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Diane Pinkers (dipink) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Western Washington
About Me I started backpacking again in 2008, after a long hiatus---I haven't been since I was a kid. Loving learning about a different way to hike---backpacking was no fun when I was a teen-ager, stuff was too heavy! Completed my dream of hiking the Wonderland Trail in 2010, now onto more hikes in the Cascades and Olympics.

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Using Internet for trip planning.
I've been messing around trying to plan a day hike next week-end towards Mt St. Helens, and I'm trying to get current info on what to expect in terms of snow. Trail reports are several wee...

In Philosophy & Technique » Using Internet for trip planning.
June 03, 11:01am

Crystalline worn while snowshoeing
I have this jacket, and used it several times this past winter while snowshoeing. It worked very well for me, quite wind proof, and wasn't a terrible sweatbox either. We were snowshoeing in r...

In GEAR » Marmot Crystalline / Mica as 4-season shell?
May 31, 4:42pm

water purification and cooking
Many good suggestions already, I'll just add: the Miniworks is a very heavy filter, you could save some weight using the Sweetwater microfilter, or possibly the Hyperflow microfilter--if you ha...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New to forum, new to packing light
May 30, 3:18pm

Thanks, Tim! I use a front-loading pack, so a pack liner is not convenient, and I carry everything in stuff sacks for protection here in the rainy PNW. I don't compress my bag to the max, but...

In GEAR » Longterm durability of Enlightened Equipment Revelation X quilt?
May 13, 11:47am

compressing the down
Could someone who has one of these quilts comment on compressing them into a stuff sack? I forgot to ask Tim when I ordered my quilt if anything about the Karo Step Baffles, and the fact you can m...

In GEAR » Longterm durability of Enlightened Equipment Revelation X quilt?
May 13, 10:41am

salami on the trail without nitrites/trates
I was wondering, does anyone know how long salami would be stable on the trail if it does not have nitrites or nitrates in it? I prefer to have no preservatives in my meat, but that's the whol...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » salami on the trail without nitrites/trates
May 13, 8:07am

exped pillow repair
Does anyone who carries the Exped air pillow bother with the repair patches and glue? Reading the directions made the pillow sound rather delicate.

In GEAR » exped pillow repair
April 30, 9:20pm

Dried Sweet potatoes
Emergency Essentials has cubed/dried sweet potatoes available, in 4 ounce and # 10 tins. I have tried them for a "breakfast" treat with chicken and maple sugar with cinnamon, didn't ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ketogenic diet as a way to lighten pack?
April 02, 6:13pm

microfleece full zip
I went through this a year or two ago, trying to find a jacket for my boyfriend. The nearest I could find is a Mountain Hardware Microfleece jacket, for 11-12 ounces, depending on which site you r...

In GEAR » looking for a full zip <=100wt micro fleece jacket
March 21, 7:30pm

Nope, don't know what that is. So are you saying that you can just use regular cake mix and add water, no milk or egg powder addition necessary?

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » mug cakes on the trail
March 18, 9:37pm

All Reader Reviews by Diane Pinkers

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Montbell Outpace Parka
The Outpace Parka is a decent jacket, but it has some design details that could be better. It sheds rain really well. It is pretty light and packable. Its breathability seems to be fairly good, alth...

In Clothing - Raingear
January 19, 11:54am