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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: I made the change
I took the tarp with me on a truly blind leap. I opened the box up, tossed my double wall tent in the back of my truck, and put the tarp bag in (along with stakes). I recently retired my old trekki...

In GEAR » I made the change
June 04, 10:34pm

I made the change
For me this was the biggest jump in faith I have made to go truly UL :-) Photos are from the trip I got back from today. My new Anti Gravity Gear trap tent (the 10 ft size) saw 3 nights ...

In GEAR » I made the change
June 04, 9:36pm

Re: carte blanche
As noted, the OP sacks do work..but, they can fall apart as well. Don't forget, in some areas, freezer bags are recyclable as well!

In GEAR » alternative for disposable food bags?
June 04, 8:13pm

Re: Re: one last thing.. than ill try to go to sleep!
I'd say this: At minimum go to Walmart or similar and buy a cheap blue pad to sleep on. It will insulate you, give some padding and it is under $15. want a good pack for cheap? S...

In GEAR » Suggestions on BackPacks
June 01, 2:02pm

Re: Backpacker and Big Sky---Écrasez l’infâme!
Hey, I didn't BUY the magazine ;-) I am too cheap for that. I'd rather buy a Frapachino at Starbucks and go to the library and get their copy all wrinkled :-D I also realized whatta lose...

In GEAR » Big Sky International Update
June 01, 1:55pm

Anyone read the letter to the editor
In the newest BP magazine? I was at the library, two days ago and the newest was in. In the LTTE, there was a person who had wrote in (who I suspect posts here or on TLB!) and the editor at BPM bas...

In GEAR » Big Sky International Update
June 01, 12:15pm

Re: MSR TITAN vs. Evernew .9L
I forgot to add: I used the MSR Titan Kettle for when I made my UL Fauxbaker (look in the cooking section for it.). It works well for this. The MSR Ti cup with folding handles fits in the cup per...

In GEAR » MSR Titan Tea Kettle vs. Evernew Ultralight Titanium Pot 0.9 L
May 31, 1:35pm

Re: MSR Titan Tea Kettle vs. Evernew Ultralight Titanium Pot 0.9 L
I can easily boil 3 cups water in the Titan Kettle. It is a nice pan, and holds a bunch of junk inside it in the pack. On the other hand, the Evernew is nice also, I have a friend with it. What I ...

In GEAR » MSR Titan Tea Kettle vs. Evernew Ultralight Titanium Pot 0.9 L
May 31, 9:29am

Well...the only thing I can say about age is: if you want to keep backpacking, often going light is the only way-especially if you want to do miles. The guy who got me into going light is Hoosierda...

In GEAR » average trad.pack:5.6lb/71liters
May 30, 11:43am

Re: Mini-Minit UL 1 Cup Coffee/ Tea Filters
Best of all, some grocery stores carry them as well :) You have to look really hard, but sometimes they will be hidden way on the bottom shelf. When I ran a coffee house couple years back, I had ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Mini-Minit UL 1 Cup Coffee/ Tea Filters
May 30, 11:33am

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