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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: Dessert
Well, it doesn't wreck it per say, but you do set yourself up for liquid chocolate ;-) And for gray color chocolate. Do yourself a favor: if you carry milk chocolate, carry it insulated. Tha...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dessert
July 16, 2:29pm

Evernew 400 Mug, Orikaso Solo Set, BOTH NEW
Ti Evernew 400 mug, still with tag on it. Asking $12, includes shipping. Also have like new Orikaso Solo set (never used, folded once, still in packaging-2006 model). Blue color, bought last sum...

In Gear Swap » Evernew 400 Mug, Orikaso Solo Set, BOTH NEW
July 14, 6:31pm

Re: Lightweight Backpacking Gear for Kids (Jay Ham)
A good article, and good always to see others taking their kids! My only issue (and this is my line of thinking) is that with kids, a 2 lb or so pack weight can be beneficial - giving a kid a go...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking Gear for Kids
July 10, 10:30pm

Pad Thai
When I worked at the Asian food importer (I left in the spring) they carried "instant" Pad Thai that had rice noodles that only needed to be set in water for 3 or so minutes. They worked ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dehydrating rice problems
July 10, 3:34pm

Re: RE: Gear Stores in Seattle and Portland
Marmot Mountainworks in Bellevue, Wa is a great shop! Also, Second Ascent in the Seattle area and the OR store in SoDo.

In Gear Deals » Gear Stores in Seattle and Portland
July 10, 12:18pm

Re: Dehydrating rice problems
Joe, my husband decided last year to put a new cover on the book-he also fleshed it out a bit more :-) Book #2 is being worked on. It's recipes are done, we are just figuring what angle we ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dehydrating rice problems
July 10, 12:16pm

Re: Which sewing machine?
You can pick up a decent entry level Singer at many Walmarts and similar for around $100. Another cheap way is to visit Sewing machine shops (the kind that sell good machines, and vacumns...not fa...

In Make Your Own Gear » Which sewing machine?
July 10, 10:58am

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

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