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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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CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Mary D

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More on bear spray
Actually, if a grizz attacks your tent (highly unlikely unless you have food inside and haven't already been attacked by mice or marmots), the bear spray won't do much good--you'll be s...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bear Spray in The Winds?
May 29, 7:12pm

My experiences with SMD have been pleasant
I, too, once received what was apparently a defective product from SMD. It was a pack, and after the second trip with it I noticed that the stitching between the pack body and extension collar was...

In GEAR » Very unpleasant experience with Six Moon Design (SMD)
May 29, 6:52pm

**rule** chose bright colored gear?
This advice is comletely contrary to the "Leave No Trace" ethic: http://lnt.org/learn/principle-7 "Bright clothing and equipment, such as tents can be seen for long distances are d...

In Philosophy & Technique » **rule** chose bright colored gear
May 29, 5:39pm

Rain and Tents
Tents need to have ventilation, especially when everything is wet. I personally have had a lot more problems with double-wall tents than with single-wall. At least with the latter, you can reach ...

In Gear Lists » 4 Day Rain Packing in PNW :-)
May 29, 1:20am

Bear Spray in The Winds?
I haven't run into any bears because I've avoided those areas, but I'm told that food-raiding black bears are common in the Big Sandy Lake and Cirque of the Towers areas, in the trails...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bear Spray in The Winds?
May 28, 11:22pm

RIP, Hysson
The other end of dog ownership from that cute puppy who chews up your furniture, digs up your lawn sprinkler and piddles on your carpet: My beloved backpacking buddy Hysson died peacefully in my...

In Chaff » RIP, Hysson
May 28, 9:51pm

TGO Challenge 2013
Another WOW here!

In Post-Trip Reports » TGO Challenge 2013 – Crossing Scotland from the Atlantic to the North Sea
May 27, 4:13pm

Base weight vs. pack weight
Ok, this is the accountant in me coming out: I divide my pack contents into two parts, fixed weight and variable weight. The first, of course, is items that are the same regardless of length of t...

In GEAR » Base weight vs. pack weight: things overlooked in an UL cooking system
May 25, 10:12pm

Request for username change
I agree with Ben; changing your email address is probably the best way. The alternative is several dozen emails and maybe a like number of USnail Mail letters to Ryan Jordan in hope he might possi...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Request for username change
May 25, 7:32pm

daughter moving to a down bag / quilt
Terry, have your daughter try using her current sleeping bag as a quilt (zipper undone and used on top) for a couple of nights. That will give you at least some idea if she will adapt to a grownup...

In GEAR » daughter moving to a down bag / quilt - looking for feedback
May 25, 2:20pm

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