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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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MYOG eVent Rain/Wind Jacket
I inherited my mother's sewing machine and I should start learning to use it! Looking at the escalating prices of ready-made high-tech-fabric clothing, making it oneself is a whole lot cheaper!...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: eVent Rain/Wind Jacket
April 21, 11:45am

Interview with Mike Clelland!
I have both "Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backpackin' Book" and "Lighten Up!" and I'm always referring to them whenever I have a question about something. They are e...

In Editor's Roundtable » Interview with Mike Clelland!
April 15, 4:05pm

"Eleven Years Old on the PCT"
What a great story! My father introduced me to hiking when I was only 4 years old and that experience and his teachings about nature, the woods, and its residents made such an impact on me and has ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Eleven Years Old on the PCT
April 15, 3:30pm

A Country Divided: The CDT
I think we humans need such areas to in order to keep our hubris in check, and to remind us of our proper place in the scheme of things. We are a part, not apart, and certainly not above, the Earth...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Country Divided: The Continental Divide Trail
April 11, 9:17am

A Country Divided: The CDT
It expands my soul.

In Editor's Roundtable » A Country Divided: The Continental Divide Trail
April 11, 9:06am

A Country Divided: The CDT
Beautiful and inspiring photo essay! I am in awe of all of you who can do such trips! The CDT is, at the moment, something way out of my league. I can't wait to start honing my skills, and ...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Country Divided: The Continental Divide Trail
April 11, 9:05am

Walking the Backbone: A Journey on the CDT
Beautiful and inspirational photos! Thank you for sharing them. I ache to see those areas for myself. Your photos make me want to ditch the house, ditch the car, have a gigantic yard sale to unl...

In Editor's Roundtable » Walking the Backbone: A Journey on the Continental Divide Trail
April 11, 8:44am

Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Sleeping Bag
It looks like a really nice bag for the price. I think, though, that I'll continue to save up for a Montbell spiral down sleeping bag - I thrash around a lot when I sleep and I find regular (i....

In Editor's Roundtable » Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Sleeping Bag Review
March 24, 9:24pm

Small Wonders of Latin America
Wow! These are beautiful! I especially love the hermit crab and whatever insect that is sitting on rock. National Geographic should be calling you.

In Editor's Roundtable » Small Wonders of Latin America - Global Test Photo Essay
February 15, 3:46pm

Hiking Through Hyperbole: A Walk in the Clouds
I can't express my appreciation to you, Ryan, for posting this wonderful series! Thanks so very much. I felt like I was right along, hiking behind you. You are that good of a writer. I dream of...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hiking Through Hyperbole: A Walk in the Clouds
February 15, 3:40pm

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