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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.
CityFairbanks
StateAlaska
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.bucktrack.com

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All Forum Posts by Buck Nelson

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Re: Rain Pants - are they worth it?
For me? Absolutely. I just spent a week out in the boonies in Alaska including a couple days slogging by myself cross-country, often in the cold rain and wading through water, with wet feet the...

In GEAR » Rain Pants - are they worth it?
August 25, 11:16am

Re: Re: Re: Grizzly kills hiker near Yellowstone
Give us a proper analogy.

In On the Web » Fatal attacks by American black bear on people: 1900–2009
August 08, 9:49pm

Re: Grizzly kills hiker near Yellowstone
How did this move from black bears to grizzlies? The death toll from bears: polar, grizzly, black, in the U.S. is now 1 since September of last year. There have been over 300 deaths from drow...

In On the Web » Fatal attacks by American black bear on people: 1900–2009
August 08, 8:50pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Dry socks for sleeping.
"What if I wash my feet before bed? Do you think clean feet would produce enough oils overnight to be of concern?" Not for most people.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wet feet – should I worry about this? (Fugly foot pictures)
August 08, 6:58am

Re: Dry socks for sleeping.
"Is there any real advantage to wearing socks over no socks when sleeping after a day with wet feet?" The reason I usually wear sleeping socks is for warmth (they are part of my sleep ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wet feet – should I worry about this? (Fugly foot pictures)
August 07, 8:25am

Re: Re: Re: Re: I wouldn't worry
"Wading streams is a problem though, but I avoid that mainly. How do you keep your feet dry wading a stream deeper than the boots?" Maybe his feet never get wet except when they get wet.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wet feet – should I worry about this? (Fugly foot pictures)
August 06, 10:35am

Re: Re: I wouldn't worry
"Obviously, dry feet are better than wet feet, but wet feet are part of the game." I never have wet feet. What game are you playing? I often wade streams or hike through melting sno...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wet feet – should I worry about this? (Fugly foot pictures)
August 06, 9:43am

I wouldn't worry
I think it's fair to say that each year tens of thousands of hikers take their shoes off to reveal feet like that at the end of the day. Obviously, dry feet are better than wet feet, but wet...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wet feet – should I worry about this? (Fugly foot pictures)
August 06, 9:03am

Re: 63 people killed in 110 years = not worth worrying about
If people write a paper on risk, they will, with few exceptions, offer ways to mitigate risk, no matter how low. The only way to understand the level of risk is to quantify it.

In On the Web » Fatal attacks by American black bear on people: 1900–2009
August 02, 5:46pm

63 people killed in 110 years = not worth worrying about
That should be the real takeaway. In the U.S. as many people die every 12 MINUTES as have been killed by black bears in a CENTURY.

In On the Web » Fatal attacks by American black bear on people: 1900–2009
August 02, 10:57am

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

Everestgear.com 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 Everestgear.com 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