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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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Followup report, going stoveless
Hello, All, After your very helpful assistance with no-cook ideas, we picked out some things we liked in testing, made our shopping list, and turned it over to a couple of the kids for shopping....

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Stoveless recipes
September 13, 2:39pm

not wet
If the mug handles are too hot to touch then you don't want the bandanna to be wet. Wet material will transmit the heat to your hand. This is from kitchen experience, not outdoor--wet pothold...

In GEAR » Best way to remove Ti mug from cooking fire
August 30, 12:31pm

overhead pack flip
My daughter used to do that with her pack on Camp Fire trips when she was in high school. We were carrying ~40 lb packs total weight (pre LW days). And she weighed 90-100. The Trip Leader told h...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Not THAT heavy
June 09, 2:16pm

light silk tent
From somewhere (now I don't remember exactly, probably a link posted by someone on these boards?) I downloaded a pdf of Camping and Woodcraft by Horace Kephart, originally 1917, this appears to...

In Gear Lists » Totally Un-UL, Un Hi-tech list:
June 09, 1:53pm

A toughie
I have hesitated to weigh in on this one. The teacher's expectations, all desirable, are hard to meet in Texas in the summer. It is pretty much hot, dry (especially this year), and muggy. Fo...

In Post-Trip Reports » Youth Trip in Central Texas...
June 05, 10:31am

Re: Re: test results
I am thinking about that. I also want to use the Pecan Cranberry Ranch Chicken Salad (in wraps) for one of the Pine Spring dinners, but I didn't have the Ranch packets to make it with for our ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Stoveless recipes
May 31, 1:27pm

Re: Strawberry Peach Muesli
Sounds great, I am going to test this on Robert for our JMT hike later this summer. >>If you brought the milk powder, mix it with water and then pour the milk over the muesli. One sugg...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Breakfast for a non-cooker
May 31, 10:17am

test results
Night before last we had a pre-trip meeting, and I had samples of a number of ideas prepared for folks to try. The concept of no-cook meals for 4 days (2 at Pine Spring and 2 on the trail) went ov...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Stoveless recipes
May 31, 10:02am

Re: Mariposa Plus
Scott, I am leaning towards using the MP on this trip, since you and some others have found it practical to do so. You are right, the volume seems to work out. I made a model Bearikade Expedi...

In Gear Lists » Still another JMT Gear List 2011
May 28, 8:19am

Re: Re: tarps
Oh, my. The Z-packs tarps do look nice. Will have to think hard about the price though. Or I could gut up and carry the extra half pound the ID tarp weighs and send the money to an environmental...

In Gear Lists » Still another JMT Gear List 2011
May 24, 7:24pm

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