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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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Making the Transition
I'd like to comment that Mark's website is an invaluable source of information. Unlike many sites, he makes an effort to keep up with recent gear innovations. I've recommended it many...

In GEAR » making the transition, seeking help with gear
October 20, 10:42pm

I use Handi-Wipes
I find Handi-Wipes, available at the supermarket in packages of 6, to be lighter, more absorbent and much faster drying than a pack towel. They're also a lot cheaper! They can be washed and ...

In Multiple Use Gear » bandanna/packtowel-whats best?
October 20, 10:31pm

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 3 Trekking Pole Review
I haven't paid attention to the GG poles because I have to have adjustable poles--the length I need for hiking is shorter than what is needed for my shelters. The advent of the adjustables mad...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gossamer Gear Lightrek 3 Trekking Pole Review
October 20, 9:58pm

PCT Gear Reviewed
We need more of these post-hike gear reviews from those who've gone the distance! So many through-hikers are too busy trying to adapt to civilization after 4-6 months on the trail to bother. ...

In GEAR » My PCT Gear Reviewed
October 19, 9:02pm

Economy and gear purchases
I'm concerned, too. Gossamer Gear and Mountain Laurel Designs already went through a lean period not being able to sell a number of their products because of the spinnaker fabric shortage. GG...

In GEAR » Economy & gear purchases
October 19, 8:49pm

Calling Henry...
Isn't Henry staying in that interesting "tent" with the Australian flag of which you posted a picture last March 31 (April 1 in your part of the world)?

In GEAR » Calling Henry Shires
October 18, 11:28pm

making the transition
I started the transition 4 years ago; I'm still shaving off an ounce or two here and there trying to get the weight a little lower. For some things, though, I require comfort--especially in my...

In GEAR » making the transition, seeking help with gear
October 18, 11:09pm

Mine is a Leatherman Micra, with pliers instead of scissors, 1.9 oz. I find I use the pliers more than anything else, mostly as a pot lifter but also for times when straps get pulled out of buckle...

In GEAR » What knife do you carry backpacking?
October 17, 8:30pm

Hi to all
I'm not too sure where to put this, because there seems to be no category for introductions. After a couple of years of lurking, I finally bit the bullet and subscribed. I'm afraid that I...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hi to all
October 17, 8:00pm

Wind River Clothing
Your clothing sounds very comparable to what I took to the Wind Rivers last August. I was on the "back side" of the Cirque of the Towers (Shadow Lake). It was about as close to heaven a...

In Gear Lists » Newbie List - Clothing for the Wind Mountains
October 17, 6:43pm

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