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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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Sasquatch brave (or maybe just holding his breath)
Ha! Good plan to fool the unwary.

In Philosophy & Technique » Swim Crossing techniques/clothing
December 21, 1:46pm

Sasquatch holding his breath
Ed, Great tip about holding your breath. I'm imprinting that in my memory so I can try it next time I'm crossing an ice cold stream.

In Philosophy & Technique » Swim Crossing techniques/clothing
December 21, 11:24am

Gee - can't believe they crossed in bare feet. Guess if you're feet are numb you don't feel a thing.

In Philosophy & Technique » Swim Crossing techniques/clothing
December 19, 10:45pm

Great article!
Will, I enjoyed reading about your custom pack design process. Too bad my torso length isn't a bit shorter or I'd ask what happened to the first pack :)

In Editor's Roundtable » A Custom Backpack – Designed by You
December 19, 10:25am

Thanks Mark, Interesting to know you could survive an hour in ice water!

In Philosophy & Technique » Swim Crossing techniques/clothing
December 17, 10:00pm

Dress on the move @ Arctic guys
Hey Jason, Interesting. I wouldn't have thought to only partially dress, but it makes sense to keep moving. The cover of BPL magazine issue 7 has Jason Geck swimming across a river in the A...

In Philosophy & Technique » Swim Crossing techniques/clothing
December 14, 11:18am

Snow melt
I've been immersed in snow melt. But just to dunk in. Never had to stay in long enough to swim - and wouldn't look forward to having to do that! One thing I hadn't considered before thi...

In Philosophy & Technique » Swim Crossing techniques/clothing
December 13, 3:32pm

Swim Crossing techniques/clothing
After talking with Justin Lichter, Kevin Sawchuk and Ryan Jordan about the joys of cold water swimming, I gave it a try a few weeks ago. I hiked half a mile to a narrow reservoir, swam about 50 yds...

In Philosophy & Technique » Swim Crossing techniques/clothing
December 13, 11:03am

I went to Target yesterday - they have a nice selection of silicone stuff. Including individual muffin cups, muffin pans like in the photo above, and a 1 cup measuring cup that collapses that proba...

In Editor's Roundtable » Groovy-Biotic Cooking: Quick, Healthy Meals with an Ultralight Cook Kit
December 09, 2:07pm

Columbia zip offs
I've beat a pair of Columbia zip offs to death - and I still haven't found anything I like better. The fabric on mine is quite light - like the REI pants - but is holding up to lots of thor...

In GEAR » Convertible / Zip-Off Pants ?
December 08, 7:06am

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