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Mary D (hikinggranny) - BPL Lifetime Member

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About Me Sorry, folks, I'm outta here. Too little useful content, especially the articles (I haven't flt the need to read one in over a year). And too much commercialism. The boasting about the number of hits on the home page to lure advertisers was the last straw. Sorry that I had to "hit" to change my profile.

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All Forum Posts by Mary D

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BPL has Ads now
I usually lurk here without logging in, so I get to see the ads. What has been here this afternoon (10/23) are no problem at all--quite innocuous. Just avoid the blinking/moving kind, please! ...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » BPL has Ads now ?
October 23, 5:19pm

BPL has Ads now ?
Lately the google ads (on other sites) have been extraordinarily irritating, with lots of flashing and moving items. Gives me a headache, fast! If the ads are static, I have no problems if they w...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » BPL has Ads now ?
October 22, 7:43pm

BPL has Ads now ?
There were ads for a while but they disappeared; I think it's been a year now that the ads left. What they had was quite comical; if you posted about the Great Lakes an ad would pop up for a f...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » BPL has Ads now ?
October 22, 2:36pm

Dark or bittersweet chocolate recommendation
Green & Black's!!!

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dark or bittersweet chocolate recommendation please.
October 21, 2:01pm

Life members with one post?
I always use Paypal (commercial, not personal) using my credit card. That gives me at least some protection through both Paypal and the credit card company. It also means the seller doesn't h...

In GEAR » Life members with one post?
October 16, 12:48pm

Rainshadow 2 pitching/ advice
With any tent, but especially with a single-wall tent, you will have to chose between draftiness and condensation. Ventilation is highly important. Don't close the vents or the beak unless it...

In GEAR » Rainshadow 2 pitching/ advice
October 15, 5:27pm

First aid kit contents?
First, take a wilderness first aid class. The most important component of a first aid kit is what's between your ears (requires an investment for the class, but no extra weight). The class wi...

In GEAR » First aid kit contents?
October 09, 11:05pm

3 PCT Hikers joining Search and Rescue of PCT hiker at White's Pass
Not only found, but she appears to have done everything exactly right when she woke up and found she was snowed in! She basically rescued herself!

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » SHUTTLE NEEDED for SAR from Tacoma to Packwood/ Whites Pass: 3 PCT Hikers joining Search and Rescue of PCT hiker at White's Pass
October 06, 8:10pm

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

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
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