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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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Tenkara Flies for Sale
If you're still doing this mid-winter, I'll order some then for next year! All the ones in the photos are beautiful! Hopefully the fish will think they look yummy!

In Fishing » Tenkara Flies for Sale
September 18, 1:00am

Wind Rivers status
Have fun! It has already snowed at higher elevations, although it will continue to melt off. Expect snow with any September storm, and nights well below freezing. It would be a good idea to buil...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wind Rivers status
September 18, 12:57am

Central Oregon backpacking ideas
The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness just south of John Day is another possibility. Be sure to allow time in your travels to/from to visit the John Day/Fossil Beds National Monument, especially the ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Central Oregon backpacking ideas
September 18, 12:45am

light tent for 63 year old female backpacker"
As a female backpacker 15 years ahead of you, here's my advice: Look up the tents at: Tarptent Six Moon Designs Lightheart Gear Mountain Laurel Designs if you want to try a floorless &#...

In GEAR » light tent for 63 year old female backpacker
September 18, 12:21am

Meals when any fires are forbidden
I can't imagine any place in southern France (yes, it's dry and hot and the brush is close to spontaneous combustion) where you won't encounter some kind of store and/or the equivalent ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Meals when any fires are forbidden
September 06, 1:35pm

Kids Hiking Poles with Rubber Tips?
Leki and REI both sell the rubber tips separately.

In GEAR » Kids Hiking Poles with Rubber Tips?
August 18, 8:56am

"Illinois Pass in the Winds
I suggest you get Nancy Pallister's "Beyond Trails in the Wind River Mountains." It's the definitive guide to off-trail travel in the Winds. Details of Illinois Pass are on p. ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Illinois Pass in the Winds
August 09, 12:41pm

"Wind River Green Fire
I suggest you call the Pinedale Ranger Station who will have all the details, including the condition of that alternate trail across the lake. You might want to ask about smoke concentrations in t...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wind River Green Fire
August 08, 1:26pm

New Pacific CREST Trail Record
For what it's worth dept.: Anish passed Harts Pass about 1:40 pm today and expects to reach Canada before midnight. While I'm not into this speed record stuff (think of the fantastic sc...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New Pacific Coast Trail Record
August 07, 7:19pm

Check area forest fires as well as the weather reports--smoke does not add to your viewing clarity!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » perseids
August 07, 1:12pm

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