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Mary D (hikinggranny) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me Sorry, folks, I'm outta here. Too little useful content, especially the articles (I haven't flt the need to read one in over a year). And too much commercialism. The boasting about the number of hits on the home page to lure advertisers was the last straw. Sorry that I had to "hit" to change my profile.

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Tour of the Wind River Range
You might want to read Nancy Pallister's excellent book, "Beyond Trails in the Wind River Mountains." She describes a number of long loops you can take. If you have sufficient skill...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tour of the Wind River Range
December 11, 5:14pm

My Gear List: Advice?
The pad makes a LOT of difference. The time it got down to 18*F with my Western Mountaineering Ultralite (20*F) on an early NeoAir, I was sweating on top and shivering violently underneath. When ...

In Gear Lists » My Gear List: Advice?
December 11, 4:56pm

Winter Comfort Food
I don't know why fruit cake isn't promoted more as a hiking food. It's extremely nourishing, especially if you leave out the commercial candied fruit with its dyes and high fructose co...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Winter Comfort Food
December 11, 4:02pm

FS: Gossamer Gear "The One
Considering how many people have posted on Gear Swap looking for The One, you shouldn't have any trouble selling it! If you don't get a taker, just page through Gear Swap for the past 6 mo...

In Gear Swap » FS: Gossamer Gear "The One"
December 10, 5:18pm

Do kids need more insulation
Definitely take an extra layer, not only because he may need more warmth, but because there is such a magnetic attraction between young children and water or mud! Chances are excellent the kid wil...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Do kids need more insulation than adults in cold weather?
December 08, 6:37pm

That's why I also suggested he ask around at his church and consider forming a group there. While I've never questioned the value systems or religion of fellow hikers, I've never met...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » LOOKING TO FORM A NETWORK OF WEST MICHIGAN HIKERS
December 06, 2:28pm

Nelson Mandela, RIP
The world lost one of its giants today.

In Chaff » Nelson Mandela, RIP
December 05, 4:05pm

Cooking Efficiency: Leave the lid at home, bring oil"
I like olive oil, but definitely not in my tea, thanks!

In Philosophy & Technique » Cooking Efficiency: Leave the lid at home, bring oil
December 05, 2:44pm

I already mentioned on the "other" lightweight backpacking forum, where the OP made an identical post, that there is an active meetup group in nearby Grand Rapids, which I found on a curs...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » LOOKING TO FORM A NETWORK OF WEST MICHIGAN HIKERS
December 04, 10:14pm

Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 2
Jerry wrote: "Better to measure temperature of water after heating and calculate temperature changeā€¦" I agree! The boiling point of water differs considerably between 7,000 feet el...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 2: Considering Fuel Needs for Cold Temperatures
December 04, 11:49am

All Reader Reviews by Mary D

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Thermarest Neo-Air
I purchased a short NeoAir in late May of 2009 from REI (using the 20% off coupon, which made it a less exorbitant purchase). The prospect of an air mat that was considerably lighter than my POE Insu...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
June 10, 3:22pm

Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
So far I have found several uses for the 1/8" GG Thinlight pad: (1) Dog sleeping pad (cut to 36" long). It's just right for my 80-lb. dog who sleeps curled up in a ball. He's ...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
April 18, 6:49pm

Potable Aqua Iodine Drinking Water Germicidal Tablets
I used these back in the mid-1980's to disinfect drinking water (that's about all that was available then other than filters or boiling). After one month, using them only on weekends, I broke...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
April 07, 6:44pm

Big Agnes Pumphouse Multi-Use Dry Sack and Pad Pump
I purchased a Big Agnes Pumphouse soon after they came on the market in the summer of 2007. It is advertised on the BA web site as a "...pad pump, dry sack, stuff sack, pillow, water carrier, ba...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 18, 2:54pm

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack
In the past, I've read in a number of places (including Jim Wood's excellent article on "Keeping Your Critical Gear Dry") that these sacks have failed the submersion test. This prob...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 18, 2:07pm

Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
My POE Insulmat Max Thermo (now the Ether Thermo, but I got the old model on closeout) just finished its second backpacking season. I'm in my early 70's so these old bones and joints ain...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 17, 5:34pm

Big Agnes Clearview
I know that this pad is supposedly the same thickness as my POE InsulMat Max Thermo (now the Ether Thermo). However, it has more tubes, which seem to make it effectively thinner. The Clearview has t...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 17, 5:01pm

SteriPen Adventurer
My big complaint with the Steripen Adventurer is that I could not work the switch! It's fine for those with big strong hands (the kind who regularly open jars for their SO), but not for me (I can...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
October 17, 1:52pm

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo
I bought a Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo (e) in June of 2007 and used it through two backpacking seasons. First of all, I need to point out that my Labrador retriever backpacks with me (he's part...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
October 17, 1:28pm
I am a relatively recent convert to lightweight backpacking (I didn't know all this wonderful stuff existed--you'd never know it from a trip through REI or by reading Backpacker) and this is m...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 17, 12:38pm