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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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2008 Lightweight Footwear Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
I'm still experimenting on switching from Goretex lined leather hiking boots to trail runners. Right now I'm using women's Montrail Hardrocks and they seem to work. I need to experime...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2008 Lightweight Footwear Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
December 11, 1:42am

Gear Suited for Wet, Cold Weather Hiking
I've started carrying a non-cook meal or two, usually something that can be mixed with cold water like hummus or tabouli, for days when a cloudburst hits at dinnertime or, even in clear weather...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gear Suited for Wet, Cold Weather Hiking
December 11, 1:27am

Gear Suited for Wet, Cold Weather Hiking
Excellent article! Thank you! The one thing that bothered me about both this article and the earlier "Lightweight Backpacking in Sustained Cold Rain" is that both were written abou...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gear Suited for Wet, Cold Weather Hiking
December 10, 3:57pm

15 degree bag for women
While Western Mountaineering doesn't make separate women's bags, they do make bags in "short" for 5'6" and under. I have an Ultralite Super, one of their narrowest bags,...

In GEAR » 15 degree bag for women
December 10, 2:49pm

first-aid wipes question
If a substance makes the wound sting (as hand sanitizer does), you don't want to use it because is harming the tissue and therefore delaying healing. Or so I've been told by my ER physicia...

In GEAR » first-aid wipes question
December 10, 2:37pm

Vapor Barrier question
Praveen, I have the Brawny Gear rainsuit. One of the reasons I got it was to have the vapor barrier possibility as well as rain gear. This use was suggested on Brawny's website, http://www.t...

In GEAR » Vapor Barrier question
December 10, 2:25pm

Dental care on the trail
Baking soda is: --Lots lighter than toothpaste --Highly recommended by dentists --Doesn't leave white spots on the ground when you spit it out --Can be used for many things as described in ...

In Gear Lists » My little baggie of important dinky stuff
December 06, 2:28pm

Sweet Gear Surplus Sale
I've used a ULA Amigo Pro filter for two backpacking seasons. Your filter probably just needs to be backwashed (blow the water back through the filter) and the prefilter rinsed off under the t...

In Gear Swap » Sweet Gear Surplus Sale
November 23, 7:18pm

montbell jacket sizing for women
I have a UL Thermawrap jacket and a UL windshirt. Both definitely run small--I normally take a medium, but large is a snug fit for both of these.

In GEAR » montbell jacket sizing for women
November 23, 7:04pm

Six Moon Designs
SMD has 20% off on packs and tents, through 12/31. Check the right column on the home page and click where indicated to get the coupon code to use at checkout.

In Gear Deals » Six Moon Designs
November 21, 10:32pm

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