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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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mirror vs whistle
Terrain might have something to do with the choice. In woods-covered terrain a mirror isn't going to accomplish much, but the whistle will alert ground based SAR. In open country, a mirror mi...

In GEAR » Missing "essential" items: backup light, whistle, and fire starter
June 24, 7:18am

1.9 L Evernew, Sidewinder cone w/o stakes, and unmodified Starlyte stove
Dan very kindly sent me a freebie unmodified stove (had a little dent which did not affect the performance) to play with. I'm happy to report that with my larger pot the *un*modified Starlyte ...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone and Starlyte stove
June 22, 2:41pm

Twin Peaks rocks!
Mark, had any cherry pie lately ? =p

In GEAR » Sharp Thing Nirvana?
June 19, 8:14pm

electric collars
Electric shock training collars are only as good as the critter with the button in its hand. Your timing has to be consistent and immediate. Most people have NO business employing such training c...

In Philosophy & Technique » What to do when encountering dogs on the trail?
June 19, 7:42pm

Height from burner
The Evernew 1.9 L pot in the Caldera Cone w/o stakes ends up about 2.5 inches from the ground. Subtracting the 1 inch height of the stove, that puts the pot 1.5 inches from the stove. What does...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone and Starlyte stove
June 16, 7:50am

Pot size
I'm using the Evernew 1.9 L pot--bigger than what you're packing, Jennifer. I'm curious to see what the unmodified burner will do--Thanks, Dan!

In GEAR » Caldera Cone and Starlyte stove
June 16, 7:42am

Fast is relative
I've been very happy with the alcohol stoves--I'm not looking to be the fastest diner in the campground. However, there was a noticeable difference between the two stoves. I'm just wo...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone and Starlyte stove
June 15, 6:41pm

Caldera Cone + Starlyte + 1.9 Evernew pot
I like the Sidewinder Ti-Tri cone for fitting in the pot, but hate the tent stakes--the pot rarely sits properly on them, I get worried it's going to slip and tip. I was excited to try the Sta...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone and Starlyte stove
June 15, 5:43pm

Thanks for the solutions!
Yay, I knew the answer had to be out there, but was getting all sorts of useless garbage in my searches. Several of those options look quite intriguing, as I already have a separate battery pack t...

In Photography » charging camera batteries via USB
June 13, 6:10pm

Hot cocoa
A cup of hot cocoa right before bed adds increased hydration, fat, and warmth, all at once. Failing that, if you like chocolate, bedtime is a good time to bring out the chocolate covered peanuts o...

In Multiple Use Gear » Popsicle Toes
June 13, 1:04pm

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