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Mina Loomis (elmvine) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Central Texas
About Me I have been backpacking on and off in the western US since college in the early 1970's. Summer 1970 a bunch of us spent a week in the Three Sisters Wilderness in Oregon barefoot with blankets, book bags, and no proper gear at all. Now I coordinate youth backpacking for our Camp Fire council, and enjoy taking the kids to the mountains. I hope to take up more long distance walking after retirement.
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Re: Stoves, electronics & clothing rant
"What we need to see is PAN American products made in this hemisphere to strengthen our North and South American economies. Colombia (the country, not the clothing manufacturer) now makes a lo...

In GEAR » Creating an ALL USA MADE UL Gear List
April 11, 8:39pm

Re: Memberships are commissioned IIRC
I work part time at an REI, and no, memberships are not commissioned. Employee evaluations (and store evaluations) include meeting membership targets, but this is not a commission. And there is a...

In GEAR » Is an REI membership worth it?
April 08, 10:43am

tarp for Wonderland
We hiked WL in August 2009 with an ID 8 x 10 flat tarp (15 oz with stakes & lines) for the two of us, with down bags. 10 days, the latter 6 of them wet. No bivies. Tarp worked just fine.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Planning trip: Wonderland Trail + Northern Loop?
April 02, 9:19am

Umbrella and tarp
Like this? Golden Lakes camp, Wonderland Trail, Mt. Rainier National Park, August 2009. Rained hard all afternoon and all night. We were holed up nice and dry. Umbrella could easily be moved ...

In GEAR » Umbrella Users
March 21, 8:18pm

More tips
How the bag got "wet" can make a difference. If it was rain or spilled water or a brief dunking in the creek, chances are the down itself isn't all that soaked, because down abso...

In GEAR » Down Fill - 600 vs. 700 vs. 800
March 09, 10:34pm

I am, as noted above, a Ridgerest person, so I don't have personal experience with the Prolite pads. But there are several reviews up at Plug in Item #780990 to the search field on r...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Odd Sleeping Pad Question
February 19, 9:12am

It's OK, really
Um, really, don't worry about it. Get the pad you like. Even if it's purple. How's that going to hurt you? I work part time at an REI in the camping department, and believe me, a ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Odd Sleeping Pad Question
February 14, 9:33pm

Late March
This year it is a little later than usual--later in March and into early April. I don't remember the exact dates; they are posted in the office at the REI I work at.

In GEAR » When is the Next REI sale?
February 04, 9:19pm

We have one of each--cat and flat
We have an ID Silwing and an ID 8 x 10. Got the Silwing first, big enough for 2, sets up easily, nice and taut. Later got the 8 x 10. Why? The Silwing doesn't snug all the way to the ground...

In GEAR » Caternary or Flat Tarp?
February 02, 1:41pm

Thanks to all for your kind comments. We had a good time on this trip, despite our earlier trepidation about following a "route." We do need more practice at this sort of hiking, to fee...

In Post-Trip Reports » Big Bend Ranch State Park, December 2010
January 21, 8:00am

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