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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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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

Durability and comfort of Neo Air vs. Big Agnes pads
The insulated air pad to which I can compare the NeoAir is the POE Insulmat Max Thermo (older version of the Ether Thermo). I have no experience with BA pads except the Clearview, which didn'...

In GEAR » Durability and comfort of Neo Air vs. Big Agnes pads
June 19, 4:41pm

A CHEAP and RELIABLE altimeter watch?
Does this also have a normal (waking up in the morning) alarm? The amazon.com description doesn't say. I need a loud alarm (not like the wimpy ones on Timex!) to get me up in the mornings! ...

In GEAR » A CHEAP and RELIABLE altimeter watch?
June 19, 4:05pm

GG Lighttrek poles
Here's another one who'd like to see pictures of the straps! I bought a pair of Leki Carbonlites last fall (before GG announced that Nordic-style straps were coming) but now that GG has t...

In GEAR » GG Lighttrek poles
June 19, 3:52pm

WA State 50-100 mile loop
The Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness should be just fine by July 1. Current "Snotel" data (I looked yesterday) shows the snow gone at 5700 feet in that area (Oregon Butte, the high point, is ...

In Post-Trip Reports » WA State 50-100 mile loop
June 19, 3:38pm

Another vote for the Rainshadow
The Tarptent Rainshadow also has my vote. 42 oz., single wall tent, full floor, full netting and vestibule. The specs are at: http://www.tarptent.com/productsheets/RAINSHADOW2.pdf and photos ar...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tent for 2 plus pooch
June 18, 5:48pm

Filter failure
It seems to me that any filter is going to clog up with the muddy water you describe. I'd want to pre-filter it (bandanna?) and then let at least part of the mud settle out in a container befo...

In GEAR » Filter failure
June 08, 10:44pm

dog + wet + cold
I towel Hysson off, mostly to remove mud (he carries a couple of Handi-Wipes in his pack for the purpose), and then put on his jacket, made of an old polypro base layer top that used to be mine but...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » dog + wet + cold
June 08, 10:36pm

Balaclava question for Roger Caffin and other cold weather experts
I'm neither Roger (obviously!) nor a winter weather expert, but for the last few years I've used a Manzella polypro fleece balaclava for head warmth. I find it plenty warm in temps well be...

In GEAR » Balaclava question for Roger Caffin and other cold weather experts
June 08, 6:02pm

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