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Diane Pinkers (dipink) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western Washington
About Me I started backpacking again in 2008, after a long hiatus---I haven't been since I was a kid. Loving learning about a different way to hike---backpacking was no fun when I was a teen-ager, stuff was too heavy! Completed my dream of hiking the Wonderland Trail in 2010, now onto more hikes in the Cascades and Olympics.

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I stumbled onto this thread while reviewing my 3 season day hike kit. I still carry the AMK bivy, because of the weight and size-I don't want to carry a huge heavy item that I plan to never nee...

In GEAR » Lighter Blizzard bag
February 01, 10:03am

took longer
My boyfriend is one of the ones who had more discomfort post surgery. He has a pretty low pain tolerance in general. However, while it took months for him to be fully pain free, it wasn't enou...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How will hernia repair affect backpacking ??? Anyone Know?
January 30, 9:10pm

like 'em
I've tried all 4 flavors. The Smooth Caffeinator is definitely the best, I found the others more bland. The Blueberry's not bad. I like the fact that they don't make me feel heavy a...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Picky Bars
January 30, 8:56pm

caveman cartoon
How about this one?

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » What is paleo?
January 24, 7:43pm

osprey bite valve
I like the idea of a different bite valve--the Evernew one can be hard to suck on, and the rubber part has gotten sort of funky over time, possibly from the SPF lip balm I wear. The Osprey one loo...

In GEAR » Evernew Hydration Tube
January 22, 8:09pm

No problem
I switched from bag to quilt two years ago, and won't go back. I never did use the hoods on my bags very much, though. The trickiest things in my opinion were: 1)the feel of the NeoAir und...

In GEAR » Going from a Bag to a Quilt
January 21, 4:50pm

Pack lamas
The worst thing about those pack lama teams, they keep stopping to pray....

In GEAR » UL ideas that Died
January 21, 1:00pm

no collar fleece vest
I made my own. Bought a Melanzana crew neck Micro Grid pullover fleece, cut off the sleeves, and inserted a full length zipper. Simple, only weighs 6 ounces or so, and works well with a wind shirt.

In GEAR » Full-Zip Midlayer WITHOUT a collar?
January 19, 8:57pm

superfeet and dr sholes
I used to use the green superfeet, but they are really hard. Looking for more cushion, unless Superfeet have come out with a different line than I know about. Tomn when you say dr sholes gel pad...

In GEAR » Replacement insoles for Altras
January 13, 3:45pm

Not sold on it for bear cannister
I tried packing food for 1 5-day trip (2 people) with my vacuum sealer, then putting it in the bear cannister. Maybe if you turned off the vacuum function it would be okay, but what I then had wer...

In GEAR » vacuum bag sealer
January 11, 6:36pm

All Reader Reviews by Diane Pinkers

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Montbell Outpace Parka
The Outpace Parka is a decent jacket, but it has some design details that could be better. It sheds rain really well. It is pretty light and packable. Its breathability seems to be fairly good, alth...

In Clothing - Raingear
January 19, 11:54am