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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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All Forum Posts by Mary D

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4 Day Rain Packing in PNW :-)
"When I broke the camp in the morning, it was still raining steadily and now I don't know how to handle this situation, I can't stuff the tent into the stuff sack or in the outer mesh ...

In Gear Lists » 4 Day Rain Packing in PNW :-)
May 31, 11:13am

What do you put in the pocket?
I have a Montbell windshirt, about 4 years old now. I wear it a lot but I've never even tried to put anything in that sleeve pocket, the only pocket it has. I contemplated cutting it out (wh...

In GEAR » What do you put in the pocket?
May 30, 5:07pm

RIP, Hysson
Thank you all for your kind thoughts! Please give your dogs a hug from me! Cats, too!

In Chaff » RIP, Hysson
May 30, 4:57pm

New to Portland, OR and looking for a good hike
http://www.portlandhikers.org Excellent field guide and a very lively forum. Also, very important this time of year, an annual "snow level" thread. Checking the past week's trip ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » New to Portland, OR and looking for a good hike
May 30, 10:05am

Refresh your screen
I got the same message from Vimeo, but refreshing my screen after logging in seemed to solve the problem. I have no idea why, and IMHO it shouldn't be necessary.

In Editor's Roundtable » The SUL Wanderer (Video Series) - Episode 2: Food & Water
May 30, 9:52am

Ultralight and the 10 Essentials
A little common sense doesn't hurt. Bug repellent isn't needed in November, although it's really great to have in early July. More "extra clothing" will be needed in N...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight and the 10 Essentials
May 30, 9:42am

Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking
Fixed length poles will work for your shelter; just do a clove hitch around the pole at the appropriate height. There is one big exception--if you're a shorty like me! The length I need for h...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 2C: Selecting the Lightest, Most Functional Gear - Cooking, Water, Trekking Poles, and Accessories
May 29, 9:11pm

The SUL Wanderer (Video Series) - Episode 2
What do you do during the 2-3 months per year of high fire danger, which usually corresponds to prime backpacking season? Out here in the PNW, fires are absolutely forbidden during that time. I&#...

In Editor's Roundtable » The SUL Wanderer (Video Series) - Episode 2: Food & Water
May 29, 8:56pm

Ultralight and the 10 Essentials
Unfortunately, your intended audience ("all those people I see on the trail with nothing") are not here on this forum! I see them a lot, too, especially in the Columbia River Gorge--star...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight and the 10 Essentials
May 29, 8:38pm

Selling my stock of hand knitted beanies
Kat's hats are all works of art, whether pre-made or custom! I hope to order a bunch for Christmas presents (don't worry, I'll order at least 4 months ahead).

In Gear Deals » Selling my stock of hand knitted beanies
May 29, 8:22pm

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