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Piper S. (sbhikes) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
About Me I hiked 3000 miles of the PCT over 2008 and 2009, about half the trail each time. I now hike in the backcountry of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. I'm a Trail Ambassador for Gossamer Gear.
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StateCA
CountryUSA
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Storing dehydrated food in the freezer
I have put a bunch of my dehydrated stuff in the freezer. However, I am now concerned that when I take it from the freezer to use, moisture will condense all over it and ruin it. Am I right to be c...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Storing dehydrated food in the freezer
November 25, 12:19pm

The one that blows my mind
One that I have heard of several times now but never seen myself, one that blows my mind, is people bringing from home all the water they will need for the entire trip.

In Philosophy & Technique » PROFESSOR HIKE: TOP 10 BEGINNER HIKER BLUNDERS
November 25, 12:15pm

Foxtail-proofing minimalistic footwear
I have been trying to figure out a good solution to the problem of trails overgrown with foxtails combined with multiple creek crossings. I prefer to wear somewhat minimal footwear when I hike. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Foxtail-proofing minimalistic footwear
November 25, 12:08pm

Re: Getting warm, staying warm, & vice versa
I got a bee sting on my neck once and put an ice pack on my neck and got brain freeze pretty bad. I do carry fleece sleeves rather than a fleece vest. Wearing them on arms or legs does add signi...

In Philosophy & Technique » Getting warm, staying warm, & vice versa
November 25, 11:54am

Re: Thanks! Please send more!
My partner has been rescued numerous times in Santa Barbara county and down in San Bernardino County (near San Jacinto). These rescues have involved helicopters and one just involved a fire rescue ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How much do rescues cost?
November 25, 11:45am

Re: Winter backpacking: Hike nights, sleep days?
I kinda like the excuse to get all caught up on sleep and then some. But it does get old waking up at 3am and wondering how you will survive the boredom until morning. Perhaps if you have enough mi...

In Philosophy & Technique » Winter backpacking: Hike nights, sleep days?
November 21, 10:00am

Re: Re: trip rain
I'm a fair-weather hiker. But if it starts to rain and I'm already out, I usually enjoy it and wonder why I don't go out in the rain more often. Most people are soft because they thi...

In Philosophy & Technique » Are We Going Soft? Asks the BMC's Carey Davies
November 21, 9:53am

Re: "Sharing (Or Not) Locations and Logistics on the Web."
In general, in my area, even if something is well-publicized you can be fairly certain beyond the 5-10 mile mark you will not see another person. Go out on an ordinary weekend, not a holiday, and y...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sharing (Or Not) Locations and Logistics on the Web.
November 21, 9:47am

Re: Feeling safe and secure
Wanting to become an avid backpacker is not the same thing as being one. Wanting to want something isn't the same thing as actually wanting it. I suggest that if you go with her again you at...

In Philosophy & Technique » helping girlfriend reduce weight - personal fears
November 20, 5:52pm

Re: Options for winter in the south west US (without snow)
Good hiking out here in the backcountry behind Santa Barbara, Ventura/Ojai. Get a map of the Sespe Wilderness (Ventura county) and/or the San Rafael Wilderness (Santa Barbara county).

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Options for winter in the south west US (without snow)
November 20, 3:31pm

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