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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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Real ID
My issue with it is the unsettling feeling that you are hearing the echo of "Papers Please!" in your ears. We are ever so slowly giving up so many rights to our gov't so that we feel ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Passports
January 24, 9:01pm

Re: Re: Passports
Don't worry if you are driving or sailing-you've got another year or so ;-) I'll add I think it is the stupidest thing our Gov't has come up with in awhile (right next to the unive...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Passports
January 24, 8:23am

Re: Getting What???
Maybe it is up here, but for the most part I don't see monster loads anymore (unless it is winter or you are on the Wonderland Trail at Rainier, which is hiked by many not from the Northwest). ...

In GEAR » Backpacker's "Gear Guide" just out
January 23, 11:30pm

Re: Re: Gear Guide
Well, that is true, for people getting into the outdoors it is scary-and it doesn't help if you are buying gear online or at a badly staffed shop. It does help people compare and see what else ...

In GEAR » Backpacker's "Gear Guide" just out
January 23, 9:12pm

Re: Re: Hehheh
Sssshhhhhhhhh! Hush you! I guess maybe I should start bringing deodorant? hehheh....but that weighs like a WHOLE ounce! *side note: after a long trip on the PCT this summer, my husband picked me...

In GEAR » Backpacker's "Gear Guide" just out
January 23, 9:05pm

Re: Backpacker's "Gear Guide" just out
Ok, I'll pitch in my 2 cents on the guide. For me, I have never understood the GG issue-all it reads as is a large advertisement that you paid good money for. I guess before the internet it pr...

In GEAR » Backpacker's "Gear Guide" just out
January 23, 9:03pm

Well, see, I do most of that in my spare time (I can cook, sew, make bread, embroider fabric (I used to make hippie clothes for Grateful Dead shows that I sold), I spoil my kid (yes, I am a Suburba...

In GEAR » Backpacker's "Gear Guide" just out
January 23, 9:00pm

Re: Getting Laid WTF???
"PS I have a personal theory on why people still insist on traditional backpacking, and it's this: the ladies in their lives. My sister (a heavyweight backpacker) finally helped me unde...

In GEAR » Backpacker's "Gear Guide" just out
January 23, 8:50pm

Re: 3000 Calorie Reserve Ideas?
Problem with the fudge is ya would want to eat it ;-) Hello brick-o-lard. Hehheh!!

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » 3000 Calorie Reserve Ideas?
January 23, 8:43pm

Re: Killarny PP -Ontario
Love the! Those are classic!

In Post-Trip Reports » Killarny PP -Ontario
January 21, 8:28am

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