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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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Spinach Bacon 2 Cheese Taters
Spinach Bacon Two Cheese Mashed Potatoes: In a quart freezer bag put: 3/4 cup instant mashed potatoes 2 Tbsp dry milk 1 Tbsp shelf stable bacon or bacon bits 1 Tbsp shelf stable Parmes...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Spinach Bacon 2 Cheese Taters
October 16, 1:41pm

Check the fabric/craft stores
Or if your Wallie World has a fabric/craft section check there. I see them up here, Ben. ...of course I also am at the fabric stores often ;-)

In GEAR » Help Me Find Large Tea Light Candles
October 16, 11:13am

Forgot to add
This isn't scientific but I have noticed over the past couple years: Don't wear a down or similar jacket to bed. If you need the extra insulation, drape it over you, under your sleeping ba...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why was I cold?
October 16, 7:44am

I am a very cold sleeper
For any time but dead summer: If I don't bring my under layer of wool blend long johns I just never warm up at night. That layer makes me warm all over. Hat. Long sleeve shirt on. I carry...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why was I cold?
October 16, 7:43am

Re: Re: Or rather
I know! I was looking forward to testing the flammability of my tent by chain smoking in it and then eating a platter of smoked salmon, caviar and French cheeses in it to test whether bears would b...

In GEAR » Is there any benefit to non-stick titanium cookware and is there any danger?
October 15, 7:58pm

Re: Suggestions Requested for Trip Presentation
Make sure your handout has good contact links on them (name, email, website, etc). That way you can let people know about visiting your site for further info, photos, etc.

In Post-Trip Reports » Suggestions Requested for Trip Presentation
October 15, 7:54pm

Or rather
Use your gear for what it was designed for. Teflon is safe if you use the items for what they are created for. Huffing Teflon fumes off of a jacked up stove in a sealed tent isn't one of th...

In GEAR » Is there any benefit to non-stick titanium cookware and is there any danger?
October 15, 3:32pm

I made up batch your original way. What I noticed is that in the time it took for me to lay out the plastic wrap, the stuff started setting up! (I was using flour). I have them in the frig right no...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » No cook Nutella brownies !
October 15, 1:26pm

Re: Re: Travel Light-Eat Heavy
Patrick, As far as we can tell he is not having the book printed anymore, and his website has been gone for the past year or so. So unless you can find a used copy, no luck. If you would like, ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Travel Light-Eat Heavy
October 13, 6:45pm

Single Use
Single use sunscreen? You can get that at Minimus btw!

In GEAR » Missing hiker wouldn't drink untreated water
October 09, 10:59pm

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