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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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Pack Fit
It's nearly impossible for me to get anything to fit right. My toros is 15" - I'm short, but I'm also heavy right now (hormonal changes to blame). Trying to get all the components ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1B: Theory and Technology
September 12, 11:49pm

Re: "Peace Pilgrim"
What a wonderful, inspirational story! I was born in 1952, but I had never heard of this woman. I knew about Grandma Gatewood, but not "Peace Pilgrim." This is a very timely article, g...

In Editor's Roundtable » Peace Pilgrim: Minimalist Trekker for World Peace
September 08, 1:09pm

Re: "The Beautiful Cup"
And I agree with Joe. I was getting overwhelmed with the down jacket reviews, too. :)

In Editor's Roundtable » The Beautiful Cup
September 08, 12:51pm

Re: "The Beautiful Cup"
Fun article with great illustrations! I really like Java Juice and Starbucks Via, but they are a bit pricey. I wonder if there's a way to take bean coffee, grind it really really fine and fi...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Beautiful Cup
September 08, 12:49pm

Sierra Designs Vapor 15
A very thorough review. However, I'm a side-sleeper and a restless sleeper. I need a bag that has some flex to avoid feeling like I'm being held hostage in my sleeping bag. If this bag had ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sierra Designs Vapor 15 Sleeping Bag Review
August 24, 3:33pm

Re: Tarptent Moment
Very good review. I'm glad to see a review by BPL of this tent. I came across it a couple of months ago online and have been looking for good reviews of it. I had seen another video on yout...

In Editor's Roundtable » Performance Appraisal of the Tarptent Moment
July 27, 3:36pm

Day Hike Stove
If it's a cool day - like in the Fall - I'll bring my little tea light stove and my Snow Peak 600 to make some tea, chai, or coffee. I'll find a nice overlook area and sit, looking at t...

In GEAR » Your day hike stove choice?
June 30, 12:30am

Re: Rapids, Wolves, and Winter
Wonderful photos and article. What a beautiful area! However, I was disappointed to hear about the snowmobiles being there. When will manufacturers cut down on the noise and pollution produced b...

In Editor's Roundtable » Rapids, Wolves, and Winter
June 09, 3:15pm

"Everything Weighs Something"
What a great article, Charles! I felt I was reading my backpacking life story. I'm a 58-year-old woman who bought all her backpacking gear in the 1970s, after a month-long Outward Bound trip. T...

In Editor's Roundtable » Everything Weighs Something
May 04, 2:57pm

Knotless PCT bear bag hang
Brilliant, Josh! And that's a great instructional video. You're really good at explaining and demonstrating. You'd be a great instructor. Thanks for sharing!

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Knotless PCT Bear Bag Hang
April 29, 11:24pm

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