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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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Re: WTB - Travel Light, Eat Heavy
While there are no copies on Amazon right now, you could put yourself on the list for a copy (you get notified if one is listed). Might help if you cannot find a copy through someone here. http://...

In Gear Swap » WTB - Travel Light, Eat Heavy
September 11, 1:58pm

Alfredo Mashed Potatoes
I had this recipe for lunch today and it was good. Really, really good! Alfredo Mashed Potatoes: In a quart freezer bag put: 3/4 cup instant mashed potatoes 2 Tbsp instant milk 1 Tbsp Si...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Alfredo Mashed Potatoes
September 11, 1:55pm

Re: Inflating pads for big guys
Keep looking! There are 25" T-Rests out there :-) My husband has two of them-he is also 6'4" and very broad shouldered.

In GEAR » Inflating pads for big guys
September 11, 9:26am

Re: Rules of Children
Lol.... I am sooo glad I have a boy ;-) Who hikes like an adult :-D But seriously, it is awesome to have them with you. I'll just add mine: Sleeping pad for each of you? Hah. How about 1 1/...

In Philosophy & Technique » Rules of Children
September 09, 10:56pm

Re: It's called
Andrew....just coming from experience.....don't hike in sandals, unless you wear socks underneath. The dirt/sand/tiny rocks that get under the straps will rip your feet open badly. Also, walkin...

In GEAR » Camp shoes?
September 09, 3:17pm

Re: Rice on the trail
I'd agree...when I wrote my first book it had a lot of rice recipes-but as time has gone by I have gone to eating quite a bit of pasta on the trail. I use the Barilla pasta and also whole wheat...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Travel Light-Eat Heavy
September 09, 3:11pm

Re: ATTENTION manufacturers:
"We all need a durable but very light camp shoe. Go-Lite do you hear us? Make us a tough-soled but very light camp shoe that might double for river crossings.(PLEASE?) You make and they ...

In GEAR » Camp shoes?
September 07, 6:24pm

Re: Sarah, thank you!
Dirk what area do you live in of the PNW? All one has to do is go visit the Olympic Peninsula or down south in WA to see poverty :-( When I lived on the Island up north, I willingly lived near the ...

In Chaff » Online resources
September 07, 11:04am

I don't mind shipping items like that, as they are small. I can bet if you live in NZ it isn't so easy finding it!

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Uncooked Oatmeal
September 07, 10:58am

Re: Bake Packer - Crispy goods?
The major drawback to the Bake Packer is you don't get browned items-but and a big but!, the stuff is moist and tender, not soggy :-) Also there is the matter of NO cleanup! (Since everything i...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Outback Oven - Thumbs up?
September 06, 2:01pm

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