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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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Down jackets
While it's 3 years old, Will Reitveld's three-part State of the Market report on down jackets includes most of those still currently available: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/ba...

In GEAR » can you suggest a down jacket for my needs please
August 07, 11:23am

New JMT Speed Record
Fastest performance of Beethoven's 9th: +2 If, like me, you've been shoved off a narrow trail by more than one runner too impatient to wait until you find a safe place to get off, you wo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New JMT Speed Record
August 06, 7:34am

Piece of gear to stay focused
Try a 19th century sunbonnet! http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/04/f2/07/04f207d5425603b97a8c8507f8aa60ca.jpg

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Piece of gear to stay focused
August 02, 11:44am

Backpacking with a Newborn
Great article. This along with Nick Meynen's earlier "Baby on Board" articles should convince others. As a grandma of 6, I heartily approve! Actually, the baby will never be more...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking with a Newborn
July 30, 10:31pm

If it rains do you keep going?
Yes, yes and yes. Read the article cited by Marc Eldridge; it says it all! Even after almost 70 years of backpacking, I learned new things from it!

In GEAR » If it rains do you keep going?
July 24, 1:33am

Wilderness and Remote First Aid
NOLS' schedule for WFA classes is here: http://www.nols.edu/portal/wmi/courses/wfa/ I noticed one in Ann Arbor in October. You may find one closer or earlier if you look harder than I did!...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid
July 16, 5:50pm

Wilderness and Remote First Aid
As I understand it, NOLS' Wilderness Medicine Institute is pretty much the gold standard. Their Wilderness First Aid course (16 hours) is excellent and is being offered nation-wide through REI...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid
July 16, 5:38pm

"Missing "essential" items: backup light, whistle, and fire starte
Whistle--invaluable when backpacking with kids. You should see them come when I blow two blasts, which means dinner is ready! It sure beats yelling! I think that what the SAR folks here are tryi...

In GEAR » Missing "essential" items: backup light, whistle, and fire starter
June 22, 5:31pm

Looking for Synthetic Quilt from Cottage Industry
Mountain Laurel Designs

In GEAR » Looking for Synthetic Quilt from Cottage Industry
June 17, 11:59am

Timely topic!
Another gem from the BPL Archives that I missed. Thanks, Ken, for bumping this up!

In Editor's Roundtable » Walking on Fire: Part One
June 15, 4:55pm

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