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Kathy A Handyside (earlymusicus) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Southeastern Michigan
About Me I'm getting back into backpacking after several years' hiatus. All my gear was circa 1979, so I've been gradually replacing it with lightweight new equipment. I will be retiring in 4 more years and then plan to do all the trails I've dreamed of doing. I also love xc-skiing and mt. biking. I plan to move to Oregon for retirement. Besides the outdoors, I love early and classical music;I play Baroque recorder and harpsichord. I'm a bookworm, I enjoy writing and quiet get-togethers with close friends.

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All Forum Posts by Kathy A Handyside

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New Model of REI Quarter Dome T1
Hi All - Has anyone used the new model of the REI Quarter Dome T1 tent? Or seen it set up in the store? I have the previous model which, as many people have said, feels like a coffin, because...

In GEAR » New Model of REI Quarter Dome T1
March 15, 3:22am

Re: New Pot
Dennis - According to End2End Trail Supply, the 10 cm IMUSA mug weighs 2.4 ounces and holds 24 ounces of fluid; the 12 cm IMUSA mug weighs 3.4 ounces and holds 44 ounces of fluid. They don't co...

In GEAR » new pot
January 08, 10:24pm

Rab MeCo Baselayers Review
Although I read all these reviews of clothing, they really don't apply much to me right now because it seems all the outdoor clothing manufacturers make women's clothes to fit very petite w...

In Editor's Roundtable » Rab MeCo Baselayers Review
January 04, 1:52pm

Camp-Tek Microburst Inflator
This is the first I've heard of this. I've been steering clear of pads that are not self-inflating because after an experience with one of those pads going flat halfway through the night be...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2011 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 28, 1:38pm

Tiny House Anyone?
This is my dream, too, for my retirement. I really don't want to have to move to an apartment (rents always go up)and I won't be able to affford a mortgage on a house (and I really don'...

In Chaff » Tiny house anyone?
December 05, 12:05am

Re: Where to Live
Hi Everyone - I'm sorry I'm late in responding (been working a lot of overtime; not that I mind - overtime means more money for backpacking gear! haha). Thank you so much for all your...

In Chaff » Where to Live
October 14, 9:50pm

Where to Live
Hi All - In another 24 months, I will be retiring at age 62. An active hiker and backpacker, cross-country skier, and newbie mountain-biker, I've been stuck in southeast Michigan for my entire ...

In Chaff » Where to Live
October 11, 12:00pm

New Balance 1000 Insulated Boot Review
Oops! I meant to write "furry collar." That's what happens when I post when I'm upset! LOL But the rest of my post still stands. Please - no "frilly" or "furry"...

In Editor's Roundtable » New Balance 1000 Insulated Boot Review
October 01, 6:45pm

New Balance 1000 Insulated Boot Review
Why do manufacturers continually add unnecessary frilly things to women's backpacking clothing?? The woman's New Balance 1000 boot has a "frilly collar." Why? I don't go into ...

In Editor's Roundtable » New Balance 1000 Insulated Boot Review
October 01, 6:44pm

Re: Women's Specific packs
Thanks Susan! I'm so glad to see this point addressed.

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Frameless Backpacks State of the Market Report 2011: Part 1 – Choosing and Using a Frameless Pack
June 04, 2:11pm

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