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Carol Crooker (cmcrooker) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Desert Southwest, USA
About Me I live and do a lot of my backpacking in the desert, but I LOVE the mountains of the west! I also get out to the east coast occasionally to backpack.
My PDF Gear ListHammock, Lows to 40

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All Forum Posts by Carol Crooker

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Leaning forward?
And another thing... If you aren't, lean forward through rapids and paddle hard (which also keeps you leaning forward). It helps prevent bandersnatching :)

In Packrafting » Re-entering an Alpacka in deep water
July 12, 11:49am

Big guys bandersnatched
One more thing - you mentioned you were a big guy? That may be why the frequent bandersnatching. The newest Alpackas have quite a bit more floatation in the stern which would probably big a big hel...

In Packrafting » Re-entering an Alpacka in deep water
July 12, 7:13am

Tethering not a good idea
Tethering is not a good idea for me. The local rivers are full of strainers and the raft-paddle would be bound to get snagged. I just did Desolation/Gray canyon on the Green then Gates of Lodore (a...

In Packrafting » Re-entering an Alpacka in deep water
July 12, 7:09am

Mike Clelland! is a famous illustrator!
Hi Sebastian, Mike Clelland! is famous! He is the Mike of "Allen & Mike's Really Cool" book series. I first heard of him when I wanted to take my first winter camping trip. &quo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ditch Your Stakes: A Guide To Alternative Shelter Anchors
July 09, 5:00am

Hi Sean, If you end up with enough coupons, I can use one. I lost my paddle when I flipped on my last packraft trip and REI sells a nice Aqua Bound Sting Ray for $160. Carol

In Gear Deals » 25% Off at Rei coupons
July 09, 4:42am

WTB Serenity Net Tent - Six Moon Designs
Anyone have one they want to part with? e-mail me at carol@bpl (spelled out)

In Gear Swap » WTB Serenity Net Tent - Six Moon Designs
July 05, 11:58pm

Green River Gates of Lodore to Split Mountain
I joined my "heavy" friends in big rafts and inflatable kayaks to run this 44 mile section in June (I was in a Yukon Yak with my gear in an Arctic pack on the bow). My goal was to get mor...

In Packrafting » Packrafting Trips Planned?
July 05, 10:44pm

Cheap packraft
Christopher, The Sevylor Trail Boat is a $70 packraft. It's lighter than the Alpackas (also much less sturdy and not suitable for white water). I know of one guy who used a Trail Boat to cross...

In Packrafting » Introducing the Packrafting Forum
July 05, 10:34pm

Wet Rentry - practice makes perfect
With a little practice, I find it easy to get back into my packraft from deep water. I practiced in a pool and in a reservoir till I felt comfortable. I made sure I did this with the clothing and g...

In Packrafting » Re-entering an Alpacka in deep water
July 05, 10:30pm

Alpacka suit
I wondered about the same thing, Richard. At the Whitewater Rescue Technician course in Jackson Hole in April, we spent a lot of time in the Snake River doing swim rescues, river crossings, and be...

In Editor's Roundtable » Packraft Trekking in Montana's Bear Trap Canyon (Videocast)
June 04, 1:50pm

All Reader Reviews by Carol Crooker

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Coughlan's LED Clip-on Headlight
The Coughlan’s LED Clip-on Headlight is light weight, inexpensive and bright enough for around camp chores. The red filter is a nice feature to save night vision. I gave it a 3 of 5 because it was fru...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
August 07, 4:22pm

Coughlan's Micro Lantern
The Coughlan Micro Lantern is a tiny LED light shaped like a lantern. It has a clip ring on top so it can be hung from your tent zipper pull or the like. The light shines out in a 360 degree circle an...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
June 03, 5:16pm

Inov8 Terroc 330 - Men's
I love the way the Terrocs conform to my feet without needing to be tied too tightly. So - our feet are different or your Terrocs came laced differently than mine. Mine came with a heel locking lacing...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 27, 10:21pm

Wilderness First Aid Classes by WMI/NOLS
16 hour course on first aid in the backcountry. Lots of hands on scenarios for practice. The course I attended in AZ in May 2006 was taught by an EMT from Pennsylvania and an EMT/ski patroller from Co...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
May 09, 1:06pm

Tilley LT5
Well I thought the LT5 was perfect until Ryan suggested it would be even better if it was lighter. But of course! And it's stylish too - at least we Tilley wearers think so. And Ryan, just slip on yo...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
August 02, 6:30am