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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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DIY dog pad/ground blanket,
Love all the doggie pictures! Dale, that shot is precious! Matt, Bennie is as cute as ever! I used a GG Nightlite torso length pad under my late lamented hiking buddy Hysson and on cold night...

In Make Your Own Gear » DIY dog pad/ground blanket, advice requested on materials
October 06, 7:55pm

Is There a Reason Not to Do This?
Actually, the high-end Marmot bags come with durable water-repellent (DWR) outer shells. They used to use Pertex; I don't know what they use now, but I'm sure it's similar. That is a ...

In GEAR » Is There a Reason Not to Do This?
October 06, 1:35pm

Yosemite alternative in case of shutdown?
Better call today; nobody will answer the phone tomorrow! Back in the 1980's, this happened every year (although usually just for a few days) and Mt. Rainier NP did not close the gates--you ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Yosemite alternative in case of shutdown?
September 30, 3:09pm

What do you rehydrate in?
I found pint Ziplocs in one of the local grocery stores a couple of years ago and bought a bunch. Unfortunately i can't remember which--may have been Albertson's. There's always amazo...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » What do you rehydrate in?
September 30, 2:58pm

Ruff Wear Bark N Boots dog boots"
I have dog boots but no longer have a dog. How about I take the dog and you keep the boots? Just kidding! :-) Sweet dog! Seriously, you might want those boots for winter snow and ice! ...

In Gear Swap » Ruff Wear Bark N Boots dog boots
September 29, 8:17pm

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

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