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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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Oh, yes, practice will enable me to be more fuel efficient. I bought a new pot and the Ti-Tri Sidewinder, so it's a little different than using last year's set up. Once in a while I'l...

In GEAR » Trail Designs 12-10 stove question
July 23, 2:05pm

Another 12-10 stove question
I would like to find some light way to snuff a burning 12-10 stove. I haven't been able to think of a can that I could cut off and drop over a burning stove to be able to pour fuel back into m...

In GEAR » Trail Designs 12-10 stove question
July 23, 1:54pm

Hmmm, velcro, I do have some velcro around here with industrial strength adhesive, that could work. The only problem I can see to that is that when you get a new cannister, you then need a new pie...

In Philosophy & Technique » How you carry your bear spray
July 22, 3:54pm

How you carry your bear spray
I carry bear spray whenever I'm on a long trip, but I suspect it might not be as effective as it could be where I carry it--in a side pocket on my pack, with the loop poised for quick grab. I...

In Philosophy & Technique » How you carry your bear spray
July 22, 12:39pm

raining and thundershowers
I just want to say that usually this is the dry season in Washington. However, right now its cloudy and there are thunderstorms in the mountain areas. Also, cool misty conditions can be deceptive...

In GEAR » Rain gear for OR/WA on the PCT?
July 20, 7:32am

Storage for Sidewinder tent stakes
Hi, I've recently purchased a Caldera Keg Sidewinder set-up. Liking it a lot, except compared to the regular Caldera set-up, I find the tent stakes an annoying thing to have to carry. I can ge...

In GEAR » Storage for Sidewinder tent stakes
July 17, 11:57am

Teeny shock cord with hooks
Ben, where did you find hooks that would attach to tiny shock cord? I've been looking for some, and haven't been able to find anything that works with smaller than 1/4" diameter.

In GEAR » pillow slips...has anyone velcroed the pillow to the pad?
July 14, 5:04pm

EE Revelation X quilt
I ordered the 30 degree quilt with 20% overfill. Just took it out this week-end, temps were not extreme so I haven't really tested it out, but it's common for me to sleep in a puffy and do...

In GEAR » EE Revelation X 20* quilt - 30% overfill necessary?
July 03, 8:11pm

I found the Zem to pinch/rub on my toes, and to be a bit slidey. I have changed to Sockwas, and found them to be much more comfortable and sturdy than the Zems, and to weigh about the same or less.

In GEAR » Since it has been a while, back to a familiar topic: UL camp shoes
June 27, 1:41pm

lightweight compass
For my navigation class, I was forced to purchase a bulky full-featured compass. I find I like the mirror, it does make readings easier, but it would be nice to have a compass that takes up much l...

In GEAR » Map & compass
June 16, 10:04pm

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