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Mina Loomis (elmvine) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Central Texas
About Me I have been backpacking on and off in the western US since college in the early 1970's. Summer 1970 a bunch of us spent a week in the Three Sisters Wilderness in Oregon barefoot with blankets, book bags, and no proper gear at all. Now I coordinate youth backpacking for our Camp Fire council, and enjoy taking the kids to the mountains. I hope to take up more long distance walking after retirement.
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Bear safety, Colorado San Juan NF
We have a Camp Fire trip going out to the eastern part of Weminuche Wilderness in CO in the latter part of July. Eight people on the trip—5 teens and 3 adults. Plan is to be on the trail for 6 ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Bear safety, Colorado San Juan NF
June 06, 2:18pm

collarbone pain
My husband has this. His collar bones are fairly prominent, and no amount of adjustment seems to alleviate the discomfort longer than a couple of days on the trail. He's tried several differe...

In GEAR » Backpack Pain
June 04, 7:09pm

Mariposa Plus
Last summer on a Guadalupe Mts. trip I put 20 lbs. of water in a 2.5 gallon REI Water Sack (sadly no longer made) in my Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus. Heavy of course but only for the first day. Th...

In GEAR » 3 days pack for lot of water
May 30, 11:56am

cats, weight
Well, the cat that lives at our house is *not* an ultralight cat. She is definitely a traditional heavyweight cat. No way is she going in my pack. The Stratospire 2 looks interesting, but it...

In GEAR » New shelter pictures--Haven and Net Tent
May 24, 9:11pm

With coaching like this picture...
... I am surprised the whole backcountry isn't up in flames. This is a screen shot of a "tutorial" on the Backpacker Magazine web site. It isn't about an alcohol stove, it's...

In GEAR » Alcohol cookers...please be careful out there
May 22, 8:27am

OK, here it is. This isn't lightening our packs, so weight wasn't "front and center" for me. My scale is a Pelouze SP5, the little round gray postage scale. Haven in its ba...

In GEAR » New shelter pictures--Haven and Net Tent
May 22, 7:58am

My preferred strategy is just to toss the cat somewhere else. Mina

In GEAR » New shelter pictures--Haven and Net Tent
May 21, 5:52pm

Price, I guess. We were already feeling sticker shock. And familiarity? I am used to silnylon. Skittish about cuben, especially considering the price. (And, we also just sprung for 2 Bearikade...

In GEAR » New shelter pictures--Haven and Net Tent
May 21, 3:54pm

We just sprung for two--yes! two!--Bearikade Weekenders (good for about 6 days per person with careful food selection and packing). Why not Bear Vaults? (After all, I can get employee pricing on ...

In GEAR » Bear Canisters
May 21, 3:11pm

New shelter pictures--Haven and Net Tent
So, for several years now Robert and I have been taking the Integral Designs 8 x 10 flat tarp (no bivies) as our all-around shelter. Then last summer in the Sierras we ran into such a swarm of mos...

In GEAR » New shelter pictures--Haven and Net Tent
May 21, 3:00pm

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