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Kathy A Handyside (earlymusicus) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Southeastern Michigan
About Me I'm getting back into backpacking after several years' hiatus. All my gear was circa 1979, so I've been gradually replacing it with lightweight new equipment. I will be retiring in 4 more years and then plan to do all the trails I've dreamed of doing. I also love xc-skiing and mt. biking. I plan to move to Oregon for retirement. Besides the outdoors, I love early and classical music;I play Baroque recorder and harpsichord. I'm a bookworm, I enjoy writing and quiet get-togethers with close friends.

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Bookstores and Backpacking Books
In the now-defunct Borders and in Barnes and Noble bookstores, it seemed that the section with backpacking books contained mostly survival manuals, as if just venturing a toe's length outside t...

In Chaff » Bookstores and Backpacking Books
September 17, 3:13pm

Re:Asolo sole degrades
I bought my Asolo boots back in the 80s, have used them so much and they show almost no wear. They've held up fantastically. It's sad to see so many formerly good quality product manufa...

In GEAR » Caution!!! ASOLO sole degrades
September 17, 2:59pm

Re: Negwegon State Park
What a beautiful and wise trip report, Ike! How lucky your daughters are! This reminded me of trips I did with my own dad - the kinds of trips that remain with us our entire lives. Your writing ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Negwegon State Park: Pure Michigan
September 15, 7:00pm

Re: Backpacker just came in the mail
I just got mine; I picked up the mail right before coming into work tonight and hadn't had a chance to look at it. I just opened it up and saw Bear Grylls. Puleeze! What is happening to Backpac...

In Chaff » Backpacker just came in the mail
September 08, 9:07pm

Re: Backpacker Magazine's "Trailside" Programs
Hi Paul - Yep, that was really well-done. I enjoyed getting all the different participants' experiences and points of view. Wish they or someone else would do some more programs like that.

In Chaff » Backpacker Magazine's "Trailside" Programs
September 08, 9:01pm

Backpacker Magazine's "Trailside" Programs
Anybody remember the "Trailside: Make Your Own Adventure" programs by Backpacker Magazine? I used to watch them on my local PBS station. Wish they'd put them on DVDs; I've only be...

In Chaff » Backpacker Magazine's "Trailside" Programs
September 06, 2:13am

Re: Re: Throwing away food
Ben - I was just going to say that. Why can't it be given to homeless shelters/soup kitchens?

In Chaff » We Americans Waste / Throw Away Half Our Food -- Say it ain't so!
August 30, 4:36pm

Re: Waste
Being unemployed for 3 1/2 years taught me how to manage food and instilled in me a sense of guilt about wasting food. I learned how to fix food (casseroles, lots of beans/rice, soups)that allowed ...

In Chaff » We Americans Waste / Throw Away Half Our Food -- Say it ain't so!
August 30, 4:34pm

Re: Looking for Dehydrated-Meal-in-Freezer-Bag Cooking Advice
Hi Seth - Check out They have cozies and all kinds of stuff, including the book "Freezer Bag Cooking: Trail Food Made Simple" by Sarah Svien Kirkconnell. Highly recom...

In GEAR » Looking for Dehydrated-Meal-in-Freezer-Bag Cooking Advice
August 30, 3:44pm

Re: Selling/Donating Older Gear?
How about giving some of it to homeless people? They can always use sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and if there's a place to pitch it, a tent for shelter. The scouts get plenty of help. There ar...

In GEAR » Selling / donating older gear?
August 30, 3:28pm

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