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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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Leaving for a section hike on the PCT/JMT soon and feeling nervous
I'm feeling a bit apprehensive. All these PCT hikers out there right now are struggling and dropping out. I guess there is significant snow. I dropped out in 2008 myself in the section we'r...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Leaving for a section hike on the PCT/JMT soon and feeling nervous
June 02, 11:39am

Re: Re:Re: Darn.
I have better luck with thinner socks, too. I also have good luck with shoes that feel like my feet are swimming in them. In fact, it is only when shoes feel like slippers at home that they won&...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Blood under Nails and Shoe Size Question
June 02, 11:28am

Re: Re: Re: Shoe lacing anomaly?
I have seen some hikers who completely remove the tongue in order to get maximum room for their wide or voluminous feet.

In Philosophy & Technique » Shoe lacing anomaly?
May 26, 11:53am

Re: "very sad..."
I always carry a sharpie when I'm thru-hiking. It's best for writing hitchhiking signs. Here's a little more detailed information about the picture and the woman who write the item f...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » very sad...
May 26, 11:51am

Re: Thanks!
I slow-cook chicken breasts and then dehydrate that. It comes out great. Pork tenderloin does, too. But I keep it in the freezer if it's going to be a while before my hike because I don't w...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dehydrating Canned Chicken
May 17, 7:47pm

Re: Hungry Jack
Back in the 70s, my dad used to bring pancake mix plus a griddle and a restaurant pancake maker, which is like a large aluminum thing that squirts out perfectly-sized pancakes. He'd also bring ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » the opposite of ultralight
May 17, 7:39pm

Re: marking and making trails
Would there already be trails that the indiginous local people use for travel, commerce and trade? They have lots of trails for that in the Nepalese Himalaya. Make sure whatever you do is not go...

In Philosophy & Technique » marking and making trails
February 02, 8:46pm

I've met people for whom the PCT was their very first backpack trip. I met a woman whose very first backpack trip was the CDT. It really doesn't take much more knowledge than what you proba...

In Philosophy & Technique » THE PCT... FOR ME?
February 02, 8:42pm

Re: Question for fellow side sleepers
I found it hard to sleep on my side in a sleeping bag that has a hood. The bag never wanted to follow me as I tossed and turned. The quilt seemed better because of the straps keeping it put on the ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Question for fellow side sleepers
February 02, 8:38pm

Re: Horror Stories
Two horror stories. I almost fell out a window at Agra Fort in India. The marble floor was slippery and wet. I walked over to the window and slipped and nearly fell out the window. I was up as h...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Horror Stories
February 02, 8:31pm

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