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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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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

More on water caching
Last year I followed Boston and Cubby's trail journal as they hiked the American Discovery Trail from east to west. (In the eastern half, they seemed to be thru-hiking from one ice cream parlo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Balls and Sunshine Ripped-off on the CDT!!
May 15, 3:18pm

Some of us need more warmth!
Will, one thing you don't mention with sleeping bags is that for those of us who are cold sleepers (many, though not all, of us in that category are female), a bag rated under EN13537 testing a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 2A: Selecting the Lightest, Most Functional Gear - Backpack, Shelter, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad
May 15, 2:44pm

The SUL Mindset
While my pack is now at the weight and comfort level with which I'm quite happy, and I have no real desire to work harder or spend more $$$ on reducing it further, there's always something ...

In Editor's Roundtable » The SUL Mindset
May 10, 6:14pm

FS: Gerry Down Bag
Just to provide a little provenance for a truly historic backpacking item: http://www.oregonphotos.com/Backpacking-Revolution1.html To the right folks (a mountaineering club that keeps a disp...

In Gear Swap » FS: Gerry Down Bag
May 10, 1:41pm

Best Pack size for Overnighter?
I have only one backpack. It's 40 L and I can carry up to 10 days' stuff in it if necessary. For me the only difference between one night and 9 nights is the amount of food, and possibly...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best Pack size for Overnighter?
May 09, 9:35pm

Winds vs. Yellowstone late June
I'd check the snow levels in the Winds in early to mid June before discarding that idea. (I haven't kept up on this year's snowpack because I'm not even trying to go this year.) S...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Winds vs. Yellowstone late June
May 08, 4:20pm

"Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking
Looking forward to the series!

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 1: Concepts and Scope.
May 08, 10:36am

Bravo, Miguel, another + here!!!

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Ueli Steck tossed off Everest
May 03, 10:45am

2 week backpack trip in North Cascades
A couple of items: First, check the Holden bus schedules; per reports from others, I understand they are limited this summer because of the mine mitigation. Second, if you do nothing else, defi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 2 week backpack trip in North Cascades
May 01, 2:00pm

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

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