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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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All Forum Posts by Mary D

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Alarm Clock
The one with two bells on top will surely wake me up, but like Bob, I'd like something a bit lighter. It does need to be loud! And I want to listen to it before buying! I have a Casio wris...

In GEAR » Alarm Clock
July 02, 10:47pm

OookWorks - caution advised
This is a really good example of why you should always have PayPal charge your credit card, so you are covered beyond the PayPal guarantee period. Even if the wait has gone beyond PayPal's...

In GEAR » OookWorks - caution advised
July 02, 10:42pm

Ultralight luxuries
Where are the graham crackers and Hershey bars? A marshmallow isn't a marshmallow without the other two s'more ingredients! I agree, leave the esbit out of the recipe! But as a gran...

In GEAR » Ultralight luxuries
July 02, 2:46pm

Baking Soda
51 fantastic uses for baking soda: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/51-fantastic-uses-for-baking-soda.html 75 extraordinary uses for baking soda: http://lifehackery.com/2008/07/22/home-4/ e...

In Multiple Use Gear » Baking Soda
July 02, 12:30pm

Alarm Clock
"This is an ultralight backpacking website. We do not take alarm clocks in the wilderness." Not all of us are early birds. Some of us (yes, I'm one) won't be on the trail unti...

In GEAR » Alarm Clock
July 01, 5:40pm

Wind River Bridger forest WY
Shuttle service is provided by the Great Outdoors Shop in Pinedale (which you can google). They can shuttle your car from your starting point to your destination so you don't have to worry abo...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Wind River Bridger forest WY
June 29, 9:53pm

The Timberline Trail
Do note that per the US Forest Service, the Timberline Trail is still officially closed between Elk Cove and Cloud Cap. To the best of my knowledge, though, they are no longer threatening big fine...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Timberline Trail
June 24, 5:38pm

Dog Injury on Trail
I am lucky in that my daughter is a veterinarian, so I get free advice and free meds! I'm going to have to look up doses again, though, because I just found out that I'm getting a temporar...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dog Injury on Trail
June 11, 7:37pm

Dog Injury on Trail
There are doggie first aid classes offered in some areas. If none where you livet, it's a good idea to read a book and have a chat with your veterinarian on what to take for first aid items. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dog Injury on Trail
June 11, 4:25pm

5'6" WM bags, really that much of a difference?
One thing I never realized until I got a bad case of plantar fasciitis a couple of years ago: When you're lying on your back and relaxed, your feet automatically go into the pointy toe positio...

In GEAR » 5'6" WM bags, really that much of a difference?
June 02, 4:54pm

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

Backcountrygear.com
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