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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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2013 Staff Picks
If mountain biking and packrafting are the new direction of BPL, that's fine, but that means I'll be here less and less! Actually, that's already true--even in the forum, I now skip t...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2013 Staff Picks
December 26, 7:30pm

2013 Staff Picks
I'm not looking for new gear at this point so have only a theoretical interest here. However, i agree that very few of these items are backpacking-related. As for shoes, since shoe fit is so...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2013 Staff Picks
December 26, 3:28pm

REI Flash 45 and a Bear Can
Take the pack into REI and try it out with the bear cans there. Or make a cardboard mockup of your desired bear can (hopefully you haven't yet recycled all your Christmas cardboard), using t...

In GEAR » REI Flash 45 and a Bear Can
December 26, 3:17pm

Shower Testing Waterproof Gear
I've experienced plenty of cloudbursts that approximate a shower. However, it depends on the shower. Some of those water-saving ones only approximate a light drizzle. I hate those because I ...

In GEAR » Shower Testing Waterproof Gear
December 19, 7:28pm

Santa's list
Don't forget the trail maintenance volunteers! In many places, there would be no trails left without them!

In Philosophy & Technique » Santa's list
December 19, 3:11pm

Need your Backpacking advice - Portland, Oregon
You could also consider the wilderness coast of the Olympic Peninsula, although of course you'd fly into Seattle for that one. Look up Olympic National Park on the nps.gov site--they have exce...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Need your Backpacking advice - Portland, Oregon
December 19, 3:07pm

Backpacking advice - Portland, Oregon
www.portlandhikers.org However, April is far too early for the PCT. Think July! You're going to be very limited to low altitude trips in April.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Need your Backpacking advice - Portland, Oregon
December 16, 7:02pm

Advice- pack for both travel and backpacking
IMHO, a truly light weight backpacking pack will probably not stand up to what airline baggage handlers do to it. Ever watch them in action? I have--including several pieces of luggage descending...

In GEAR » Advice- pack for both travel and backpacking
December 13, 11:20pm

Avoid losing your tent stakes by permanently attaching your guy lines
Fluorescent orange paint on the stakes helps you find them. Titanium gray is basically invisible on tare ground, much less in vegetation. Of course if you do it yourself, you need to repaint the s...

In GEAR » Avoid losing your tent stakes by permanently attaching your guy lines to them...
December 12, 2:17pm

Changing the Needle? Frequently!
From the bible for sewers of Civil War re-enactment duds, Elizabeth Stewart Clark's "The Dressmaker's Guide", p. 125: "The number one mistake sewists make when using a mac...

In Make Your Own Gear » New needle - how frequently?
December 12, 2:07pm

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