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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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question to doctors about ginkgo biloba
I'm neither a doctor nor a pharmacist, but I have been told that ginkgo biloba does act somewhat as a blood thinner. So do aspirin and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen. As someone who is prone to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » question to doctors about ginkgo biloba
January 08, 5:41pm

Early Spring / Late Fall list
Mike, at least out here in the Pacific NW we have so many car break-ins at trailheads that nobody should leave anything of value (or clues to their identity) in the car to reward these bozos. I wo...

In Gear Lists » Early Spring / Late Fall list
January 08, 5:32pm

Newbie help for 6 year old child backpack
Many thanks to Oliver for posing for all those pictures! James, that's the whole problem with most of these kids' packs. The support structure is great, but the total pack is made un...

In GEAR » Newbie help for 6 year old child backpack
January 08, 5:19pm

backcountry coffee
I've given up on backpacking coffee. At home I make cafe au lait with nonfat milk (I dislike milk with fat in it). I haven't yet found a brand of non-fat dry milk that tastes halfway dece...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backcountry coffee
January 05, 4:01pm

Backpakcing Bucket List
So many hikes, so little time! Here are the big ones: Pasayten Wilderness, WA Wallowa Mountains, OR Wind River Range, WY (northern end) Three Sisters Wilderness, OR Goat Rocks Wilderness, W...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpakcing Bucket List
January 05, 3:40pm

Tell me the difference between poles
The Ti Goat poles have been out of stock since last summer. Several emails from me to that firm went unanswered, so I gave up waiting (I checked a day or two ago just out of curiosity and they'...

In GEAR » Tell me the difference between poles
January 03, 8:30pm

Wide brimmed hat?
You can have my Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat when you can pry it off my cold, dead head....

In GEAR » Wide brimmed hat?
January 03, 8:24pm

Dogs and Tarp camping
Re the wet and muddy dog issue: My dog's pack contains a couple of Handi-Wipes which I use to towel him off at bedtime. They remove most of the mud and make him a little less sopping. I th...

In GEAR » Dogs and Tarp camping
December 29, 6:52pm

Dogs and Tarp camping
Two reasons I use a tarptent instead of a tarp are: (1) My dog is crate-trained so regards the tent as just another crate--it's his den, a place of refuge where he lies quietly until morning...

In GEAR » Dogs and Tarp camping
December 28, 3:57pm

Christmas Gear!
Same issue on the PBL 40% off--about half the items I wanted were out of stock.

In GEAR » Christmas Gear!
December 25, 2:48pm

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