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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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Bear Vault works fine
I have an Arc Blast, and the first few hikes I took it on involved a bear can carry. I have the Bear Vault 500, which is 8.7" in diameter, by 12.7 inches tall. It carried ok, I didn't re...

In GEAR » Bear can in an Arc Blast?
February 09, 10:59am

^ +1
Mary has hit it on the head on all aspects. Beagles are lovely dogs, but their brains can turn off when they are on a scent. If you love your dog, you will love it enough to give it the training ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Packing with Dogs
February 08, 7:38pm

It's right's looking at me!
As I'm reading this thread, the ad at the top of the page is, you guessed ad for yoga mats!

In Chaff » Why you shouldn't buy a yoga mat.
February 05, 5:40pm

the sneeze issue
I found that frequent and judicious employment of Kegel exercises really improved the sneeze issue for me. Beats carrying panty liners.

In GEAR » Alright LADIES...let's talk panties...
February 04, 8:04pm

Well, sorta
Yes, it is an ethical question, as it must piss proprietors off along the trails when people just casually plug in. That sort of thing can get hikers banned from places--witness the Laundromat in...

In Philosophy & Technique » Nero day charging gadgets
February 02, 7:45pm

Nero day charging gadgets
As a conceptual exercise, I was wondering--if you are not staying over in a town, renting a motel room, how do people go about charging their cell phones, MP3 players, etc? I have heard/read sever...

In Philosophy & Technique » Nero day charging gadgets
February 02, 6:37pm

quilt for me
As a side sleeper and a toss-and-turner, bags never made sense for me. Always ended up with the hood over my face, my legs tangled up, would wake up and have to spend time getting it all straight a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Claustrophobia, quilt owners’ secret shame?
February 02, 5:29pm

velcro attachment sucks
I'd love to use the Dirty Girl gaiters just for the funk factor, but I just could not get the Velcro patch to stay glued to my shoes. The Montbell gaiters have been fantastic. I thought the...

In GEAR » gaiters
February 02, 5:22pm

check out this blog
I use Ex Officio too, but would NOT count on them for stink control. I'd use merino, but the only ones I have seen so far do not come large enough--XL is not size 14-16! Here is a blog from...

In GEAR » Alright LADIES...let's talk panties...
February 01, 12:42pm

limiting miles
It would make sense to build up to big miles in the beginning, especially if you haven't had a chance to put many miles on your feet right before setting off. Folks talk about having to do 20 ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Shoes for Pacific Crest Trail
January 31, 6:45am

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