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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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ULA pack dimensions
You can order two or three at once, try them on (with your gear) and promptly send back the ones you don't want. All it takes is a little attention to your credit card billing cutoff dates (as...

In GEAR » ULA pack dimensions
March 12, 1:14pm

The "I don't get it" thread
Sometimes an "I don't get it" situation can be a challenge to try something new! The wind shirt, for me, was a case in point. I never figured I'd need one until I spend an unu...

In Philosophy & Technique » The "I don't get it" thread
March 10, 4:35pm

The accurate ways
(1) Put all your gear (including equivalent in weight and bulk of a week's food) in a box. Take the box to the store. Try a bunch of different packs with the gear loaded inside. Remember tha...

In GEAR » What pack do you recommend for this gear?
March 07, 11:39am

ideas for testing down insulation's reaction to water/humidity?
What I'd like to see is how the treatment for the hydrophobic down holds up to multiple washings. Neither the sellers nor anyone else has mentioned that aspect.

In GEAR » ideas for testing down insulation's reaction to water/humidity?
March 07, 11:24am

New product that radically shifts how backpackers approach field hydration
I really appreciate this thread, which has made me almost fall off my chair laughing (at a not very happy time for me). Seriously, I just looked at the Sawyer website and strongly suspect it&#...

In GEAR » "New product that radically shifts how backpackers approach field hydration"
March 07, 11:08am

How do i change the time zone?
Unfortunately, the employees involved were professionals--i.e., "exempt" from the wage-hour laws in the US. Most of us in that category routinely work 60-70 hour weeks. I'm so gla...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » How do i change the time zone?
March 05, 6:59pm

Time zone differences
Then there was the company my ex-husband worked for whose HQ was in New Jersey. West Coast employees and their families got awfully tired of phone calls from the boss at 5 am!!

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » How do i change the time zone?
March 05, 6:28pm

What are your guidelines for buying gear?
The careful, conservative accountant's guide to new gear purchasing: (1) See announcement of new xxx on BPL. (3) Look at the manufacturer's website and drool over the specifications. (3)...

In Philosophy & Technique » What are your guidelines for buying gear?
March 05, 11:49am

Make your own bars with only a microwave?
On her personal blog (not Trail Cooking), Sarah Kirkconnell (Sarbar) has a number of recipes for raw bars. http://gazingin.com She has put a few of the recipes on her Trailcooking.com site., bu...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Make your own bars with only a microwave?
March 03, 5:17pm

Questions about knee pain
Just some comments on James' comments: Yes, do your research! Being fully informed is very important. On the other hand, self-diagnosis can be risky, even for a physician who has the knowled...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Questions about knee pain.
March 03, 4:50pm

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