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Sarah Kirkconnell (sarbar) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
About Me Love to hike, backpack, snowshoe, cook and 4 wheel. If it is outdoors, I am happy! Love hiking most, preferably with a light pack and a sunny alpine meadow ahead of me.
My husband and I run / and our frequently updated blog at as well as my personal blog
We are the authors of 3 outdoor cookbooks and the people behind FBC.
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All Forum Posts by Sarah Kirkconnell

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All the same ;-) It is GSI's blend of hard anodized aluminum. My feeling is that some retailers don't have a clue what Halulite is and that they should promote it! Also, many retailers have...

In GEAR » Kitchen
January 01, 9:00am

Re: Kitchen
Currently I am carrying a Halulite kettle by GSI and a Primus canister stove. At other times I carry a White Box Stove. I also carry a GSI Hydrate long handled spoon, MSR ti cup, freezer bag cozy,...

In GEAR » Kitchen
December 31, 10:07pm

Re: Personality profile of a light weight backpacker?
Sex: Female Age: 34 Marital Status: Married w/one child Race: White/Filipino Occupation: Self Employed. Location: Western Washington State, near Mt. Rainier. Hobbies/Interest: Bac...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What is the personality profile of a light weight backpacker?
December 29, 9:05am

Re: Weight
You'd be surprised how those who are bigger in weight and height are often very nimble. Especially those who do stuff in the outdoors. There often are people who are intimidated by my husband&#...

In GEAR » A warning on REI Carbon Poles
December 24, 5:46pm

Re: Hmmmm..
Eric, it wasn't that. We were standing on fresh light powder (in fact the powder was SO light and fluffy even in snow shoes we were postholing to crotch deep at points). The pole had no real...

In GEAR » A warning on REI Carbon Poles
December 24, 5:43pm

Re: Name Calling(!)
"Santa" already gave me my gift :-D So I can be naughty! Hehheh!!

In GEAR » A warning on REI Carbon Poles
December 23, 10:10pm

Re: Weight
HD isn't heavy by any means. For an old codger he is in great shape. Now if he had broken them after he ate the "heart attack hamburger platter" he had after our trip then I might won...

In GEAR » A warning on REI Carbon Poles
December 23, 8:53pm

That is why I have Ti poles
I will say that I am glad I have Ti poles - HD's carbon poles do weigh less, but..... And they are prettier too ;-) Girlie baby blue with purty flowers (Don't think HD wants that!)

In GEAR » A warning on REI Carbon Poles
December 23, 9:01am


In GEAR » A warning on REI Carbon Poles
December 22, 10:56pm

Re: I quite agree
If you can find locally a "winter skills" class take it, especially if it specializes in travel on snowshoes. It should cover avy safety as well. It should be hands on with time spent in ...

In Winter Hiking » Snow shovels and Northern lites questions
December 22, 4:09pm

All Reader Reviews by Sarah Kirkconnell

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Maruchan Ramen
I use the noodles as a base. If you use them as "instant pasta" you will have fast and easy meals. I take the ramen block and 1/4 cup of freeze dried vegetables, then cover with boiling wate...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
September 08, 8:56am

Guyot Designs Firefly
I picked up a Firefly a couple weeks ago on a whim. I figured it would be a fun toy, and maybe make the one Lexan bottle I carry a bit more multi purpose. I tried it out recently. (it was used on a s...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 18, 10:16pm

Luna Bars Sunrise
As noted, I am not a fan normally of "energy bars". But, Sunrise Luna Bars are very, very good! Aimed at women, and designed for breakfast, they are good anytime of the day. They are ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
March 10, 11:25pm

Jocalat bars (by Larabar) Chocolate
Recently I was sent an entire box of Larabars from the company, with every flavor in it. It had in it all the JOCALAT bars also. I love Larabars already, and the JOCALAT ones? Even more. The coffee fl...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
March 07, 4:59pm

Garmin Foretrex 201
My husband bought me one for this years Christmas. I wondered how much I would like or hate it. After having around a month to play with it, I can say I love it! It took me awhile to figure out...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
January 20, 9:02am

Laura's Wholesome Junk Food All Flavors
I found at a local organic grocery in my town, and fell in love with them. They come in 7 ounce tubs, with a long shelf life. They can be easily repackaged ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
January 09, 10:46pm

Fantastic Foods Instant Black and Brown Beans
I have been using FF's instant beans for at least 10 years now. A box stretches out and makes a couple meals on the trail. For use in burritos, bean dips and soups/chowders they are great. The ...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 07, 10:10pm

Just Tomatoes Just Veggies
You can find the Just Tomato line at most REI's, in natural food stores and online, thru their website, My favorite product by them is their Just Veggies blend. It comes i...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 07, 10:04pm

Kelty Illusion, Women's
I bought my Illusion when it came out, in 2004. For the most part, it is my winter and hauler pack when I need space. The pack is 3500 ci, and weighs in at the advertised weight of 3 lbs 6 ounces....

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
January 07, 9:00pm

Mountain Safety Research (MSR)
MSR's customer service, along with their parent company, Cascade Designs, has fantastic customer service. They warrantied a Sweetwater filter that started blowing water out of the side (the one th...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 13, 10:42pm