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Piper S. (sbhikes) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
About Me I hiked 3000 miles of the PCT over 2008 and 2009, about half the trail each time. I now hike in the backcountry of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. I'm a Trail Ambassador for Gossamer Gear.
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Re: Shoes for Pacific Crest Trail
I'm not sure the people wearing 2 pairs of wool socks are wearing HEAVY wool socks. Even so, if you buy shoes that are larger than normal, extra socks will help while they feel too big and then...

In Philosophy & Technique » Shoes for Pacific Crest Trail
January 11, 5:05pm

Re: Re: London
This thread is a gem. Have you heard of Mark Boyle? He's an Englishman. http://www.justfortheloveofit.org http://www.moneylessmanifesto.org/about-the-author Trouble with Santa Barbara are ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Living outdoors full-time in urban areas
January 11, 4:57pm

Re: Daily calorie requirements for long term thru hikes?
On a truly long distance hike it takes a few weeks before the reality hits you. Then the hunger hits you hard. You basically can follow your hunger. You do not need to micro-manage your calories. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Daily calorie requirements for long term thru hikes?
January 11, 4:23pm

Re: Re: Pemmican??
Over Thanksgiving weekend I brought home dehydrated vegetables and pemmican. I made two kinds of pemmican. One was the normal kind with beef and tallow. I melted that into my vegetables for a very ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Pemmican added to ????
December 04, 6:39pm

Re: Would You Do It for a Living?
I would not do it for a living. I will talk about it for a pot luck dinner, though. When I was long distance hiking I felt I was paid in wildflowers. I've earned more wildflowers than Oprah...

In Philosophy & Technique » Would You Do It for a Living?
December 04, 1:43pm

Re: Re: Long hike recovery time
I think you recover mentally much faster if you have something to go back home to. So having a job waiting for you will be mentally easier to deal with. I didn't have anything to go back to ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Long hike recovery time
December 04, 1:37pm

Re: Re: All-In-One Kit
I bought a shorter spoon so it fits in my pot. I keep a knife, chapstick and hand sanitizer in my pocket. Everything else goes in a tiny little mesh bag.

In Philosophy & Technique » All-In-One Kit
December 04, 1:32pm

Re: Learnt an very important Lesson on Hydration and Salts
If the other hikers were just hiking maybe they had no idea you were suffering. You have to say something. It's not being a wimp to say, "Hey, I need to stop and take off a layer." It...

In Philosophy & Technique » Learnt an very important Lesson on Hydration and Salts
December 04, 1:29pm

Re: Where do you compromise?
There's lots of lighter gear available now but rather than buy it I compromise and just keep using the stuff I have. Things I won't compromise on include: - protection from bugs while I ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Where do you compromise?
December 04, 1:19pm

Re: Anyone Practice Trail Communism?
I have offered to carry some weight for my boyfriend. But his pride keeps him from accepting the offer. We try to practice "communism" when it comes to the tent, each carrying equal halve...

In Philosophy & Technique » Anyone Practice Trail Communism?
August 30, 2:33pm

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