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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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Weight Reduction
Losing excess weight, yes! Losing when you're already at normal weight, definitely no! Look at it this way--most people lose weight on longer backpacks anyway. If you're already at nor...

In Philosophy & Technique » Weight Reduction
January 29, 1:06pm

Backpacking with Dogs in SF Bay area
I would have to echo Thom's statement. Every time I visit my daughter, who also lives in the SF Bay area, I'm reminded of how dog-unfriendly California is. That's one reason I would ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Backpacking with Dogs in SF Bay area
January 29, 1:00pm

Harmony House soup mixes
Ok, Denis, now for the really important question about your yummy dessert. How do you pronounce your parrot's name?

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Harmony House soup mixes
January 28, 11:05pm

Roger, Grant did disclose: "...we have a sil nylon version of the SpinnTwinn in production right now at GossamerGear..." Grant is as well known to folks here as Henry Shires; I haven&...

In GEAR » Integral Designs Sil Wing vs Gossamer Gear Spinn Twinn
January 26, 6:20pm

Any reviews of the Six Moon Designs Traveler?
I don't have the Traveler but I have a SMD Comet. I love it! With the optional stays, you can carry up to 35 lbs. I actually carried about 37 lbs. on one trip last summer. My back and shoul...

In GEAR » Any reviews of the Six Moon Designs Traveler?
January 24, 10:09pm

WTB: GG Spinn Twinn
Check the GG website; the ones with the newer spinnaker just recently became available.

In Gear Swap » WTB: GG Spinn Twinn
January 24, 4:24pm

Yes, Gossamer Gear's "The One" is available!
I'm still waiting for the Squall Classic. "The One" is too small for both me and my 80-pound dog. The specs for the new Squall Classic are on the website, though, so there's hop...

In GEAR » Did you get "ONE"
January 24, 4:09pm

20% off Entire Order at REI Outlet
Thanks! I have a grandson (unfortunately at the other end of the country) who's looking to get some backpacking gear on a college student budget. Some of this stuff might be helpful to him--I...

In Gear Deals » 20% off Entire Order at REI Outlet
January 24, 1:57am

Bug bivy for two?
If there were a bug bivy for two (specifically, me and my dog--he needs a bug-free space, too) that, in combination with tarp and groundsheet, would be lighter than a 2-person tarptent (generic), I...

In GEAR » Final Shangri-La 3 Deliberations
January 24, 1:22am

Has anyone only cooked on a fire?
Near or above timberline, there is little or no useable firewood. Any dead wood should be left in place to add to the nutrient-poor soil. Vegetation grows so slowly at that altitude that fire sca...

In GEAR » Has anyone only cooked on a fire?
January 22, 4:18am

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