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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.
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All Forum Posts by Mina Loomis

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Thanks for your insights
Thanks for sharing your experiences with this. Mid-July 2014 we went through on Skyline (PB Lake to Horsethief) and yes there are some big burned areas. But it had been pretty well cleared of fall...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Pecos Wilderness snow June 2015?
December 23, 4:50pm

Pecos Wilderness snow June 2015?
A question for all you New Mexico folks. For our annual beginner mountain backpacking trip for the central Texas Camp Fire kids, we like to hike a nice loop in Pecos Wilderness--Jacks Creek TH to ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Pecos Wilderness snow June 2015?
December 23, 10:33am

Why Sunday 1/4
It's supposedly because for some reason unknown to us plebes they needed it to be in the 2015 fiscal year and Saturday 1/3 is still the 2014 fiscal year. Mina Salesclerk, REI Austin Downtown

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » REI - FYI - Garage Sale
December 21, 6:29pm

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

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

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

All Reader Reviews by Mina Loomis

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Lost Canyon by Nina Revoyr
Review of Lost Canyon by Nina Revoyr To start—the book has a lovely cover of dark mountain scenery, which drew me in but with a shadow of trouble to come. Then there’s a “hand-drawn” map that remi...

In Books and Media
October 20, 3:25pm