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Diane Pinkers (dipink) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western Washington
About Me I started backpacking again in 2008, after a long hiatus---I haven't been since I was a kid. Loving learning about a different way to hike---backpacking was no fun when I was a teen-ager, stuff was too heavy! Completed my dream of hiking the Wonderland Trail in 2010, now onto more hikes in the Cascades and Olympics.

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How well does it breathe? I've been wanting a fleece vest for just a little bit more warmth while snowshoeing, but I am finding it really hard to find a lightweight grid fleece vest. I am mod...

In GEAR » options for a light syn vest?
October 08, 10:16am

Zelph Starlyte stove
The best thing about the Zelph Starlyte stove in my opinion is the fact that it is really, really hard to spill, if not impossible. One of the major problems with alcohol stoves, especially of the...

In GEAR » Alchol stove.
October 05, 9:16pm

GSI gear
GSI Outdoors has 2 ounce soft sided bottles for use with condiments: GSI link they have a couple of different cap options, depending on your taste. I second the use of a syringe to fill ...

In Multiple Use Gear » Kid's sauce packets = UL containers
October 05, 5:15pm

I bought the Zpacks, and have been very happy with it. Can't say that I've used it in a sustained downpour, but for the usual PNW drizzly/misty all day wetness with wet brush it has been f...

In GEAR » Which Rain Kilt
October 05, 2:31pm

pack stack
Sleeping bag, sleeping clothes (long johns, long sleeve wool hoody, hat, gloves, down jacket) and insulation in a liner. Sleeping pad usually jammed down alongside when using a bear can. Cook kit...

In GEAR » Pack Stack Order
October 04, 2:41pm

GF in Europe
Actually, I'm not sure that's correct, Bob. Schar is a German brand, and they bill themselves as the world's largest producer of gluten-free products. I haven't actually traveled ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Gluten free granola
September 16, 6:50pm

Gluten free granola
My most favorite GF granola will no longer be available--Apricot GF Granola from GoBites. I've often thought it shouldn't be too hard to make--ingredients are cashews, coconut oil, apricot...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Gluten free granola
September 16, 4:58pm

Like it!
I finally had a chance to try out the Deuce of Spades. Nice tool! Was able to try it out in hard ground and soft, worked well for both. And, nice to be able to hack through roots! Moves more dir...

In GEAR » What do you think of your Deuce of Spades?
September 11, 8:44am

website or program?
Is there a website or program that I can plug the dehydrated ingredients into for meals I make on the trail, that will give me the calorie content? I'm interested in figuring out the calories/...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » website or program?
September 09, 9:24pm

Hiking snacks?
Hey, Dale, what did you do about snacks for hiking? I find that I probably eat the most sugar when I'm hiking. I can't not eat--if I'm hiking hard, I find I have to eat something ever...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » lose w8 now, ask dale how
September 09, 9:22pm

All Reader Reviews by Diane Pinkers

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Montbell Outpace Parka
The Outpace Parka is a decent jacket, but it has some design details that could be better. It sheds rain really well. It is pretty light and packable. Its breathability seems to be fairly good, alth...

In Clothing - Raingear
January 19, 11:54am