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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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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

Base weight vs. pack weight: things overlooked in an UL cooking system"
I'm just curious how anyone can weigh the food they are taking without weighing its containers! I've always weighed my food as packed, which necessarily includes the plastic bags in which i...

In GEAR » Base weight vs. pack weight: things overlooked in an UL cooking system
May 25, 1:54pm

Bear Canisters
That's the difference--whether or not they are legal where you are backpacking. For example, in Grand Teton NP, where they mandate containers approved by the IGBC, the Bearikade is illegal. I...

In GEAR » Bear Canisters
May 23, 11:34pm

4 Day Rain Packing in PNW
If it's relatively warm (mid 50's or above), I just wear base layer top and nylon pants and get wet. At night, those wet clothes are in a 2 gal. ziplock bag in my sleeping bag. They don&#...

In Gear Lists » 4 Day Rain Packing in PNW :-)
May 23, 11:19pm

Kovea Spiders Back In Stock Next Week - Free shipping code!"
Thanks, Chris! I probably will wait until the next round, funds being a bit short right now. I do have one in mind, though! Did you know that folks can use their credit cards with PayPal? D...

In Gear Deals » Kovea Spiders Back In Stock Next Week - Free shipping code!
May 23, 11:03pm

Any "NEW" SUL Hikers out there?
As a creaky, arthritic old woman who really feels the cold, I need some comforts, like a really warm sleeping bag and a soft, cushy, well insulated air pad. This gets me a few ounces above the &qu...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Any "NEW" SUL Hikers out there?
May 23, 10:43pm

Insulating pants
My Patagucci Capilene 4 base layer bottoms are quite warm--certainly enough (when combined with the rest of my clothing) for stormy 3-season weather in the northern Rockies. I have several 100 wei...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 2B: Selecting the Lightest, Most Functional Gear - Rainwear, Insulation, Headwear, Handwear, and Footwear
May 22, 3:46pm

Lost Coast closed
Thanks for the update. Portlandhikers.org just had a trip report from a couple who were turned away from there last weekend. Scary situation!

In Pre-Trip Planning » The Lost Coast is closed for now.
May 15, 5:53pm

Which Pencil (or any other piece of gear) for the JMT?
I am heartily enjoying this thread!!! As in ROTFL! My dog just walked into the computer room wondering why I was laughing so hard!

In GEAR » Which Pencil for the JMT?
May 15, 5:38pm

Fitting packs
The best way to fit a pack is to box up all your gear, including a weight/size mockup of a week's food, and take it to the store with you for trying on packs. Just putting weights or sandbags ...

In GEAR » No backpack fits me-problem with shoulder straps
May 15, 3:37pm

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