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Diane Pinkers (dipink) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Western Washington
About Me I started backpacking again in 2008, after a long hiatus---I haven't been since I was a kid. Loving learning about a different way to hike---backpacking was no fun when I was a teen-ager, stuff was too heavy! Completed my dream of hiking the Wonderland Trail in 2010, now onto more hikes in the Cascades and Olympics.

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vest mod
Sounds good, Owen, especially at that price. I didn't want a collar on mine. Collar and cuff buildup is a pet peeve of mine when layering.

In GEAR » Active vest
December 22, 7:05am

melanzana mod
I took a Melanzana Microgrid crew neck, cut the sleeves off and put a full-length zipper in. perfect! just enough more, but able to vent so I don't wet out so easily. Fits nicely under a Pat...

In GEAR » Active vest
December 21, 5:25pm

metal parts
My biggest tip is check for metal moving parts. Plastic bits will wear with heavy use. White is a brand name sold at Wal-Mart, and it has all metal moving bits. I know I didn't pay more than $...

In GEAR » Best Value Sewing Machine?
November 29, 10:43am

Melanzana fleece suggestions
I love the quarter-zip Micro grid fleece. I'd love to see it in a full zip, and in a vest. I finally got frustrated looking for a lightweight fleece vest, and bought a Men's XXL Micro grid ...

In GEAR » Melanzana Hard Face Vest
November 16, 7:49am

Well, if she's nice to me, she might be able to get time off in September, but that's when I like to be in the mountains myself!;-) I've been reading your blog, by the way, and your...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Glacier in June?
November 10, 8:52pm

ooh, fun!
If it was around St. Helens, or in the Olympics, I'd be up for it! Work availablity depending, I am on call 1-2 week-ends a month, and can't come out to play.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Anyone up for a Western Washington UL GGG?
November 10, 8:17pm

Maybe not
I'm asking for one of my co-workers, and I'm not sure how advanced her hiking skills are. I'd be surprised if she had ice axe skills, but she's a new co-worker and we haven't d...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Glacier in June?
November 10, 8:14pm

Glacier in June?
If someone had vacation time in late June, would it be too early to think about backpacking in Glacier National Park, or is the snow too chancy to even contemplate it?

In Pre-Trip Planning » Glacier in June?
November 10, 7:50pm

So from this discussion it sounds like a good idea to purchase gaiters to blend with the kilt. It will keep my lower legs drier, and because they are covered I will stay warmer. So far I have only ...

In GEAR » tall gaiters with rain kilt? Lone Peaks with gortex socks?
November 09, 9:04am

why am I worried?
No mystery there, Roger. I get super cold once I stop hiking. Being wet makes it worse. I carry dry baselayers to change into once I get to camp. Wearing rain pants and waterproof boots I stay wa...

In GEAR » tall gaiters with rain kilt? Lone Peaks with gortex socks?
November 08, 9:20pm

All Reader Reviews by Diane Pinkers

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Montbell Outpace Parka
The Outpace Parka is a decent jacket, but it has some design details that could be better. It sheds rain really well. It is pretty light and packable. Its breathability seems to be fairly good, alth...

In Clothing - Raingear
January 19, 11:54am