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Kathy A Handyside (earlymusicus) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Southeastern Michigan
About Me I'm getting back into backpacking after several years' hiatus. All my gear was circa 1979, so I've been gradually replacing it with lightweight new equipment. I will be retiring in 4 more years and then plan to do all the trails I've dreamed of doing. I also love xc-skiing and mt. biking. I plan to move to Oregon for retirement. Besides the outdoors, I love early and classical music;I play Baroque recorder and harpsichord. I'm a bookworm, I enjoy writing and quiet get-togethers with close friends.

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Lightweight Backpacking, Wal-Mart Style
I've managed to find some good little finds at Wal-Mart. For instance, I found one of those metal folding trowels for $6.00 - a cheaper knock-off version than the $18 one at a major backpacking...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking, Wal-Mart Style
December 07, 6:31pm

SPOT2 Personal Locator Review
In three more years, I will retire and plan to move to either Oregon or Washington state. I live in Michigan and going from a flat state to a mountainous state will put me in very new terrain and c...

In Editor's Roundtable » SPOT2 Personal Locator Review and Extensive Field Test
December 01, 12:53pm

MontBell Ultra Light Super Spiral Down Hugger #3
Great review! Back in the '70s, when I first got into backpacking, I bought a Sierra Designs Cirrus sleeping bag. I have always found it to be very restrictive but that was the way all the mumm...

In Editor's Roundtable » MontBell Ultra Light Super Spiral Down Hugger #3 Sleeping Bag Review
December 01, 12:44pm

Re: POE Ether Elite Air Mat
Tad, I have an Instaflator too and I love it! I have a Big Agnes Insulated Air Core pad and thought I'd have to get rid of it because blowing it up left me feeling very dizzy (as I have an inne...

In Editor's Roundtable » POE Ether Elite 6 2/3 Length Air Mat Product Review
November 15, 11:38am

Re: State of the Market Report: Two-Person Double-Wall Tents (2010)
Hi Mary - Have you checked out Granite Gear's The Haven? They told me it weighs about a pound. It looks like a pretty good bug protection.

In Editor's Roundtable » State of the Market Report: Two-Person Double-Wall Tents (2010)
November 09, 1:49pm

Re: Philmont Redux
Beautiful photography to accompany a beautiful article! Some of the photos remind me so much of my Outward Bound trip. If they had had something like this for girl scouts when I was young, I wou...

In Editor's Roundtable » Philmont Redux: A Returning Scouter’s Report
October 19, 6:09pm

Re: SteriPEN Opti Review"
Very interesting review! I've often wondered how the SteriPEN would work. I am on thyroid medication and so I can't use iodine for purifying water, so I have to use chlorine dioxide or a fi...

In Editor's Roundtable » SteriPEN Opti Review
October 05, 8:08pm

Re: Patagonia Down Sweater Review
Oops! A sentence in my posting should have read, " matter how large...", not " longer...". As you can see, this subject gets me riled! LOL

In Editor's Roundtable » Patagonia Down Sweater Review
September 29, 1:12pm

Patagonia down Sweater Review
Janet - This is a really nice-looking jacket and for day hikes I think it will work really well. And I thank you SO much for bringing up the sizing issue. That's been my gripe of all these manu...

In Editor's Roundtable » Patagonia Down Sweater Review
September 29, 1:10pm

I have a Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone pack, size small, with men's waistbelt in medium and trim shoulder straps, also men's (I might be able to swap those out for women's; I don't know...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1B: Theory and Technology
September 12, 11:52pm

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