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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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Short vs. regular bag size
One thing last year's nasty case of plantar fasciitis taught me is that when we sleep, our feet relax into the pointed toe position (why night splints are recommended for PF). It really depend...

In GEAR » Short vs. regular bag size and heat loss
March 28, 5:01pm

Jennifer, if that's what you want, go for it!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anyone ever regret a thru hike??
March 27, 6:06pm

Dogs and pads
The for what it's worth department: After I bought a 2.5" thick insulated air pad, I found that my dog was no longer shoving me off my pad during the night. Whether or not your dog nee...

In GEAR » Dog Beds in the backcountry
March 27, 11:51am

Where are you backpacking? That will affect your choice of canister. As mentioned, no Bear Vaults in the Adirondacks. Yellow Yellow, the famous Bear Vault opener, is now RIP, but she trained...

In GEAR » Bearikades
March 27, 11:37am

SOTMR: Two-way Satellite Communications for Backpacking: Part 2 - Satellite Phones
But I really wanted to spend my time out in the wilderness playing Angry Birds! :-)

In Editor's Roundtable » SOTMR: Two-way Satellite Communications for Backpacking: Part 2 - Satellite Phones
March 27, 11:29am

One way hikes
I tried a "trade car keys" for an end-to-end hiking trip one year but ended out having to abort my hike and leave the way I came due to my dog's getting sick. (Turned out not to be s...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 2-3 nights in the PNW in March
March 25, 2:03pm

Separate sleeping clothes - yeah or nay
While I don't take separate sleeping clothes, my base layer top and bottoms are what I use to sleep in. If it's cold in the morning, I leave them on until I'm ready to start hiking. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Separate sleeping clothes - yeah or nay
March 25, 1:51pm

Shirt for chilly mornings
The situation you describe is exactly when i practically live in my windshirt! That's what a windshirt is for, to keep out the wind and act as a lightweight wrap when it's a bit too cool f...

In GEAR » Shirt for chilly mornings
March 20, 4:37pm

Backpacking: baby on board (the sequel)
Way to go, Nick, Fany and Flora! Congratulations--and also on the book!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking: baby on board (the sequel)
March 19, 3:30pm

Evernew bladders
I switched from Platypus to Evernew several years ago simply because I got tired of losing caps off the Platypus--Evernew caps have a connector holding them to the bladder, so you can't lose th...

In GEAR » MLD now has Evernew bladders in stock
March 15, 12:34pm

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