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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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Black Diamond One Shot w/CF poles
I concur with the suggestion that you list the item here for a week first. I personally don't like using eBay (per the local police, a lot of stolen goods end up there). At least for the sel...

In Gear Swap » Black Diamond One Shot w/CF poles
February 09, 2:52pm

Trekking Poles - Do I need them?
Only you can answer this question for yourself. After years of using a single walking staff, I started using trekking poles three years ago and now find them indispensable. "When using t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trekking Poles - Do I need them? (sorry long thread)
February 09, 2:35pm

Coolest Ever
Six Moon Designs Comet pack. It's the one gear item that I've never been tempted to change since I bought it!

In GEAR » Coolest Ever
February 03, 7:24pm

Inflatable Pads - Carry Patch Kit?
Duct tape. I haven't had to use it, but I did do a trial to be sure it would stick to the mat.

In GEAR » Inflatable Pads - Carry Patch Kit?
February 03, 6:59pm

Body Glide vs. Hydropel
I haven't tried Hydropel so can't comment on that issue. With Body Glide, I cut a little piece from the stick and put it inside a small plastic bag. Worked just fine--in fact, the one bag...

In Philosophy & Technique » Body Glide vs. Hydropel
February 03, 6:47pm

Not at all good for those of us who are allergic to iodine! I've been told that iodine (including betadine) shouldn't be used in wounds anyway because it damages tissue. In surgery it'...

In GEAR » Doctor Bronner's castile soap Question
February 03, 6:43pm

Lazr Hi-Vis Titanium NAIL Tent Stake
In my experience, no stake will survive pounding into solid rock. I haven't used the Ti nails yet (just got some on the year-end sale). With the tubular Easton ones, I found it helped to make...

In GEAR » Lazr Hi-Vis Titanium NAIL Tent Stake
February 02, 3:56pm

One of the wingers
"Occasionally I see people winging about condensation in the LS." I'm afraid I'm one of the wingers. I won't go into all the problems I had when sleeping in one with my do...

In GEAR » My lunar solo
February 02, 3:43pm

Wind River Trip August 2008
Beautiful pictures! I am hoping to go there next summer! I notice you have my favorite tent! Where was your campsite just before you dayhiked to Titcomb Basin? Those trees seemed unusually l...

In Post-Trip Reports » Wind River Trip August 2008
February 02, 3:13pm

Natural wood sealant?
Beautiful piece of work! Judging from the quality of your spork, you might have a second career ahead! Had you thought of a salad bowl and server set for home? They would make beautiful gifts,...

In Make Your Own Gear » Natural wood sealant???
February 02, 3:08pm

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