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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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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

KMart Grease Pot
The grease pots are with the kitchen accessories, not with pots and pans or sporting goods.

In Gear Lists » Gear List - Most Economical way to reduce
May 21, 1:29am

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Sleeping Pad Review
I picked up a small NeoAir yesterday and spent most of last night sleeping on it on my living room floor. I spent the last 2 hours on my old POE Insulmat Max Thermo (now the Ether Thermo) for comp...

In Editor's Roundtable » Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Sleeping Pad Review
May 14, 4:49pm

Eagle Creek / Wahtum Lake Loop?
http://www.portlandhikers.org/ --check out recent trip reports on their forum. Snowmelt levels seem to be running about 3,000 feet right now--lower in canyons, higher in exposed places. Altho...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Eagle Creek / Wahtum Lake Loop?
May 14, 4:18pm

Do hiking poles build upper body muscle?
Using poles will build up "long muscle" (not the kind you get from body building) in your arms, shoulders, back and abdomen. I use poles for daily exercise walking (with rubber tips over...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Do hiking poles build upper body muscle?
May 14, 12:53pm

New Lightweight Convert...
On the pack--get the rest of your gear first, then get the pack. You don't want a pack whose volume is a lot bigger than your gear, but you don't want to have to tie stuff on the outside, ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New Lightweight Convert...
May 13, 11:29am

What kind of animal eats Polycryo Groundsheets?
I recently had a bout of house mice. One (or more) of them gnawed a hole in a plastic container (#2 plastic, similar to plastic milk bottles) of liquid house plant fertilizer, of all things. I do...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What kind of animal eats Polycryo Groundsheets?
May 13, 10:57am

Discussion on Pack theory, poles, and shoes
I prefer to have the heaviest items not too far above my body's center of gravity, which on me (large-hipped female) is quite low down. I have found that putting heavier items up high tends t...

In Philosophy & Technique » Discussion on Pack theory, poles, and shoes
May 11, 12:20pm

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