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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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Sore Back after NeoAir Use? v. stiffer self-inflating pad?
I've never tried the Montbell system (since a self-inflating pad is too thin for me), and I use my outerwear as a pillow. I agree, though, it would be wonderful to have a way to attach the pil...

In GEAR » Sore Back after NeoAir Use? v. stiffer self-inflating pad?
June 25, 5:27pm

GG Lightrek 4 with straps!
Thank you very much for the pictures!

In GEAR » GG Lightrek 4 with straps!
June 25, 5:18pm

Sore Back after NeoAir Use? v. stiffer self-inflating pad?
The arm support issue for back sleepers is a potential problem with any 2.5" thick pad that is 20" wide. My POE pad has about 1.5" less useable width than the NeoAir. That's be...

In GEAR » Sore Back after NeoAir Use? v. stiffer self-inflating pad?
June 25, 12:25pm

Sore Back after NeoAir Use? v. stiffer self-inflating pad?
Try letting some air out of the NeoAir. You'll have to experiment to find the magic spot between soft enough to be comfortable and so soft it lets your hip and/or shoulder hit the ground. Thi...

In GEAR » Sore Back after NeoAir Use? v. stiffer self-inflating pad?
June 25, 11:18am

Try Six Moon Designs, too
In the same category (under 2 lbs.) are the Six Moon Designs packs. With the optional (mandatory, IMHO) aluminum stays I could carry up to 35 pounds with comfort. (Well, my shoulders, back and hi...

In GEAR » GG Mariposa Plus
June 25, 11:07am

PLB's
Looks as though when my PLB runs out of warranty in 4 years, its replacement (if I'm still around and able to hike) will be a lot lighter and cheaper than my ACR Microfix (10.5 oz. and $500 on ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PLB's
June 23, 2:46pm

A few eastern Pasayten trip reports
From July 12 of last year (very high snow year and colder spring than this year): http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7968433&highlight=iron+gate From 6/30-7/4/07--gives an idea...

In Post-Trip Reports » WA State 50-100 mile loop
June 23, 2:25pm

Powdered Milk Enfamil-Milk Based Formula
Infant formula does derive from cow's milk, but it has been considerably altered to more resemble human milk, which is quite different from that of the cow. Infant formula is not like cow'...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Powdered Milk Enfamil-Milk Based Formula
June 20, 7:02pm

Yorkshire Dales
Thanks for the beautiful pictures!!!

In Post-Trip Reports » Yorkshire Dales
June 19, 5:08pm

Dehydrated Wine from Katadyn?
LOL--thanks, Chris! “Clumpy, musty odor, like drinking beetroot juice spiked with cheap vodka that has spoiled at the bottom of the ocean for three hundred years. “ I think I'll pass...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dehydrated Wine from Katadyn????
June 19, 4:59pm

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

Backcountrygear.com
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