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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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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

Glacier Peak Wildernes 6 day backpacking trip"
I did the Spider Meadow/Image Lake/Buck Creek Pass loop quite a few years ago. Buck Creek Pass, to me, was the climax of the whole trip! Plan to stay a day and day hike southward towards High Pa...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Glacier Peak Wildernes 6 day backpacking trip
May 24, 5:50pm

How many F degrees of warmth can a silk sleeping liner and a LW down puffy add?
I tried one of those silk liners once. I got so tangled up in it that it took several minutes to get out of the sleeping bag every morning. After a couple days of that nonsense, I trashed the lin...

In GEAR » How many F degrees of warmth can a silk sleeping liner and a LW down puffy add?
May 22, 11:52am

Oregon
Per Doug Lorain's "Backpacking Washington," his version of the Wenaha-Tucannon Loop is 46 miles, or 64 with his recommended side trips. There are more side trips you could take. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Oregon Advice
May 20, 5:51pm

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

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