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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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All Forum Posts by Diane Pinkers

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Don't ignore your calves
The muscles of the calves send tendons down into your feet. Problems in the calf muscles can be a cause of foot pain. See a really good massage therapist with a background in sports rehab. My bo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Metatarsal Pads and other Foot Woes
April 18, 6:04pm

dyeing pack
What did you use to dye it? Nylon needs a dye intended for protein fibers. Something intended to dye wool would work best. RIT dye has two different kinds of dye, one for wool and one for cotton...

In Make Your Own Gear » Dyeing Pack Question
April 07, 12:37pm

Jacking up stove or dropping pot down?
Isn't the Starlyte stove the one mentioned in another thread as a stove one can use with the Sidewinder to eliminate the tent stakes? I would dearly love to have the pot sit down inside the co...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone Under Glass
March 31, 5:11pm

Article comparing cost and volume
Probably people get tired of Andrew Skurka getting quoted, but he did have a very good blog post on this very topic: http://andrewskurka.com/2012/bear-canister-shopping-guide/

In GEAR » Bearikades
March 28, 6:30pm

WTB: Large Neoair
I'd like to buy a used large Neoair from someone, either the original rectangular version or the newer mummy style. PM me if you want to clean one out of your gear closet. Thanks! Edit: ...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Large Neoair
March 28, 12:38pm

Can you shorten a Neoair?
I currently sleep on a 1st generation Neoair medium--rectangular, 20 inches wide, 66 inches. Now that I've shifted to a quilt, my arms are no longer contained as they would be within a bag, an...

In GEAR » Can you shorten a Neoair?
March 24, 8:37pm

winter pack
Check out Section Hiker. His March 14 2013 post had his winter backpacking gear list for the White Mountains, where he's been peak bagging. He lists something called a Cold Cold World Chaos B...

In GEAR » Winter Pack recommendations
March 22, 10:26am

The primary issue would be loss of loft. Under conditions of pressure and abrasion, angora rabbit fur would likely matt together, never to be re-lofted again. Felting (matting) generally needs mo...

In GEAR » Angora Rabbit fur?
March 20, 6:50am

zipperless tent
Christine, you've said that the zipper is often the place that tents fail--so how about a zipperless tent? https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Tent/fishhookul1 Personally, I"m a...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thoughts on gear for long-distance hikers
March 20, 6:41am

bacterial communication
Actually, here's one researcher that is a fantastic speaker, and may have an interesting insight to what may be the next step in "antibiotics". http://www.ted.com/talks/bonnie_bass...

In Chaff » Is There a Doctor or Nurse on this Forum?
March 19, 6:58pm

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