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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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New Tarptents
Re people and dog space in Tarptents: I know that the Squall 2 will hold two adults plus dog, because I've done it. The Rainshadow 2 will hold 3 adults plus dog--have done that too. Now th...

In GEAR » New Tarptents
March 14, 10:29pm

2009 GG Squall Classic?
The MLD pyramids are nice, except: No floor No screening I need a bugproof (including against ants, of which there are a _lot_ on the east slopes of the Cascades as well as points east) space ...

In GEAR » 2009 GG Squall Classic?
March 13, 12:07am

New Tarptents
If two people plus the dog have plenty of room in a Squall 2, there's no reason why 4 plus dog can't fit in the Hogback (although Henry has yet to publish the specs). The dog, like most do...

In GEAR » New Tarptents
March 12, 11:58pm

2009 GG Squall Classic?
I do want the Squall Classic; it's just that for reasons of noise and price I prefer silnylon to spinnaker! I took a look at the SMD Refuge, but without a bathtub floor the perimeter netti...

In GEAR » 2009 GG Squall Classic?
March 12, 10:04pm

Light Packs for 11-year-olds
"The six moon designs comet might also be worth looking at." The Comet pack starts at 15" torso length, so unless your kids already have that long a torso, these packs would be to...

In GEAR » Light Packs for 11-year-olds
March 12, 9:51pm

2009 GG Squall Classic?
My need is for an approximately 1.5 lb. tent that will hold me and my 80-lb. dog AND provide enough ventilation for both of us. I tried the SMD Lunar Solo, but it's too small when confined to ...

In GEAR » 2009 GG Squall Classic?
March 12, 9:33pm

Neo Air vs Ether Thermo 6
Another vote for that review to come out by early April when the NeoAir is supposed to hit the stores. I will be one of the bodies on the floor at REI in April testing out the NeoAir, but I'...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Neo Air vs Ether Thermo 6
March 12, 9:17pm

I've got a REI dividend to burn, what should I get?
I got a whole $35, the biggest dividend I've had in years (last year's was more like 35 cents). I'm saving it in case I decide to get the NeoAir. If I decide I don't want the ...

In GEAR » I've got a REI dividend to burn, what should I get?
March 11, 3:19pm

Contrail vs. Lunar Solo: which works for tall users
I haven't tried the Contrail. I found the SMD Lunar Solo a bit snug for me, though I'm only 5'3". I use a 2.5" POE pad and a thick pillow, which put my head really close to...

In GEAR » Contrail vs. Lunar Solo: which works for tall users
March 11, 3:13pm

Light Packs for 11-year-olds
I would check out the new Gossamer Gear Gorilla, which has a lot more structure and support than do the frameless G4 or the MLD Prophet. I bought Mariposas for my two grandkids (now 9 and 7, but t...

In GEAR » Light Packs for 11-year-olds
March 11, 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