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Diane Pinkers (dipink) - BPL Premium 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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Three Sisters Loop in August
Hey, Jerry, are you out there? Anyone? Anyone? Got a question about the Three Sisters Loop. One description of the hike I've seen says one needs a permit, but as best as I can discover, one ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Three Sisters Loop in August
July 27, 10:13pm

Wonderland Trail
The two sides of the mountain can provide you with completely different conditions. When we went 3 years ago, it was the last 2 weeks of August. The east side from Longmire to Sunrise, we had 85 ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Clothes for Wonderland Trail in early September
July 14, 6:25pm

Diva Cup use in the backcountry
Love it, love it, love it. Use it at home, too, not just backpacking--much less waste, a prime motivator for me. I pre-dig my cathole once camp is set up, so I don't have to fiddle with diggi...

In GEAR » ***WARNING***Lady Stuff--DivaCup Questions***WARNING***
July 05, 6:41pm

Benadryl and 4th of July
Some people do use Benadryl to take the edge off. I don't, because as a doctor, I have access to better meds! The key with any method of sedation is to get it on board BEFORE the dog is agita...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dog Injury on Trail
June 16, 2:46pm

stress fractures
I've been living vicariously through reading blogs of thru-hikers. A trail-ending injury that has side-lined one of the folks I follow is a stress fracture of the foot. I'm guessing, the ...

In Philosophy & Technique » stress fractures
June 15, 6:57pm

zero drop shoes
I definitely feel better without the heel-to-toe drop. I've quit the arch risers, and I'm using Jennifer's hip stabilization exercises to correct the severe pronation I had developed--...

In Philosophy & Technique » rehabbing flat feet
June 15, 6:53pm

Goretex bike socks
Haven't tried these myself, but a Google search turned up Goretex socks for bicycling. Didn't know if maybe these socks might not fit quite so narrow. I tried looking for the Cabella'...

In GEAR » new from ArcTeryx: modular waterproof/breathable footwear
June 13, 3:08pm

Benedryl usage
Primarily I would use it in case of bee stings/spider bites. Dogs don't have a huge anti-histamine response like people do, but it can be helpful in those acute, severely inflammatory reaction...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dog Injury on Trail
June 13, 11:47am

trail pix
Now at I have one and it works very well.

In Make Your Own Gear » Staked out trekking pole "tripod"
June 12, 9:02pm

aspirin dosage
I am a veterinarian. Easiest pain reliever is aspirin, as it can do double duty for both human and dog. The dose is 10 milligrams per kilogram body weight of the dog. Roughly, divide the dog's...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dog Injury on Trail
June 12, 8:57pm

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