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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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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

Wow..Port Townsend already?
It seems like you just started! :-D Did you enjoy your walk across Whidbey Island? My first section of PNT was on Whidbey when I lived there, and then the sections up near Bellingham. I would t...

In Post-Trip Reports » Pacific Northwest Trail - 1200 mi. - Summer '07
August 10, 10:38pm

Coconut cream powder for backpacking is quite useful :-) Both places you mention carry it. Hit Uji in Seattle though, not Bellevue, as the prices on the packets are 1/3rd of the price. The Seat...

In On the Web » My Ultralight Blog
August 08, 2:57pm

Trailhead's Gear Room
As part of our website,, my good friend Trailhead is going to be doing a semi regular column on gear and her experiences. Her view is from going from a total newbie to being ...

In On the Web » Trailhead's Gear Room
August 07, 6:36pm

Re: My Ultralight Blog
Brett, I worked for 2 1/2 years for said Issaquah based importer of your fish sauce ;-) that you mention. Learned quite a bit about Thai food during that time. I left my job there this past sprin...

In On the Web » My Ultralight Blog
August 07, 6:25pm

You could also use the TVP that comes in that pack (I am thinking the Harmony House deal comes with that, right?). Beef flavored TVP would work well :-)

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Italian Dinner
August 07, 6:21pm

Italian Dinner
I got a great idea from another forum poster, and took their idea, and made it user friendly :-) While not a super UL meal, you will eat well, and this meal is perfect if you have 3-4 people on a t...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Italian Dinner
August 07, 9:15am

Re: Should BPL go metric?
Yeah...what was it...1984? I was 11 years old and I remember my teacher "in the near future our whole country will be going over to the Metric system! We must be prepared!". And it i...

In Chaff » Should BPL go metric?
August 05, 8:17am

Re: So what's your current kitchen setup?
On most trips it is: Primus canister stove w/fuel, MSR Titan Kettle, MSR Ti cup, spoon, lighter, clear measuring cup (it is a 1 cup size) and paper towels. I also at times carry my Fauxbaker setup...

In GEAR » So what's your current kitchen setup?
August 02, 11:52am

Totally Offtopic, Roman....
Roman,,totally offtopic, but I was catching up on your blog, and saw this link:!10914_10915 in an entry on food. What does the price of those bags work out ...

In GEAR » Gear, Gear, Gear from the OutDoor fair
July 23, 8:37am

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