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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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Seam Sealing a TarpTent
I just found an interesting product recommended on the "Lighthiker's World" blog: http://lighthiker.wordpress.com/ The author is from Germany, so this blog--in English--is great fo...

In Philosophy & Technique » Seam Sealing a TarpTent
May 02, 3:34pm

Father/son getting started
It's worth the weight of the guides needed to get the young folks interested in plants, animals, geology and rocks. Just don't let them start a rock collection while backpacking! A y...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Father/son getting started
May 01, 3:04pm

Seam Sealing a TarpTent
Having used both SilNet and the GE silicone caulk, I found that the SilNet is just a thinner version of the GE stuff. The GE silicone caulk is a lot cheaper, but if you're sealing only one t...

In Philosophy & Technique » Seam Sealing a TarpTent
May 01, 2:46pm

Lunar Solo E--alternative to center pole?
I got Ron's carbon fiber pole; it was strong enough but tends to bend when you pitch the tent tight. Maybe I had it too tight? I didn't try an aluminum pole so don't know if that ben...

In GEAR » Lunar Solo E--alternative to center pole?
May 01, 2:32pm

WTB or Rent / Borrow Bear Canister for May 9-30 Boulder Area
Call REI to see how much rental is?

In Gear Swap » WTB or Rent / Borrow Bear Canister for May 9-30 Boulder Area
May 01, 2:28pm

BPL's NeoAir review
I have a few thoughts, but at this point I'll keep them to myself. You folks at BPL have enough upset going on with Ken missing!

In Chaff » BPL's NeoAir review
April 30, 7:51pm

Liters to Cubic Inches Conversion Chart
Just wondering if everyone is so mathematically challenged that they can't multiply or divide by 6 and 10 in their heads.... Scientists have used the metric system for at least a century; it...

In GEAR » Liters to Cubic Inches Conversion Chart
April 30, 5:11pm

Liters to Cubic Inches Conversion Chart
Lynn, I fully agree, but all attempts to get the US to change over have failed miserably ("If the English system was good enough for great-grandpa, it's good enough for me....").

In GEAR » Liters to Cubic Inches Conversion Chart
April 30, 3:45pm

Pack Suggestions
Six Moon Designs Starlight or Traveler, with the "optional" stays, will carry up to 35 lbs. easily. However, unless you can reduce bulk it might be too small. Looking at your list,...

In GEAR » Pack Suggestions
April 30, 3:10pm

GossamerGear.com ccf pads
They got 'em--I just ordered two. Price is up $1 but still a bargain. They also have the regular (19.5" wide) 1/4" pads now.

In Gear Deals » GossamerGear.com ccf pads
April 30, 3:05pm

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