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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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If you do use them good company! I couldn't remember the name of her company.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Need advice -- WA Olympic coast in October
August 22, 9:27am

Re: Methinks
Papa Bear has the old blue one :-D Though he someday needs a LT! His torso is 18" I think.....

In Gear Lists » Just a photo...
August 22, 9:25am

Just a photo...
Mine and Ford's matching Mom & Son packs :-) A bit heavier than I like for a trip (I am at 26 lbs, Ford is 13-fully loaded) But this is a trip of eating good and sleeping comfy. Hopeful...

In Gear Lists » Just a photo...
August 21, 5:28pm

I use a fabric called 'Insul Bright' in the cozies I sew for our website. You can find Insul Bright at places such as Jo Ann Fabric. It is made here in Washington State as well. The fabr...

In Make Your Own Gear » Best Cozy material?
August 21, 3:48pm

Use Tax
Some states tell you have to pay "Use Tax" on items that you don't pay sales tax on. Washington State does this.....but lets also put it this way: unless you are a business owner and ...

In Gear Deals » 20% off $100 @
August 21, 9:27am

Might have a couple soon....
Hey David.....I am working on it. Bugging my friend Dicentra for ideas and feedback. I have a good one not on the website that has garbonzo beans in it. It is pretty good! Btw, I tried to email ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » couscous for dinner
August 18, 5:22pm

Boots and stuff
I have hiked in boots on the coast always, but that is becuase the rocks tire my feet out. Vibram soles can be slick on boardwalk but I liked the security in off season. Bring extra socks no mat...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Need advice -- WA Olympic coast in October
August 17, 8:17pm

Ah the joy of wet, slimey and cold.....
This past February we did our yearly annual trip out to Ozette. Only this year we had a gale force storm come in as we were hiking out there. It was so bad we turned tail and ran like the devil was...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Need advice -- WA Olympic coast in October
August 16, 8:26pm

I pretty much agree with Ryan
Ok, I know I have it good first off. My husband supports me both financially and emotionally-he encouraged me to go after what I wanted. I know I couldn't be doing what I am doing if I didn&...

In Chaff » What career allows for time to hike? Help!
August 16, 8:11pm

The shuttle and other stuff
The shuttle company that runs over there is great, the lady is very nice. You will need a bear canister, but you can rent one if you don't have one from ONP. As for the Hoh, it is always a gr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Need advice -- WA Olympic coast in October
August 15, 9:36am

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