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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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Gaiters
Memorial Day this year is the day after you start, which should solve the problem. I am looking at the Mountain Laurel Designs short gaiters which are definitely lighter than the Integral Design...

In GEAR » Gaiters
February 20, 5:40pm

2009 GG Squall Classic?
I too am still waiting. Gossamer Gear has everything else in stock that was held up due to the Spinnaker shortage, plus a number of new items. In fact, so many have bought "The One" th...

In GEAR » 2009 GG Squall Classic?
February 20, 5:30pm

BPL tests I'd like to see.....
A redo of the drying test of wet down vs. wet synthetic items done several years ago, using a larger sample size and more comparable items when pairing down and synthetic. It seemed that the jacke...

In GEAR » BPL tests I'd like to see.....
February 20, 5:19pm

Most expensive?
The most expensive gear item I have is also (I hope) the most useless, a 10.3 ounce brick, aka ACR Microfix Personal Locator Beacon. Its primary purpose is to keep friends and family off my case, ...

In GEAR » Most expensive?
February 20, 3:29pm

"patagonia winterfest sale
I noticed a lot of Capilene base layers at 50% off, which definitely is a good deal. Of course they have only weird colors left, but I wear mine either in the sleeping bag or under outer clothin...

In Gear Deals » patagonia winterfest sale
February 10, 4:23pm

WTB: Orphaned Trekking Pole
If you're anywhere near an REI store--at least the bigger ones in the NW have in their basement or back room a bin of single poles that have been returned because one pole broke. They are most...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Orphaned Trekking Pole
February 10, 4:20pm

Youthful Posters
Hooray for Devin! I'm in my 70's and I'd far rather talk backpacking than politics myself! I really don't think that politics belong on a backpacking forum. I'm all for ...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Youthful Posters
February 09, 3:31pm

XUL First Aid Kit
'...I would never administer meds to someone who's medical history I don't know, especially young men my age." Evan, you must have had a good first aid course! In the excellen...

In Gear Lists » XUL First Aid Kit
February 09, 3:11pm

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

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