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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: Re: Re: Backpacking solo
"So Piper, are you taking applications for a new boyfriend now?" I'm hoping it was just the altitude talking. Otherwise I think I'm done with boyfriends. "then spend th...

In Philosophy & Technique » Backpacking solo
June 17, 4:40pm

Re: "rehabbing flat feet"
Well, having presbyopia, I think my glasses ARE a crutch to some extent.

In Philosophy & Technique » rehabbing flat feet
June 17, 4:35pm

Re: rehabbing flat feet
I have never understood why flat feet are a problem. Does it hurt? My boyfriend has flat feet and he can hike all day long. I've never heard him complain about his arches hurting or anything. B...

In Philosophy & Technique » rehabbing flat feet
June 16, 9:16pm

Re: Backpacking solo
I hiked the whole PCT solo, in multiple sections. I enjoyed it a lot. I felt like I could pay more attention to every little thing. When I sometimes hiked with others, I would realize that whole ch...

In Philosophy & Technique » Backpacking solo
June 16, 8:55pm

Re: Re: Fire restrictions up north here already
I just got back from SEKI and the PCT and the ranger said nothing about no alcohol stoves. He did mention a number of campsites where fires weren't allowed, such as Rae Lakes. I went stoveless ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Fire restrictions up north here already
June 16, 8:03pm

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

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