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Mina Loomis (elmvine) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Central Texas
About Me I have been backpacking on and off in the western US since college in the early 1970's. Summer 1970 a bunch of us spent a week in the Three Sisters Wilderness in Oregon barefoot with blankets, book bags, and no proper gear at all. Now I coordinate youth backpacking for our Camp Fire council, and enjoy taking the kids to the mountains. I hope to take up more long distance walking after retirement.
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When I click on the Trip Reports link in the right-hand frame on the BPL home page: COMMUNITY INDEX Forums | Reader Reviews Trip Reports People | Places Podcasts | Expeditions It takes me...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » dead link
November 23, 8:40am

Re: KlearWater
I've used it on a couple of weekend trips recently. It seems to work just fine. At least it tastes fine, was easy to use, and I didn't get sick, and I was hiking in central Texas, which is...

In GEAR » Aqua Mira vs Hiker filter
August 07, 1:37pm

Re: Re: Using Espresso Pods for pack-it-out backpacking
I, too, have been using finely ground coffee from home, stirring it into the boiled water in the pot, and after steeping, pouring it through an MSR filter into cups. Works very well, tastes great,...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Using Espresso Pods for pack-it-out backpacking
May 10, 8:09am

Fire starting
Thanks for that site on fire starting! I have recently been working with our Camp Fire teens on this. Many of us nowadays seem to feel that if we've read about some technique, we know how to ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Fire starting
May 01, 10:15am

Just found this thread, which died down a couple of weeks ago. My picture is my daughter (now 23) and me in the Hoh Valley at Olympic National Park in June 2006. It was the first time in severa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Your Avatar
May 01, 9:37am

Re: Definition of open fires
I think we are talking about two definitions here, or maybe three. In many areas, at least in the backcountry, there is a "no ground fires" rule. You can use a backpacking fuel stove, a...

In GEAR » Bushbuddy
May 01, 9:18am

Re: Re: Lost Maples State Natural Area, Texas
The other place in Texas that you are probably thinking of, that has maples that turn bright in the fall, is McKittrick Canyon at Guadalupe Mountains National Park. I have backpacked that park too...

In Post-Trip Reports » Lost Maples State Natural Area, Texas
April 29, 9:33pm

Lost Maples State Natural Area, Texas
A Camp Fire USA Balcones Council youth backpacking trip to Lost Maples State Natural Area April 13-15, 2007 5 youth (all girls this time) and 3 adults Trip Leader: Mina Loomis Lost Maples S...

In Post-Trip Reports » Lost Maples State Natural Area, Texas
April 17, 11:15pm

Re: What do you sleep on?
3/4 length Ridgerest Tent floor or, if in a tarp, plastic poncho groundcloth, or, in dry warm weather sometimes, just the Ridgerest Pack under feet (for slight foot elevation as well as insulatio...

In GEAR » What do you sleep on?
March 21, 8:41am

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On this page: There appears this language: "Drop Stoppers have been DISCONTINUED. ...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » bad link
March 16, 6:28pm

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