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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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Re: Re: Sarah's Tater Tuesday
Yes, hamburger gravel works perfectly :-) The "Beef" TVP looks just like as well. Same size, etc. have a good point. I will start measuring out the finished meals :-) The ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Did I miss Tater Tuesday?
January 16, 4:07pm

No worries....
Just don't get an addiction to snorting instant mashed potatoes and you should be good ;-) "I would hope that my impact will continue on the same trajectory it's been on (that is, u...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Skurka looking for expedition ideas
January 16, 2:36pm

Re: Sarah's Tater Tuesday
I did get it up - just not here ;-) My excuse is my dental appts are killing me! I am getting braces on in less than a week so it has been visit after visit getting everything done. So yeah, exp...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Did I miss Tater Tuesday?
January 16, 2:27pm

If you are referring to the PNW - that would be and

In On the Web » What are your favorite trail info forums in the Northeast and Northwest?
January 16, 12:28pm

Re: Espresso
Hey, it is blinding bright outside right now :-P (Of course it is also a sheet of ice.....) Just because I was a pusher, er, Barista, for nearly 9 years means I heart my coffee. Honestly? On o...

In GEAR » 1/2 oz coffee gizmo at REI
January 15, 1:08pm

Just hike faster
And you can be to the drive through espresso shack before you know it :-D Oh, you mean the rest of the country doesn't have espresso huts all the way up the mountain passes on the state high...

In GEAR » 1/2 oz coffee gizmo at REI
January 15, 10:57am

Re: Re: Who has the fruitcake this year?
We ate ours :-D Yum!!!! Husband's Grandma makes it in mini cupcake pans and ships us a tin every year. Woo-woo!

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Who has the fruitcake this year?
January 13, 10:08pm

Maybe see
If any locals would give you a ride from Kalispell? (I have done this for people coming to Rainier before). Btw, the train drops right off outside the park entrance. Just a thought.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Brainstorming and trip planning assistance for a trip to Glacier National Park
January 11, 12:01pm

The REI one
I have held the REI version and it is a well made spoon - if you need a metal one. Weight wise for metal that isn't bad. 1/2 an ounce is pretty fair for its level of construction.

In Gear Swap » WTB: BPL Long Handled Titanium Spoon
January 11, 8:36am

Re: everclear
It is a liquor that college kids love. It has minimal flavor as well, so works great poured into things like Kool Aid and fruit. And yes, it will get you drunk very fast. Hence, why so popular ;-)

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Alcohol fuel resupply
January 09, 10:57am

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