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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.
StateOregon
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Mary D

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Your Lowest Temperature with a 40F/4C Bag
As mentioned, the manufacturer's temperature rating means very little, and it's best to check the EU ratings, if the bag is sold in Europe as well as the US. My own experience with a Mar...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Your Lowest Temperature with a 40F/4C Bag
November 19, 3:30pm

State of the Market Report: Single Wall Tents (2008)
This is a really excellent review, which has come out at exactly the right time! I am trying to find a well-ventilated, wind-stable shelter for me and my 80-lb. dog to replace a Six Moon Designs ...

In Editor's Roundtable » State of the Market Report: Single Wall Tents (2008)
November 19, 2:12am

Lightest non stick fry pan
I'd like to know, too! I have a Ti frypan (the lid of BPL's Firelight 1300) but very much hesitate to use it for pancakes. I usually eat a cold breakfast, but in huckleberry season, spec...

In GEAR » Lightest non stick fry pan
November 16, 5:20pm

Supple pants with elastic wasitband
Is there some reason you insist on Supplex (a specific brand by DuPont, so it should be capitalized)? There are similar nylon fabrics out there that, IMHO, perform just as well. I can't tel...

In GEAR » Supple pants with elastic wasitband?
November 16, 5:16pm

Feather and Mountain: The Backpacking Light ICON
Thank you for telling us what it is--I couldn't figure it out!

In Philosophy & Technique » Feather and Mountain: The Backpacking Light ICON
November 16, 2:57pm

2-person Sublite??? Henry???
I've seen a report that a 2-person Sublite may be coming soon. Any truth in it? A 2-person version of the Sublite Sil is exactly what I'm looking for! Of course it would require longer t...

In GEAR » Tarptent Sublite Silnylon Now Available
November 16, 2:46pm

The Little things
A few more items: Triple antibiotic ointment--why are you repackaging? You are contaminating it by doing so. I get the 1/2 oz. plastic tubes, use about half at home and then put the other ha...

In Gear Lists » The Little things
November 12, 12:48am

SMD Lunar Solo vs Tarptent Contrail
I found that there was significantly more condensation in the Lunar Solo than in Henry Shires' Tarptents, but that was between the LS with just me in it and the Tarptent Rainshadow (much bigger...

In GEAR » SMD Lunar Solo vs Tarptent Contrail
November 12, 12:07am

Supplex pants with elastic wasitband?
Campmor's "Trekmor" convertible pants have an elastic back waist for both their men's and women's convertible pants. I have a pair (women's) and they are really comforta...

In GEAR » Supple pants with elastic wasitband?
November 09, 9:27pm

Reading glasses
The need for close-up vision correction usually happens in the early 40's, when the ability to change focus diminishes. When you find your arms are too short to hold the book far enough away ...

In Multiple Use Gear » Reading glasses
November 04, 2:31pm

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