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Mina Loomis (elmvine) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Central Texas
About Me I have been backpacking on and off in the western US since college in the early 1970's. Summer 1970 a bunch of us spent a week in the Three Sisters Wilderness in Oregon barefoot with blankets, book bags, and no proper gear at all. Now I coordinate youth backpacking for our Camp Fire council, and enjoy taking the kids to the mountains. I hope to take up more long distance walking after retirement.
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All Forum Posts by Mina Loomis

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"she is a girl and loves to shop :-)" Um, and all you *boys* on BPL don't love to shop? :P P. S. It doesn't solve the problem of picking out the pack in person, but if you w...

In GEAR » Kids pack suggestions??
November 28, 12:53pm

When I am out on short local trips without my poles, with my Gatewood Cape for a shelter, I just rummage around camp for a suitable stick. Carry weight=0. But we are not above treeline here.

In GEAR » tent pole / trekking pole alternatives
November 28, 12:46pm

Rabbit Proof Fence
Three girls escape across 1,200 miles of Australia, from forced training schools, to get home. True story from the 1930's. I think about it when the going gets tough....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Good Outdoor DVD's?
November 14, 6:40pm

Well I used to be a lawyer managing a legal services hotline, but I quit that 11 years ago to homeschool our kids, who then became very large and abandoned us (something about being "grownups&...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What do you do for a living?
October 31, 8:35pm

Gossamer Gear
Last time I was at Gossamer Gear (they are local for us) they showed me a child's pack they were developing. I think it might have been a downsized Mariposa or similar. There isn't a spec...

In GEAR » Kid's packs?
October 06, 10:51am

Re: Re: Rain?
Aha! Just this morning (before I read this thread this evening), we were on a family hike at McKinney Falls State Park, which normally has 2 sets of falls but currently has no falls anywhere, and ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is it just me?
September 25, 7:00pm

What is this thing you are calling "rain?" --Mina in Texas

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is it just me?
September 25, 4:56pm


In Website & Forum Admin/Support » How do you insert an embedded link?
September 20, 10:45am

photo links
Here you go, a couple of albums, more photos than your interest can sustain I am sure. Glad you all liked the re...

In Post-Trip Reports » JMT: We got about half of it...
September 20, 10:26am

JMT: We got about half of it...
Robert and I drove out from Texas in the third week of July, 2011. First view of the Sierras, from Hwy 395. Yosemite Valley was busy the first Sunday in July! Glad we were backpacking, not...

In Post-Trip Reports » JMT: We got about half of it...
September 14, 5:19pm

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