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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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Gossamer Gear The One
Unfortunately The Two, alias the Squall Classic, is still not in stock. Aargh!

In GEAR » Gossamer Gear The One
April 01, 3:06pm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pads
I checked BCG--their website says their first shipment is sold out, and there will be no more until June. I prefer to get the NeoAir from REI because there's a good chance I'll return ...

In GEAR » Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pads
March 27, 10:19am

News: Two million Acres Preserved
For a change--good news today!!!

In On the Web » News: Two million Acres Preserved
March 25, 6:38pm

Cell phones on the trail
Here in the Pacific NW Cascades, and also in the Rockies, most of the time I lose cell phone signal before I even reach the trailhead in my car. It's a useless brick in these parts. It's ...

In Gear Lists » Getting my gear ready for 2009
March 25, 3:46pm

Washing backpack
I asked this question of Six Moon Designs and they told me to hand-wash with mild soap, and air dry (no dryer). They didn't mention the water temp, but I would use cold or just barely lukewarm...

In GEAR » Washing backpack
March 24, 7:31pm

my first bag? Ohm or Flash
Since it appears that, unlike most on this forum, you are not a wilderness trekker but a budget traveler. I would not recommend the lightweight backpacks that we use for backpacking (as in the sen...

In GEAR » my first bag? Ohm or Flash
March 22, 9:17pm

Anti-Gravity Gear 02 Tent Questions
Another one here seeking a 2-person tent closer to 1.5 lbs. than 2. For slightly over 2 lbs., there's Henry Shire's Tarptent Squall 2, which I have and highly recommend, but I want/need to...

In GEAR » Anti-Gravity Gear 02 Tent Questions
March 20, 5:22pm

Recent Threads feature
This is a wonderful feature--thank you so very much!

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Recent Threads feature
March 17, 8:45pm

Hike Your Own Adventure (Choose your Own Gear)
I'm not in the Olympics (where my dog is not allowed) but in the Cascades, in similar weather. I have my dog to keep me warm!

In GEAR » Hike Your Own Adventure (Choose your Own Gear)
March 17, 1:26am

Aquamira Frontier Pro Water Filter - Recommend?
Thanks, Ben! I also have been considering just drinking through the filter bite valve. Sometimes, though, it's nice to have a supply of filtered water in camp. As I mentioned, I'm still ...

In GEAR » Aquamira Frontier Pro Water Filter - Recommend?
March 17, 12:04am

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