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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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Looking for another Ghost
I currently own one 2001 model Ghost, which is pretty much near the end of it's life. I also own a new Seraph (the ladies version) which was to replace it, but my son is going to be using it t...

In Gear Swap » Looking for another Ghost
May 11, 1:05pm

Re: Cold Meals
Instant hummus on tortillas with anything from salsa packets added to ranch dip added. Willing to carry cucumber? Very good added! Wraps made with chicken pouches are great. I like it with mayo pa...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cold Meals
May 10, 10:02pm

Re: intake
Hmmmmmmm........I am not one to tell you on that one! I many times only eat 1500-2000 calories when backpacking. But that is my meds, they make it hard to eat big amounts. Blech! My son? Maybe 3...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Food for seirras? help
May 08, 9:17pm

Re: thanks
Andrew, cheese lasts pretty good, even in summer. If you can get portion sized pieces, sealed, so much the better. Cheese can get soft and oily, but it is fine. Baby bells are very tasty. As for e...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Food for seirras? help
May 08, 5:38pm

When my mom was a child, the whole family went to Yellowstone...back in the dark ages when they had the garbage pits. The cars were stopped and the kids were running around outside. My mom came b...

In Editor's Roundtable » Bear Stories, Anyone?
May 08, 2:28pm

Re: Food for seirras? help
Andrew, Many things can come into play. A big one is how hydrated you stay. Getting dehydrated is never good, but it can also cause you to not eat enough. Another is if you go to a gym, are you h...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Food for seirras? help
May 08, 2:20pm

Re: Cooking clothes in bear country – Needed?
I hike in bear country almost always (black not grizzlies though). I am a boil water-add to bag type of cooker. Cooking long meals can be an issue, where you are leaning over the pot, getting cover...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cooking clothes in bear country – Needed?
May 07, 9:51pm

Re: Bear Stories, Anyone?
Sadly my best bear encounters did not occur in the back country. ;-) So I'll bore you! The first bear I saw at Rainier came flying out of the Ipsut Creek Campground privy. And nearly ran into ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Bear Stories, Anyone?
May 07, 9:45pm

Re: My first attempt...
Nice and short, I like the "this not that" :-)

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My first attempt...
May 06, 9:57pm

Reason 499
Why I am glad I am a woman. Yes, most of us ladies have to get up at night to go pee. But hey, I get to stretch, unkink my back, stare at the sky maybe, get some fresh air-and most of all, gettin...

In Make Your Own Gear » pee bag
May 06, 4:55pm

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