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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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IGBC approved containers as of January 2013: http://www.igbconline.org/images/pdf/130401_Certified_Products_list.pdf Re the Bearikade--start here and page down to the posts by Greg Mihalik: h...

April 04, 1:32pm

Post-hike rituals
The same is true in the Pacific Northwest. Excellent public transit in the big cities, but little or none to outlying trailheads. What little exists is very inconvenient, requiring many transfers...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Post-hike rituals
April 03, 11:36pm

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsbdev3_063303.pdf The hang shown here will definitely amuse anyone familiar with Sierra bears! The main problem is above timberline. You can ei...

April 03, 11:29pm

How beer gave us civilization
As a Lutheran, I have to say Amen to that! Katie Luther was renowned for her home brew, so we Lutherans have always considered beer "our" beverage, even though we don't serve it in...

In On the Web » How beer gave us civilization
March 30, 6:58pm

WTB Wyoming Hiking Guidebooks
I don't have that one but have 4 guidebooks to the Wind Rivers.... I got the one by Finis Mitchell (from the 1970s but a fun read) just before the printed copies ran out and the price escalate...

In Gear Swap » WTB Wyoming Hiking Guidebooks
March 28, 11:14pm

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

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