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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: Re: Re: help sewing
If you haven't, due to it's age, I would suggest opening it up, cleaning it with a machine brush (they are small) and doing an oil job with machine oil. I wouldn't suggest using the lon...

In Make Your Own Gear » help sewing
July 10, 10:56am

Re: Dehydrating rice problems
How often are you breaking up the rice when drying? Another thought is how you are cooking the rice beforehand? Do the grains look separate when cooked? Or are they more mushed together? One idea...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dehydrating rice problems
July 10, 10:42am

Re: Reducing One's First Aid Kit
I'd hedge that I am one of the few that carries such an intensive kit with me. I cut my weight elsewhere. On long trips I often use much of my 1st aid kit up (I carry a lot of blister care). 1/...

In Philosophy & Technique » Reducing One's First Aid Kit
July 07, 10:54pm

Re: Youth
I started taking my son in the outdoors as soon as winter was over his first year (he was 6 months old). He has been backpacking with me since he was 5 or so. On average the boy sees 10 or so backp...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why So Few of Us Hike???
July 07, 10:50pm

Here in the Northwest
There is NO lack of dayhikers ;-) And that is ok with me. They enjoy the views and trails...and help make sure everything stays open for us backpackers ;-)

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why So Few of Us Hike???
July 07, 7:03pm

Re: help sewing
Brian, what type of machine are you sewing on? Are you fiddling with the stitch length or the tensions settings? The foot pressure (when you put down the foot to sew) is what keeps the fabric in ...

In Make Your Own Gear » help sewing
July 07, 9:38am

Re: poles essential?
I didn't start hiking with poles till early 2003. At one point about 2 years ago I wondered if I had become addicted to them, and went pole less for awhile. Well.......... I started falling ...

In Philosophy & Technique » SUL packs & trek pole usefulness?
July 07, 9:34am

Re: REI Sierra Dome 2 Tent - $69.93 @ REI-Outlet
I bought one a couple weeks ago. It is an old school REI tent (so nothing that isn't needed!). Well built, freaking huge inside. And not a ton of mesh. may become my 3 1/2 season ...

In Gear Deals » REI Sierra Dome 2 Tent - $69.93 @ REI-Outlet
July 07, 9:25am

Re: WTB : OR Seattle Sombrero
Jason, have you called OR in Seattle directly? They seem to always have sales going on! (Ok, maybe we get pampered out here....the best are the parking lot sales, where they dump odd lots of stuff!)

In Gear Swap » WTB : OR Seattle Sombrero
July 05, 1:35pm

Re: FAK's and Water?
I know that with my 1st aid kit, it is in a silnylon bag made by OR. I carry it in a gallon ziploc freezer bag. Overkill? Maybe. But I'd rather have it dry. This winter I had my pack get soaked...

In GEAR » FAK's and Water?
July 05, 9:23am

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