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Buck Nelson (Colter) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Alaska
About Me I have recently retired as a career smokejumper. Like most Backpackinglight members I enjoy my outdoor adventures, such as thru-hiking the AT, CDT, the Desert Trail and PCT. I recently completed a 1,000 mile traverse of northern Alaska. You can see photos and the stories at my website.
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All Forum Posts by Buck Nelson

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She's written a book!
I found out through the grapevine that Anne O'Regan, the author of this article, wrote a book on the experience of thru-hiking the PCT. I ordered a copy and liked it so much I read it all the w...

In Editor's Roundtable » Map and Compass: A City-girl Walks Western Wilderness
October 04, 8:34pm

I use down all the time
I would use down on a trip like that with no worries. In most conditions, moisture accumulation isn't a problem in down. For example, last year I slept in a down bag for two months in an Al...

In Winter Hiking » Any defenders of a down quilt for 7 days in GSMNP in Oct/Nov?
October 04, 8:49am

Re: Best Chapstick for sierras
My theory is that sun and general drying are both big factors. I don't know specifically which is the best brand, but I like lip balm with a high sunblock factor and to apply it often to preven...

In GEAR » Best Chapstick for sierras
October 02, 7:05am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Here's a list of scientific papers related to backcountry water pathogen risk
The most "unbiased" way to do things would be to provide a link to Google Scholar, but few people will have the patience to do all their own research. I bel...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Here's a list of scientific papers related to backcountry water pathogen risk
October 01, 1:24pm

Re: Re: Here's a list of scientific papers related to backcountry water pathogen risk
"I have come full circle and treat water much less than I used to with no ill effects. With a little common sense the risk can be reduced to almost nil, and statistically speaking "nil&qu...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Here's a list of scientific papers related to backcountry water pathogen risk
September 30, 5:15pm

Here's a list of scientific papers related to backcountry water pathogen risk
I've spent many hours putting together a list of citations I've gathered over the last few years, with a brief synopsis of one or more key points from each. Each paper has a clickable li...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Here's a list of scientific papers related to backcountry water pathogen risk
September 30, 12:51pm

Re: Abrasion
"Best to have the guy lines be the tarp itself." Yup, flapping of loose material and abrasion will be problems otherwise.

In Make Your Own Gear » Fitting for the top of a trekking pole for increased tarp shelter stability
September 29, 11:46am

Re: HInt
"Never did I have any problem drinking UNtreated water from Snow Creek, which ran by our campsite...Then I fly back home to Erie, PA in August and the very first day got the worst food poisoni...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ahh the joys of having a stomach bug 10ish days after backpacking
September 18, 7:04pm

Lots of gear is lost to campfires!
I fought fire for many years in Alaska where your feet will most likely be wet by the end of the day. It was very common for people to dry, or attempt to dry, boots and socks around an evening camp...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Campfire damage to gear?
September 14, 8:36am

Re: Brooks Range Backpacking Trip - Aug 24-Sept 2
Great photos, epic trip. Congratulations!

In Photo Gallery » Brooks Range Backpacking Trip - Aug 24-Sept 2
September 08, 7:44pm

All Reader Reviews by Buck Nelson

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Marmot Hydrogen (2004 model)
I've got an older model with the shorter zipper that weighs 23 oz. I use it with my warm clothing (down jacket, balaclava, long underwear) on the coldest nights. I've slept toasty down into th...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
December 31, 10:08pm

ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tent
I used this shelter on my Desert Trail hike, Mexico to Canada, followed by three weeks canoeing the Yellowstone River. My shelter...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
November 20, 9:43am

SMD Wild Oasis
I got my Six Moon Designs Wild Oasis for the Pacific Crest Trail. I already had the SMD Lunar Solo, which I love, but decided to save a few more ounces with the Wild Oasis. I planned to switch to the ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
December 14, 5:20pm

Darn Tough Socks Boot Sock Cushion and Full Cushion, Merino Wool
I have been a loyal Smartwool wearer for years. For me, Merino wool is the way to go. On prior thru-hikes Smartwools were very comfortable but seemed to wear out too quickly. So for the PCT I got some...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
December 03, 10:43pm

ULA Helix "Ice Axe" Potty Trowel
I bought one at the "kick-off" to use on the PCT. It broke when I was chopping snow to melt for drinking water. I was appalled when I looked at the broken pieces to see how weak this "i...

In Climbing Gear & Accessories
December 02, 10:56pm

GoLite GoLite customer service
I liked my Golite Infinity pack but the material was too weak. Golite quickly and cheerfully replaced the pack. Unfortunately I hadn't requested a newer model and after nearly two thousand miles t...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 05, 12:05pm Customer Service
I hiked the Continental Divide Trail last summer. In New Mexico there were two pieces of new gear I wanted. A friend put in an order with on my behalf to be delivered to Ghost Ranch. W...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 21, 4:05pm

PossumDown Gloves (BPL Gear Shop)
I used these gloves on my CDT hike. Ultralight hiking is all about tradeoffs, and these gloves were a good compromise. Under normal cool conditions, say to just below freezing, they were quite warm. T...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 26, 8:41am

Titanium Goat AGP AGP
I used these poles on my CDT and PCT and Desert Trail hikes. I often hike with a single pole. These are not poles for people hard on gear. If y...

In Trekking Poles
October 08, 1:58pm

Pak-Lite White Super
This is a very good light. I'm giving it a 4 instead of a 5 because this is the Backpackinglight website, and there are other lights that are much smaller, lighter, and do a similarly good job. Fo...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
October 08, 11:31am