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Diane Pinkers (dipink) - BPL Lifetime 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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Benadryl and 4th of July
Some people do use Benadryl to take the edge off. I don't, because as a doctor, I have access to better meds! The key with any method of sedation is to get it on board BEFORE the dog is agita...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dog Injury on Trail
June 16, 2:46pm

stress fractures
I've been living vicariously through reading blogs of thru-hikers. A trail-ending injury that has side-lined one of the folks I follow is a stress fracture of the foot. I'm guessing, the ...

In Philosophy & Technique » stress fractures
June 15, 6:57pm

zero drop shoes
I definitely feel better without the heel-to-toe drop. I've quit the arch risers, and I'm using Jennifer's hip stabilization exercises to correct the severe pronation I had developed--...

In Philosophy & Technique » rehabbing flat feet
June 15, 6:53pm

Goretex bike socks
Haven't tried these myself, but a Google search turned up Goretex socks for bicycling. Didn't know if maybe these socks might not fit quite so narrow. I tried looking for the Cabella'...

In GEAR » new from ArcTeryx: modular waterproof/breathable footwear
June 13, 3:08pm

Benedryl usage
Primarily I would use it in case of bee stings/spider bites. Dogs don't have a huge anti-histamine response like people do, but it can be helpful in those acute, severely inflammatory reaction...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dog Injury on Trail
June 13, 11:47am

trail pix
Now at I have one and it works very well.

In Make Your Own Gear » Staked out trekking pole "tripod"
June 12, 9:02pm

aspirin dosage
I am a veterinarian. Easiest pain reliever is aspirin, as it can do double duty for both human and dog. The dose is 10 milligrams per kilogram body weight of the dog. Roughly, divide the dog's...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dog Injury on Trail
June 12, 8:57pm

There are several different types, even from the ones I pictured here. Just go to the nearest craft store, or yarn store, and stand around, looking befuddled. The sight of a guy in that store wil...

In GEAR » braiding Dyneema cord
June 04, 7:09pm

braiding long lengths
Bob, what might be simpler is to go to your nearest JoAnn Fabrics or yarn store, and look for yarn bobbins: These are used for intarsia knitting, and are large enough to handle large amounts of ...

In GEAR » braiding Dyneema cord
June 04, 6:45pm

Going up a day early and getting some adaptation time in is a good idea. Failing that, look for NeoAir 40+, or Altitude Adapt link It is a nutritional supplement that actually helps to impro...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Leaving for a section hike on the PCT/JMT soon and feeling nervous
June 03, 1:22pm

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