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Piper S. (sbhikes) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
About Me I hiked 3000 miles of the PCT over 2008 and 2009, about half the trail each time. I now hike in the backcountry of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. I'm a Trail Ambassador for Gossamer Gear.
CitySanta Barbara
StateCA
CountryUSA
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Re: Thanks! Please send more!
My partner has been rescued numerous times in Santa Barbara county and down in San Bernardino County (near San Jacinto). These rescues have involved helicopters and one just involved a fire rescue ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How much do rescues cost?
November 25, 11:45am

Re: Winter backpacking: Hike nights, sleep days?
I kinda like the excuse to get all caught up on sleep and then some. But it does get old waking up at 3am and wondering how you will survive the boredom until morning. Perhaps if you have enough mi...

In Philosophy & Technique » Winter backpacking: Hike nights, sleep days?
November 21, 10:00am

Re: Re: trip rain
I'm a fair-weather hiker. But if it starts to rain and I'm already out, I usually enjoy it and wonder why I don't go out in the rain more often. Most people are soft because they thi...

In Philosophy & Technique » Are We Going Soft? Asks the BMC's Carey Davies
November 21, 9:53am

Re: "Sharing (Or Not) Locations and Logistics on the Web."
In general, in my area, even if something is well-publicized you can be fairly certain beyond the 5-10 mile mark you will not see another person. Go out on an ordinary weekend, not a holiday, and y...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sharing (Or Not) Locations and Logistics on the Web.
November 21, 9:47am

Re: Feeling safe and secure
Wanting to become an avid backpacker is not the same thing as being one. Wanting to want something isn't the same thing as actually wanting it. I suggest that if you go with her again you at...

In Philosophy & Technique » helping girlfriend reduce weight - personal fears
November 20, 5:52pm

Re: Options for winter in the south west US (without snow)
Good hiking out here in the backcountry behind Santa Barbara, Ventura/Ojai. Get a map of the Sespe Wilderness (Ventura county) and/or the San Rafael Wilderness (Santa Barbara county).

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Options for winter in the south west US (without snow)
November 20, 3:31pm

Re: Weight, weight, weight
Before I hiked the PCT I did the math on all the various permutations with the gear I had available, trying to see what combination of tarp and rain gear weighed the least (rain gear because some s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Never used a tarp. Deciding to use it for a long distance hike...
November 20, 3:24pm

Stronger is better for everybody
Being stronger is better for everyone, though. If you can do 3 pull-ups, great. But if you can do 4 pull-ups or 50 weighted pull-ups, even better. You cannot be too strong. I also believe that a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why barefoot isn't best for most runners
October 03, 2:40pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Functional strength
Being able to squat more is helpful for any kind of activity. General strength gains improved my bowling score of all things. I went from the 30s to the 130s. As for big guys who can't so pu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why barefoot isn't best for most runners
October 02, 8:49pm

Re: Re: Running whatever
All I know is that running and other kinds of slow movement were no longer working for me. Maybe it is my age. I am 48. Maybe it's my body type. I'm short and stocky and kind of surprisingl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why barefoot isn't best for most runners
October 02, 7:18am

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