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Linda Vassallo (eastbayhiker) - BPL Guest

My Locale Eastbay
About Me Returned eight years ago to backpacking after a 35 year hiatus. That first loaded pack weighed 30 lbs (total) and that was my day pack!. After several years of tweeking my pack load I have been able to reduce the weight that I carry. My base weight is now 8-10 lbs depending on the type of trip
CitySan Ramon
StateCA
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Re: Dual use
Keith, Consider purchasing a disposable poncho, they run about $2.00. Easy to throw on when nature calls. They weigh about 1oz and will compress down small after use. Coglan's rain pon...

In GEAR » Gatewood Cape Setup
November 07, 11:57am

Re: More California bear canister packing woes...
Hi Alexander, I see you are also considering a ZPack as one of your choices. At 3200ci it is big enough for my summer hiking needs. I used the Blast 3200 this summer to carry my gear for a 1 we...

In GEAR » More California bear canister packing woes...
November 07, 11:45am

Re: Cape
I was saving this story for another post but here goes. The Gatewood Cape and ZPack saved me from what would have been a very wet, cold, miserable night at Mt Whitney. My hiking companions (T...

In GEAR » Gatewood Cape Setup
November 03, 7:43pm

Re: How low temp can you take NeoAir with GG 3/8 in. CCF Thinlight pad?
I hiked the High Sierra's this past August. It was windy with nightime temps dipping as low as 25 degrees. It snowed one day. Our campsites were all around 10,000 ft. I slept warm with ...

In GEAR » How low temp can you take NeoAir with GG 3/8 in. CCF Thinlight pad?
November 03, 5:07pm

Re: Gatewood Cape Setup
Hi Thomas, I received my Gatewood Cape this past summer and used it for two trips. I tried several methods of set-up before deciding on my current method. In the beginning it seemed either the ba...

In GEAR » Gatewood Cape Setup
November 03, 4:33pm

Whitney
Cameron, Beautiful B&W photos. They do Whitney justice. Thanks for posting. The trip was great, storm and all. Great hiking with you and Tony. LV

In Photo Gallery » Whitney
September 19, 12:56pm

Sierra UL Creatures
This Ptarmigan was seen on Donohue Pass. A moth on Ranger Buttons

In Photo Gallery » UL Creatures
August 26, 4:59pm

RE: Waterproof Packs
Cuben Fiber ZPacks are waterproof. At Mt Whitney last weekend I awoke one night to discover my camp surrounded by/in water and my pack sitting in a puddle of rain. No water penetrated the pack an...

In GEAR » Waterproof Backpacks
August 26, 4:28pm

Mt D Hike Start Time
Hi Jay, I can start anytime. Earlier is good, to beat the heat. Will be there whichever time is set. Looking forward to it. LV

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Bay Area Members: Hike to Mt. Diablo
May 14, 6:57pm

UL Flora

In Photo Gallery » UL Flora
April 29, 9:24pm

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