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Mary D (hikinggranny) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
About Me 60-odd years of hiking and backpacking experience, mostly in Rockies and in Pacific Northwest. Relatively recent convert (started 6 years ago) to lightweight backpacking. Continue to do a lot of gear research to lighten load further.
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All Forum Posts by Mary D

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Zpacks Duplex?
Weight of the Duplex (per Joe's website) comes to within a couple ounces of my GG/Tarptent Squall Classic, so for me wouldn't be worth the $$$. I already have a Hexamid Twin, 17 oz. inclu...

In GEAR » Zpacks Duplex?
September 28, 11:29pm

Evernew Soft Bottles
They have been hard to find ever since the combination of the following: (1) The 2011 Japanese earthquake/tsunami which wrecked production for quite a while. (2) The advent of the Sawyer Sque...

In GEAR » Evernew Soft Bottles
September 27, 10:31am

"Help for camping in the rain
This article taught me a lot even after 60 years of backpacking and horsepacking, much of it in horrible weather: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/lightweight_guide_to_ba...

In GEAR » Help for camping in the rain with Skyscape Scout tent
September 27, 9:22am

Gear Stores in Seattle area
With Portland and Seattle only three hours apart, I thought I'd cross reference the threads for the two cities. Here's the thread for Portland stores: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...

In GEAR » Gear stores in Seattle area
September 23, 12:54pm

My review of Portland, Oregon Gear Stores
Since Portland and Seattle are only three hours apart, I thought I'd cross reference the two threads. Here's the thread on Seattle stores: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpa...

In GEAR » My review of Portland, Oregon Gear Stores.
September 23, 12:50pm

Next Adventure!
You left out Next Adventure! They are a ULA pack retailer. Many of us are waiting for that Montbell store! Six Moon Designs is located in Beaverton (west side of Portland) and now has a sto...

In GEAR » My review of Portland, Oregon Gear Stores.
September 21, 4:30pm

Educate me on guylines and line locks
I also have a ZPacks Hexamid When I got it, the first thing I did was to change the guylines to the reflective type. That's partly because I couldn't get the ZPacks cord to hold a knot (...

In GEAR » Educate me on guylines and line locks
September 19, 4:39pm

Tenkara Flies for Sale
If you're still doing this mid-winter, I'll order some then for next year! All the ones in the photos are beautiful! Hopefully the fish will think they look yummy!

In Fishing » Tenkara Flies for Sale
September 18, 1:00am

Wind Rivers status
Have fun! It has already snowed at higher elevations, although it will continue to melt off. Expect snow with any September storm, and nights well below freezing. It would be a good idea to buil...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wind Rivers status
September 18, 12:57am

Central Oregon backpacking ideas
The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness just south of John Day is another possibility. Be sure to allow time in your travels to/from to visit the John Day/Fossil Beds National Monument, especially the ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Central Oregon backpacking ideas
September 18, 12:45am

All Reader Reviews by Mary D

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Thermarest Neo-Air
I purchased a short NeoAir in late May of 2009 from REI (using the 20% off coupon, which made it a less exorbitant purchase). The prospect of an air mat that was considerably lighter than my POE Insu...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
June 10, 3:22pm

Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
So far I have found several uses for the 1/8" GG Thinlight pad: (1) Dog sleeping pad (cut to 36" long). It's just right for my 80-lb. dog who sleeps curled up in a ball. He's ...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
April 18, 6:49pm

Potable Aqua Iodine Drinking Water Germicidal Tablets
I used these back in the mid-1980's to disinfect drinking water (that's about all that was available then other than filters or boiling). After one month, using them only on weekends, I broke...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
April 07, 6:44pm

Big Agnes Pumphouse Multi-Use Dry Sack and Pad Pump
I purchased a Big Agnes Pumphouse soon after they came on the market in the summer of 2007. It is advertised on the BA web site as a "...pad pump, dry sack, stuff sack, pillow, water carrier, ba...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 18, 2:54pm

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack
In the past, I've read in a number of places (including Jim Wood's excellent article on "Keeping Your Critical Gear Dry") that these sacks have failed the submersion test. This prob...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 18, 2:07pm

Pacific Outdoor Products Insul Mat Max-Thermo
My POE Insulmat Max Thermo (now the Ether Thermo, but I got the old model on closeout) just finished its second backpacking season. I'm in my early 70's so these old bones and joints ain...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 17, 5:34pm

Big Agnes Clearview
I know that this pad is supposedly the same thickness as my POE InsulMat Max Thermo (now the Ether Thermo). However, it has more tubes, which seem to make it effectively thinner. The Clearview has t...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 17, 5:01pm

SteriPen Adventurer
My big complaint with the Steripen Adventurer is that I could not work the switch! It's fine for those with big strong hands (the kind who regularly open jars for their SO), but not for me (I can...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
October 17, 1:52pm

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo
I bought a Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo (e) in June of 2007 and used it through two backpacking seasons. First of all, I need to point out that my Labrador retriever backpacks with me (he's part...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
October 17, 1:28pm

Backcountrygear.com
I am a relatively recent convert to lightweight backpacking (I didn't know all this wonderful stuff existed--you'd never know it from a trip through REI or by reading Backpacker) and this is m...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 17, 12:38pm