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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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It's going to take some gear to clean up that very muddy Brittany spaniel! LOL!

In GEAR » Right VS Wrong or Left VS Right
April 11, 6:29pm

Right VS Wrong or Left VS Right
A properly trained dog will not pull on the leash. Ali, in addition to obedience training classes for your dog, I recommend the Premier Pet Products Gentle Leader head collar. A mere twitch will ...

In GEAR » Right VS Wrong or Left VS Right
April 11, 3:41pm

Dont wear your day clothes to bed-myth?
Being female, I don't have the option of the "pee bottle." And being elderly, I have to make several middle-of-the-night trips. So pardon me if I'm not altogether amused at &q...

In Philosophy & Technique » Dont wear your day clothes to bed-myth?
April 11, 3:34pm

Steripen reliability
Sorry if I got a little over-sensitive there.... Roger, the model I had was the Adventurer. While I remember that there were several different signals, it has been almost a year since I returne...

In GEAR » Steripen reliability
April 11, 3:18pm

Backpacking w/ dog?
In the water lily photo above, Hysson is wearing the Ruffwear Palisades Pack. It has built-in water bladders. Its best feature is that the pack is detachable from the harness, making it really ea...

In Philosophy & Technique » Backpacking w/ dog?
April 11, 2:47pm

Steripen reliability
Why is it that when a gadget malfunctions everyone hastens to pile onto the user? Do you suppose it possibly could be the gadget that's at fault? Do you suppose that the user could actually ...

In GEAR » Steripen reliability
April 10, 10:58pm

Agree about black
Not only is black impossible to see at night, especially against a black sleeping bag or inside a pack with black extension collar, but it is also not the greatest color to have around my perpetual...

In Gear Deals » R1 hoody $69
April 10, 5:55pm

Steripen reliability
It certainly was unreliable for me! It worked fairly well when tried at the kitchen sink, although after getting out in the field I wished I had spent a lot more time with it under conditions a li...

In GEAR » Steripen reliability
April 10, 5:50pm

a walk of five weeks or so?
I'm seeing lots of Sierra advocates posting here, but nothing on the Rockies. It probably won't take five weeks, but the Highline/Fremont (aka Continental Divide) trail through Wyoming&#...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » a walk of five weeks or so?
April 10, 3:05pm

SMD Comet Interior Volume
As you've undoubtedly noticed, the main difference between the two (other than the location of the pad pocket) is the volume of the main bag--400 cu. in. less for the Comet. It therefore depe...

In GEAR » SMD Comet Interior Volume
April 10, 2:40pm

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