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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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Most comfortable CCF pad for side sleeper
I'm also a side sleeper, with occasional arthritic bouts in both hip and shoulder as I've gotten older. I've never been able to use a closed cell pad (either Z-light or Ridgerest). I...

In GEAR » Most comfortable CCF pad for side sleeper
December 22, 12:50pm

Hiking with Franco
Petras, if your Starlite is, as I suspect, a Six Moon Designs Starlite, then adding back the "optional" stays should take care of the problem. I have a Six Moon Designs Comet (slightly s...

In Post-Trip Reports » Hiking with Franco
December 21, 1:05pm

WM sleeping bag sizing
I am 5'3" and have a WM short (5'6") sleeping bag. When I stretch all the way out, my toes touch the lower end of the sleeping bag. There is no way the "short" WM bag ...

In GEAR » Help me choose a new sleeping bag
December 20, 8:34pm

New ultralight 1 person tents for 2009?
Chris, you are so right about the tent design--if there's an outward slanting door (lots of "standard" tents, at least here in the US, have those; it's one way the manufacturers t...

In GEAR » New ultralight 1 person tents for 2009?
December 17, 6:46pm

Newbie help for 6 year old child backpack
Darryl, congratulations on finding all those packs for Oliver to try out! Let us know which one works the best for him! You have set a great example of considerable persistence' finally...

In GEAR » Newbie help for 6 year old child backpack
December 17, 5:29pm

Toilet Paper Free Expeditions? Pooey!
OK, this will be rather frank, coming from a woman who's been backpacking or otherwise getting into the outdoors for 66 years. Some of us have hemorrhoids (varicose veins of the rectum). T...

In Editor's Roundtable » Toilet Paper Free Expeditions
December 17, 5:19am

2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
Items I've most appreciated in 2008 (more than three): Any tent designed by Henry Shires. IMHO, they are better ventilated and have less condensation than any other single-wall--and a lot o...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 17, 4:42am

Dogs [and horses and other animals] and Leave no trace?
Tad, I rather agree with you about "ownership." Sometimes I think my dog "owns" me! However, under our legal system, dogs and other domestic animals are property and have lega...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dogs and Leave no trace?
December 17, 4:12am

Newbie help for 6 year old child backpack
Darryl, I wish I could help more, but as I pointed out, I've been equally frustrated! It appears that Sarah's son Ford is larger than average for his age, similar to my almost 7-year-old...

In GEAR » Newbie help for 6 year old child backpack
December 17, 3:48am

New ultralight 1 person tents for 2009
I have had much worse condensation in my old double-wall tent (Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight) than I ever have in a single-wall. Because of the outward slanting screen door, the vestibule had to ...

In GEAR » New ultralight 1 person tents for 2009?
December 17, 3:19am

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