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Sheila Baynes (sheilabaynes) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Alaska
About Me I work as a teacher for most of the year and as a NOLS instructor in the summer. The hematoma that stuck two inches out of my hipbone last summer convinced me to drop lots 'o weight from my huge pack, but as an instructor on month-long trips with up to 10-day ration periods, it has its limitations.

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All Forum Posts by Sheila Baynes

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Olympic Nat'l Park
I did a 45-mile loop starting and ending at Hurricane Ridge (a drive up from Port Angeles) about 5 years ago and still remember how amazing it was. There were quite a few passes to go up and over, ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Olympic Nat. Park Suggestions
May 29, 10:42am

The Chafe Question
I am with Ben on the wonders of water (I like to call it the BCB - BackCountry Bidet), but also appreciate the moist wipe every three days or so. I also can't recommend Gold Bond enough. That s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » A delicate issue ...
May 27, 12:17pm

High Calories for Alaska race
Steve Reifenshuhl (Rocky's brother) lives here in Sitka and has set records in running division of the Iditarod Invitational. For calories, he drinks melted ice cream from an insulated CamelBak...

In GEAR » Mini bivy for Alaska
May 27, 12:02pm

Patagonia UPF claim: Runshade shirts
Patagonia just started offering a line of shirts called "Runshade" that have UPF fabric across the shoulders. It comes in short sleeve (t-shirt and zip-neck) and long sleeve. I have the s...

In GEAR » Merino wool baselayer - which one?
May 27, 11:44am

BD Apollo
Thanks everyone. Let me know how those work out for you. Sounds like it might be a great tool for our program. The weight actually sounds great compared to the propane lanterns (no, that was not a ...

In GEAR » Black Diamond Apollo lantern
May 22, 10:31am

Black Diamond Apollo lantern
Does anyone have experience with this product? http://www.bdel.com/gear/apollo.php A friend of mine is thinking about getting several of them to use in the wintertime camping in large groups ...

In GEAR » Black Diamond Apollo lantern
May 21, 5:37pm

Chrome Dome
Thanks Rick. Good to know. The size is really less important than the toughness. Does it have a long shaft/handle? Or one of those too-short ones?

In GEAR » GoLite Chrome Dome? or other umbrellas
May 21, 4:03pm

Patagonia Wool 2 or Icebreaker Oasis 200
I have both of these and am very impressed. The patagonia wool 2 is slightly thinner and the version I have is a zip-t. The Icebreaker has been one of my favorite items for several years. I have av...

In GEAR » Merino wool baselayer - which one?
May 21, 3:38pm

GoLite Chrome Dome? or other umbrellas
I am curious about how tough the Chrome Dome is. As in, would it hold up to windy conditions? For over a month at a time? Also, exactly how much coverage does it afford? Can more than one person st...

In GEAR » GoLite Chrome Dome? or other umbrellas
May 21, 3:35pm

Down in Alaska
Julia: I live in Southeast Alaska (a temperate rain forest) and have camped all over Alaska. I have used down bags here for five years and never had a problem. If you are conscientious about you...

In GEAR » Sleeping bag delima
May 21, 3:07pm

All Reader Reviews by Sheila Baynes

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Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack
I use a variety of these sacks in different sizes and find them very useful. I have even used them to carry water and do laundry in, and they have not leaked in my experience.

In Miscellaneous Products
May 21, 3:26pm

REI Sub Kilo 15* Ladies Regular
Mine has served me well for over 100 nights in the field. Plus, it is purple. I trust that if I ever have the problems that Cat experienced, I can return it quite easily to REI.

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
May 21, 3:11pm

REI Sub-Kilo 20 degree
I love mine. It has kept me warm down to the rating, and is oh-so-cozy. The cute purple color of the women's doesn't hurt either.

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
May 21, 3:09pm

Black Diamond Moxie
This is a pretty average, functional mid-sized headlamp. However, I am giving BD props for making a women's specific design. Yes, it is somewhat ridiculous that their definition of women's spe...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 21, 2:54pm

Patagonia Lightweight Capilene Glove Liners
I like mine: light, but good warmth. They got a hole in them pretty easily, which is why I gave them a 4.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
May 21, 2:43pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
I switched to this after using two older models by Thermarest (the fat camp model for paddling and the teeny lightweight shortie they made 7 or so years ago). Unlike my previous models, I haven't ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
May 19, 1:38pm

Arcteryx Customer service
My 6-year-old Arc'teryx Minuteman SV shell began leaking through the shoulders and front zip last summer during a (VERY rainy) month-long trip in the Talkeetnas. I sent it to Arc'teryx and ask...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 13, 4:35pm

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
The definition of a 5 - The houdini is amazing. I bought it to replace a cheap Sierra Designs windjacket and couldn't be more pleased. Those who find the price unjustified might consider the costs...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 13, 4:21pm

Crocs Any closed toe model
they are indeed lightweight, but I found them awful as a camp shoe. I want something I can feel more confident scrambling in. Also, my relatively sweaty feet made these a mess pretty quickly (and that...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 27, 11:44pm