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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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StateCA
CountryUSA
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Re: #1 complaint about packing
I think it's figuring out where to put my stove and pot. Everything else is soft and/or sort of linear in shape and can be smooshed into place. The stove and pot just doesn't fit anywhere.

In Philosophy & Technique » #1 complaint about packing
April 18, 5:53pm

Re: h20
You can't rely on water caches as a NOBO and you can do the trail without any water caches anyway. So really, the water caches don't matter in your planning. What matters is to get some kin...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 2015 PCT NOBO Limit
April 18, 5:35pm

Re: toe loops on Lone Peaks
Diane, you should send that picture to the Altra company. I wrote them and suggested that their Lone Peaks have the lacing at the bottom be anchored better so that when you loop your dirty girls in...

In Make Your Own Gear » adding toe loops for gaiters
April 18, 4:55pm

Re: Is a bucket/basin worthwhile for personal hygiene on trips more than a couple of days?
While hiking the PCT I got pretty good at giving myself a quick leg and foot wash with a bandana and about half a cup of water. No basin needed. A friend of mine uses pleated bottom ziploc freez...

In GEAR » Is a bucket/basin worthwhile for personal hygiene on trips more than a couple of days?
April 18, 4:04pm

Re: luna tabu
What are the "soles" like? It looks like they are coated with something. Do you plan to walk around in them without sandals? I bought some of these, or similar to these, tabi socks. ht...

In GEAR » luna tabu
April 18, 3:58pm

Re: stuff
This is my friend in Japan's backpacking blog with pictures of all his gear. His gear is actually pretty interesting. He carries a lot of electronics and camera equipment. http://completewalker...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » the opposite of ultralight
April 11, 5:30pm

Re: Grind your meats
Wow, all that dried butter and stuff sounds awesome. That menu must have served you well. Listen to Terry. I met him on an overnighter before he did the PCT and he was concerned about making the...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Long term dehydration prep for a PCT thruhike
April 04, 5:05pm

Re: Re: International comparison of water consumption
Last year at this time our water usage for a house with a yard and 3 adults averaged 145 gallons per day. Our latest water bill, same house and adults, shows average use of 80 gallons per day. That...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sierra Snowpack 2015
April 04, 5:00pm

Re: Re: sub 5 lb -does it really matter?
Well, if the difference is between 27 pounds and 15 then yeah, the 15 pounds is way better. But if the pack weight gets below 15 it doesn't make much difference for me performance or enjoyment-...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sub 5 pound - does it really matter?
April 01, 2:14pm

Re: Re: Hacking Wool Slacks?
How much do they shrink? Why not buy a pair that are many sizes too big and wash/dry them to shrink them up good? Then they'd be bullet-proof, right? Or do they just shrink and shrink with each...

In Multiple Use Gear » Hacking Wool Slacks?
April 01, 2:04pm

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