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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.
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StateCA
CountryUSA
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Re: Re: Pounds of food and calories per day?
Even hiking the PCT I never carried 2lbs per day. 1.5 a day maybe barely, and it wasn't all eaten. This coming trip I have about 5.5 pounds of food for 7 days and that includes a pint of olive ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Pounds of food and calories per day?
August 07, 6:12pm

Re: Why do I gain weight after a hike?
On days I go for a hike my belly bloats way huge and I get a lot of water retention even though I often eat foods that have no salt added and drink just water. I don't worry about it. I gain...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Why do I gain weight after a hike?
August 07, 8:13am

Re: Re: Lazy Luddites
You have a point. I don't carry heavy camera gear either. I am happy with snapshots and a point and shoot. I don't pursue photography as a passion. But I think this is different when we'...

In Philosophy & Technique » Current conversations with JMT hikers
August 07, 8:02am

Re: Is there something you eat in the backcountry that you don't eat otherwise?
Fresh porcini mushrooms, if I'm lucky.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Is there something you eat in the backcountry that you don't eat otherwise?
August 05, 5:56pm

Re: Re: Re: Ultralight and the 10 Essentials
For pretty much any local Sierra Club hike and for pretty much any hike the general public does, 2 liters is probably actually overkill for most people. But you need 3 liters because most people be...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight and the 10 Essentials
August 05, 7:39am

Re: Silver stuff rubbing off my new z-rest
I haven't even hiked with it yet. My hands turned gray like I'd rubbed aluminum powder on them just handling the thing removing excess panels from it. It's more than annoying. I'm n...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Silver stuff rubbing off my new z-rest
August 04, 8:08pm

Re: Ultralight and the 10 Essentials
Here in So Cal the most essential essential is water. In fact, you can pretty much leave everything else off the list on day hikes in the Santa Barbara area and be okay, but without sufficient wate...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight and the 10 Essentials
August 04, 8:05pm

Re: Current conversations with JMT hikers
A couple years ago I did a section hike on the JMT and my experience was similar to yours. My pack wasn't even quite as small as yours. It was like everybody I met apologized to me for carrying...

In Philosophy & Technique » Current conversations with JMT hikers
August 04, 4:58pm

Silver stuff rubbing off my new z-rest
I have a new z-rest and just in handling it in my house getting ready for a trip I have noticed that the silver stuff rubs off and leaves gray on my hands. I use a quilt and sleep directly on the p...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Silver stuff rubbing off my new z-rest
August 04, 4:46pm

Re: Back pain while hiking?
There are probably as many reasons for back pain as people. I sometimes get back pain with certain packs, but not others. It tends to be relieved if I can make my pack really tight and hard. I c...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Back pain while hiking?
August 04, 4:42pm

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