long). It's just right for my 80-lb. dog who sleeps curled up in a ball. He's ...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
April 18, 6:49pm

Potable Aqua Iodine Drinking Water Germicidal Tablets
I used these back in the mid-1980's to disinfect drinking water (that's about all that was available then other than filters or boiling). After one month, using them only on weekends, I broke...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
April 07, 6:44pm

Big Agnes Pumphouse Multi-Use Dry Sack and Pad Pump
I purchased a Big Agnes Pumphouse soon after they came on the market in the summer of 2007. It is advertised on the BA web site as a "...pad pump, dry sack, stuff sack, pillow, water carrier, ba...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 18, 2:54pm

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack
In the past, I've read in a number of places (including Jim Wood's excellent article on "Keeping Your Critical Gear Dry") that these sacks have failed the submersion test. This prob...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 18, 2:07pm

Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
My POE Insulmat Max Thermo (now the Ether Thermo, but I got the old model on closeout) just finished its second backpacking season. I'm in my early 70's so these old bones and joints ain...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 17, 5:34pm

Big Agnes Clearview
I know that this pad is supposedly the same thickness as my POE InsulMat Max Thermo (now the Ether Thermo). However, it has more tubes, which seem to make it effectively thinner. The Clearview has t...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 17, 5:01pm

SteriPen Adventurer
My big complaint with the Steripen Adventurer is that I could not work the switch! It's fine for those with big strong hands (the kind who regularly open jars for their SO), but not for me (I can...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
October 17, 1:52pm

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo
I bought a Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo (e) in June of 2007 and used it through two backpacking seasons. First of all, I need to point out that my Labrador retriever backpacks with me (he's part...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
October 17, 1:28pm

I am a relatively recent convert to lightweight backpacking (I didn't know all this wonderful stuff existed--you'd never know it from a trip through REI or by reading Backpacker) and this is m...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 17, 12:38pm