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Carol Crooker (cmcrooker) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Desert Southwest, USA
About Me I live and do a lot of my backpacking in the desert, but I LOVE the mountains of the west! I also get out to the east coast occasionally to backpack.
My PDF Gear ListHammock, Lows to 40

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All Forum Posts by Carol Crooker

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Green River Gates of Lodore to Split Mountain
I joined my "heavy" friends in big rafts and inflatable kayaks to run this 44 mile section in June (I was in a Yukon Yak with my gear in an Arctic pack on the bow). My goal was to get mor...

In Packrafting » Packrafting Trips Planned?
July 05, 10:44pm

Cheap packraft
Christopher, The Sevylor Trail Boat is a $70 packraft. It's lighter than the Alpackas (also much less sturdy and not suitable for white water). I know of one guy who used a Trail Boat to cross...

In Packrafting » Introducing the Packrafting Forum
July 05, 10:34pm

Wet Rentry - practice makes perfect
With a little practice, I find it easy to get back into my packraft from deep water. I practiced in a pool and in a reservoir till I felt comfortable. I made sure I did this with the clothing and g...

In Packrafting » Re-entering an Alpacka in deep water
July 05, 10:30pm

Alpacka suit
I wondered about the same thing, Richard. At the Whitewater Rescue Technician course in Jackson Hole in April, we spent a lot of time in the Snake River doing swim rescues, river crossings, and be...

In Editor's Roundtable » Packraft Trekking in Montana's Bear Trap Canyon (Videocast)
June 04, 1:50pm

re: Alpacka rent or borrow
Hi David, Depending on when you are going in July, mine might be available (I'm in Mesa). Or, Glenn at has packrafts to rent. He is located in Albuquerque. e-mail me at...

In Gear Swap » Alpacka rent or borrow
May 27, 7:23am

Internet connection
He rides his bike or horse and wagon to the library.

In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Making Unconventional Choices for a Better Life
April 09, 7:14pm

Decluttering me
Ironically, my largest "hoard" of stuff is for backpacking! I have hoarding in my genes but do a pretty good job of limiting it to just this one area. And I do get rid of backpacking stuf...

In Editor's Roundtable » Website Review:
March 09, 11:44am

Re: Green River Desolation/Gray canyon trip
Cool! Ken Knight is also interested. What time of year did you go, Robert? I'm signed up for an early May trip this year with my local kayak group. Their trip last May was ideal, but another gr...

In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Little Alpacka Packraft can Play with the Big Kids
February 29, 10:52pm

Desolation Canyon
I just came back from a meeting with the Desert Paddlers group here in Phoenix. A couple of people presented a trip report on their trip through Desolation and Gray Canyons last May. Fantastic! Who...

In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Little Alpacka Packraft can Play with the Big Kids
February 27, 9:42pm

Packraft Rescue Course
The packraft rescue course Forrest refers to will be taught in Jackson Hole in April by Scott Solle with Forrest helping out. Details here:

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Packrafting in Cataract Canyon
February 27, 2:12pm

All Reader Reviews by Carol Crooker

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Coughlan's LED Clip-on Headlight
The Coughlan’s LED Clip-on Headlight is light weight, inexpensive and bright enough for around camp chores. The red filter is a nice feature to save night vision. I gave it a 3 of 5 because it was fru...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
August 07, 4:22pm

Coughlan's Micro Lantern
The Coughlan Micro Lantern is a tiny LED light shaped like a lantern. It has a clip ring on top so it can be hung from your tent zipper pull or the like. The light shines out in a 360 degree circle an...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
June 03, 5:16pm

Inov8 Terroc 330 - Men's
I love the way the Terrocs conform to my feet without needing to be tied too tightly. So - our feet are different or your Terrocs came laced differently than mine. Mine came with a heel locking lacing...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 27, 10:21pm

Wilderness First Aid Classes by WMI/NOLS
16 hour course on first aid in the backcountry. Lots of hands on scenarios for practice. The course I attended in AZ in May 2006 was taught by an EMT from Pennsylvania and an EMT/ski patroller from Co...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
May 09, 1:06pm

Tilley LT5
Well I thought the LT5 was perfect until Ryan suggested it would be even better if it was lighter. But of course! And it's stylish too - at least we Tilley wearers think so. And Ryan, just slip on yo...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
August 02, 6:30am