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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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Consuming Trout on JMT
In making the decision to fish or not to fish, I include the weight of a small non-stick frying pan, a small bottle of olive oil and extra fuel in the weight of my fishing tackle.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Consuming Trout on JMT
July 27, 5:17pm

Performance Appraisal of the Tarptent Moment
It appears that the author of this article has given us brief and rather unorganized first impressions based on 5 nights' use. He has not used it in severe storms or in high winds, but, based ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Performance Appraisal of the Tarptent Moment
July 27, 4:42pm

Map printing question
Mat, I position my maps each morning so that the side I need that day can be read through the plastic! There's never any need to open the ziplock bag during the day.

In GEAR » Map printing question
July 26, 5:29pm

Map printing question
The waterproof paper is a lot heavier and bulkier than ordinary paper inside a gallon ziplock bag! It has gotten to the point that if I have to buy a map on waterproof paper, I instead use my scan...

In GEAR » Map printing question
July 26, 4:38pm

Have at my friends, have at
Random thoughts: Food storage: If you're going to RMNP, a bear canister is required. Otherwise, you need a bag and some cord for hanging or (if, like me, you can't throw) an Ursack. ...

In Gear Lists » Have at my friends, have at.
July 26, 1:27pm

Winds: Big Sandy Lake to Fish Park ?
I have no knowledge that there's any sort of path there, so if you've received any indication of such, you know more than I do! I was hiking from the Big Sandy Opening trailhead so had to...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Winds: Big Sandy Lake to Fish Park ?
July 26, 12:51pm

Wind River / Maroon Bells for newbie
2.3 oz. compression bag for a down sleeping bag? You can get a 13 L Sea-to-Summit dry bag for 1.5 oz. or a pricier Granite Gear 13L cuben fiber dry bag for 3/4 ounce. You don't need a compres...

In Gear Lists » Wind River / Maroon Bells for newbie
July 26, 12:34pm

Bear Bag / Bear Canister Survey Please Help
Same problem with question #9, so I left it blank.

In GEAR » Bear Bag / Bear Canister Survey Please Help
July 26, 11:55am

Winds: Big Sandy Lake to Fish Park ?
On-trail: A slight cutoff--on the Big Sandy Trail, 2 miles west of the junction with the Jackass Pass trail, take the Diamond Lake Trail to your left, pass Diamond and V Lakes, meet the Fremont Tr...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Winds: Big Sandy Lake to Fish Park ?
July 25, 8:48pm

Persistent Cold Sleeper, Help!
No, the amount of air space to warm up inside the sleeping bag is not irrelevant. It's just that you really should try the less expensive alternatives first. At 12,000 feet altitude, dehydr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Persistent Cold Sleeper, Help!
July 24, 9:26pm

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