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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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Re: Service to ourselves
I give money to WTA here in Washington, who in turn use that money to maintain a number of the trails. I don't do trail maintenance on my own besides moving branches off the trail-I don't h...

In Philosophy & Technique » Service to ourselves
July 19, 9:21am

Re: Bugs and Night
Definitely stop by NWHikers! Lots and lots of good advice for the area. Depending on what area you decide to visit you might be able to do dispersed camping on the road. For instance, up near Bak...

In Gear Deals » Gear Stores in Seattle and Portland
July 19, 8:45am

Re: eating well
Mike, I love that article, when it went up originally, I loved the drawings! I'd say our only difference in cooking styles is my use of bags versus inpot cooking :-)

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Eating Good
July 19, 8:40am

I got everything inside my Seraph! (Ok, I was shocked!) It is much smaller than my old Ghost. But, yay, I did it! AlL i have outside is my sit pad on the bottom straps, and my Croc shoes on the bac...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Eating Good
July 19, 8:37am

Ok, that I have to do! I love Nutella. There is also another brand I get at an Asian shop from the Netherlands, Penotti "Duo Penotti" that is a striped delight of white and brown. Now, th...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Eating Good
July 18, 10:46pm

Re: Pasta?
Heather, all the pasta is ready to go, add H20 :-) I cook up and dry a couple lbs every month usually. I am actually being bad and taking my Primus canister stove, since I want to use my Fauxba...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Eating Good
July 18, 3:40pm

One thing to consider is many areas is that freezer bags are recyclable (if rinsed out!). So are many storage bags for food/gear storage. Even if one tosses it at the end, there is more thoughts...

In GEAR » durability of O.P. Saks?
July 18, 11:51am

Re: Re: Re: Dessert
I definitely would NOT use it near flame. As a cozy for once it came off the stove? Sure!

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dessert
July 18, 8:09am

Re: Shoes for the Cascades
Something to think about....if you do go with heavier boots for the summits, you might still want to bring the lighter shoes for the long hikes in.

In GEAR » Shoes for the Cascades
July 17, 8:15pm

Re: Grammar police. Put your typing hands on the wall...
Ok, are right ;-) It is pretty high in protein, a lot of pasta, beans, etc. It isn't a long trip, 4 days on the PCT. Can't wait though! I need to run the calories, but fro...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Eating Good
July 17, 7:11pm

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