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HK Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Winter backpacking in the Sunbelt vs. snow-stuff in the Rockies. Started heavy in the mid-90's after a cpl attempts using 60's gear in the late 80's, then went lightweight in the 00's, and finally down to UL in Dec 2013.

I'll update my gear list tomorrow ...
CityDuke City
StateNM
CountryUSA
My PDF Gear ListEver changing gear list

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Re: Los Padres Overnight.
Nice except for the bear sign. Not sure I'd sleep tight. How's the water situation in the creeks up there? (Think I'll ask pre-trip too)

In Post-Trip Reports » Los Padres Overnight.
November 22, 5:42pm

Still layering ...
One of the buildings I work in has a messed up HVAC, so I need to layer. A cold day can trigger a furnace in one part of the building and an icebox in the other. If working summer, I have to assum...

In Philosophy & Technique » Clothes selection
November 20, 7:15pm

Re: Weather for southern AZT and western Grand Enchantment Trail (AZ and NM) in Mid-March to Mid-April
Depends on the snowpack and whether it's a very good year. The western part of NM's GET (around Whitewater Baldy) could have packed snow linger into June. If it is a good year, you can ca...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Weather for southern AZT and western Grand Enchantment Trail (AZ and NM) in Mid-March to Mid-April
November 19, 1:56pm

Re: The Range of Light: Fastpacking the John Muir Trail in Under a Week
Great article, with the trial and tribulations faced (self-doubt, hungry bear altering the gear list, etc...).

In Editor's Roundtable » The Range of Light: Fastpacking the John Muir Trail in Under a Week
November 18, 12:02pm

Plenty of other space for bikes
There's more than enough other public lands for bike riding IMO, as wilderness itself is a fairly small portion. Once a wheeled vehicle is exempted, lawyers from the extractive industries will ...

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
November 09, 2:29pm

Re: The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
Hope not. Backpacking the northern part of the TRT this summer, I was the only backpacker with a mass of mountainbikers speeding around me. Most were friendly about it but there were 2 close call...

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
November 09, 10:20am

Walking in the cold and dark
I'd primarily add the pack with a gallon of water and keep walking in the dark cold since you are planning to winter hike. Also test out your base-layers. Then select the other activities men...

In Chaff » Fat Fatty Fat Fat
November 06, 12:51pm

Re: Gila river
The area has been getting rain off and on ... some fairly massive a few wks ago (just got a 5-month contract nearby). Instead of hanging out in the river fork channels, you may try looping Woodlan...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Gila Wilderness Ideas
November 06, 12:30pm

Re: Re: How does one fight for permits/trailhead quotas in Colorado?
@Erica - for the 4 Passes Loop, the overcrowding occurs around August/September with relatively good weather....maybe a permit system? Past 2 PM however, many trad packers started setting up cam...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Maroon Bells - Why I stay away
November 02, 7:09am

Maroon Bells overcrowding
There were a lot of hikers (backpackers, day hikers, and a few trail runners) in August but far fewer around 4th of July (of course that's when I got hit with massive rain). Even in August I w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Maroon Bells - Why I stay away
October 31, 12:26am

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