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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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SMD Comet is being discontinued
Evidently it didn't sell all that well. But your GF has a chance to get a great pack for a good price! http://community.sixmoondesigns.com/forums/p/167/289.aspx#289

In GEAR » SMD Comet is being discontinued
June 02, 8:19pm

2nd degree manslaughter, not murder
Ali, you might check the news reports--here are two: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/46730622.html http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009290433_webhhuntingdeath03m.html ...

In Chaff » hunter charged with 2nd degree murder gets 3 months
June 02, 4:07pm

Why do I prefer a tent?
NOT because I am female! It's because to have a bug-free space for both my dog and me, using a tarp plus ground sheet plus bug net big enough for both of us adds up to the same weight as a s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why do women prefer a tent?
June 02, 12:37am

Neo duel use..
Having just watched the original Star Wars series (parts 4-6) over the weekend (babysitting my grandkids), all I could think of was dueling with NeoAirs at 10 paces.... At least they are less dead...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Neo duel use...
May 26, 11:14pm

Dogs and backpacking
Training and socialization, more training and more socialization are the keys to a well-behaved backpacking dog, and are far more important than breed. Sign up for obedience classes--they train th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backpacking with dogs
May 26, 11:08pm

Beginner needs advice on solo PCT section hike
You've picked a really popular section of the PCT, so should anything happen (Lord forbid, and you seem to be well-prepared), there will soon be someone coming along. Also, you've picked...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Beginner needs advice on solo PCT section hike
May 26, 10:51pm

Enchantments Permit
If Aaron's request doesn't work out, have you tried nwhikers.net?

In Gear Swap » FS: Backcountry Permit
May 26, 10:22pm

Squall Classic tent now in at GG!
The year-long Squall Classic drought at Gossamer Gear is over. The first new ones are in! Since I was at the top of the wait list, I just got mine. I haven't had time to put it up yet, but w...

In GEAR » Squall Classic tent now in at GG!
May 21, 8:26pm

Wind River Prognostication
http://www.wrds.uwyo.edu/wrds/nrcs/snowprec/snowprec.html Note that the columns on the left show current snow water equivalent (not snow depth) as of the day you look. The column on the right i...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wind River Prognostication
May 21, 2:24pm

Hanging socks to air?
I try to rinse my dirty socks each evening (I take a 2-gallon ziplock bag as a "washing machine"). The nice thing about having big mesh pockets on the outside of my pack is that it's...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hanging socks to air?
May 21, 1:33am

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