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Piper S. (sbhikes) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
About Me I hiked 3000 miles of the PCT over 2008 and 2009, about half the trail each time. I now hike in the backcountry of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. I'm a Trail Ambassador for Gossamer Gear.
CitySanta Barbara
StateCA
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://santabarbarahikes.com
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Re: Waterproofing the pack?
ZPacks makes cuben fiber pack covers. I bring a pack cover (a cheap silnylon one I got from a local outfitter) and I keep my fluffy and warm stuff inside a trash compactor bag. I figure with the pa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Waterproofing the pack?
June 16, 7:59pm

Re: It's the shoes - I think
Where is this magic REI where people actually know about the PCT and about how to properly buy big shoes for hiking?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How to stop toenail loss?
June 16, 7:55pm

Re: Re: Re: How to stop toenail loss?
Could mean you need bigger shoes or it could mean you need deeper shoes. I have a pair of men's size 8 Keen hiking shoes and just because there is a seam right where my big toe is I lose my toe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How to stop toenail loss?
June 15, 2:35pm

Re: New guy..
A really long hike will cure you of this gear acquisition thing though. After a while, gear is just gear. What's more fun is figuring out how to make gear out of trash.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New guy introduction
June 15, 7:22am

Re: "Leaving for a section hike on the PCT/JMT soon and feeling nervous"
I did make a full trip report on my own website. I don't usually promote my website, but here is a link: Trail Pass to Bishop Pass.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Leaving for a section hike on the PCT/JMT soon and feeling nervous
June 15, 7:20am

Re: Making Dehydrated Puréed Banana For The Trail
This is awesome. I'm trying it right now with plantains. I'm always looking for new and different starchy things to put in my homemade meals. The nice thing about plantains (ripe ones anywa...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Making Dehydrated Puréed Banana For The Trail
June 14, 10:11pm

Re: Encouragement Needed
If you want a strong, resilient back you should strength train. Do some heavy deadlifts and squats. I swear by this, I do it myself. I weigh 135lbs and am 49 years old and have worked my way up slo...

In Philosophy & Technique » Encouragement Needed
June 14, 5:16pm

Re: Space blanket
I do the opposite of try and leave the sleeping bag home and bring TWO sleeping bags. One is a 20-degree Go-Lite quilt and the other is a 45-degree Jacks R Better wearable quilt. I leave the down j...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » no sleep bag camping
June 14, 5:13pm

Re: Leaving for a section hike on the PCT/JMT soon and feeling nervous
Just an update. Everything was GREAT! I acclimated really well. I felt strong and happy. There was no snow on the front sides of any of the passes I did (I did not do Muir because I exited via Bish...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Leaving for a section hike on the PCT/JMT soon and feeling nervous
June 14, 5:05pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Creative way you dropped 1oz
I have not seen deet melt the visine bottle. Deet comes in a plastic bottle already.

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Creative way you dropped 1oz
June 05, 12:00pm

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