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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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Getting wet
Well, for the down, I tend to use it only in camp settings. He hikes in a soft shell or his hard shell (depending on weather and rain). His down jacket did come with a DWR finish.

In GEAR » Synthetic Mid Layer for Kids
May 15, 7:35pm

FBC Mac & Cheese
My son loves boxed Mac & Cheese, and truth be told, so did I when I was younger. The one thing that kept me from eating it the past couple years was how unhealthy most brands are (ie. food dyes...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » FBC Mac & Cheese
May 15, 5:48pm

Re: Simblissity Wallet - I'm in the UK and need some help!
Chris, I see Ben beat me to it, but if you ever need anything done, just drop me an email. I don't buy the whole slow mail-mail disappearing thing. It seems to be about 5 days from the West Coa...

In GEAR » Simblissity Wallet - I'm in the UK and need some help!
May 14, 4:54pm

Re: Repackaging prepackaged freeze dried meals?
You have about 2-3 week window once you open them up. Keep them tightly sealed in Ziploc bags. If you have extra desiccant bags (like the one that comes in every freezedried meal) use them in each ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Repackaging prepackaged freeze dried meals?
May 14, 4:50pm

Re: trail days
You should ;-) So, trip reports anyone? Someday I will get out East for it!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » trail days 07
May 14, 8:14am

Re: Synthetic Mid Layer for Kids
My son is 9, and I bought him his Lands End down jacket big, two years ago. Still wearing it, and I paid like $15 for it! So yes, watch the clearance section of places like LE and LLBean for sale...

In GEAR » Synthetic Mid Layer for Kids
May 14, 8:12am

Re: Freeze dried strawberries cheap
Yep! I buy 6 tubs at a time :-D Love them! The Chili Mangoes are so good as well!

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Freeze dried strawberries cheap
May 14, 8:10am

Re: Toxicity factor of freezer bags??
Lee, I wrote a blog entry on this awhile back, with lots of links and information: Freezer bags do not contain Dioxin and are ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Toxicity factor of freezer bags??
May 12, 4:06pm

Re: Re: Looking for another Ghost
Thanks ;-) Woo-hoo! I can officially retire Old Blue after tomorrow. It will be her last trip. I had one side of the hoop blow last fall, all the way thru the fabric. It is "repaired" wi...

In Gear Swap » Looking for another Ghost
May 11, 1:45pm

Looking for another Ghost
I currently own one 2001 model Ghost, which is pretty much near the end of it's life. I also own a new Seraph (the ladies version) which was to replace it, but my son is going to be using it t...

In Gear Swap » Looking for another Ghost
May 11, 1:05pm

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