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Hk Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Mostly 2 to 3 day loops, with a couple weeklong trips too, likely going 2 weeks or more with upcoming severance. Lightening up but with an eye towards toughness and hiking convenience (secure drying on the trail. quick set up, etc...), but also a bit better food (and beverage) for most overnights. Then again I might want to do a spartan "fast n'light" overnight ... and the gear closet grows.
I'll update my gear list tomorrow ...
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Moonlight duo
Reading about 2 lbs per person - not unreasonable (think you should lead with that), esp for a tent 2 can be comfortable in ... plus BPL is redefining UL anyways (if increasing the load bearing abi...

In GEAR » Some new Tent ideas I have up on Kickstarter
March 26, 8:29pm

Back in the days of moving fast....
Mid to late 1990's, I read a book about how a wind-jacket was all a fast moving dayhiker needed (which appealed to me since I was financially "Beyond Broke" to paraphrase a Jardine ti...

In Philosophy & Technique » To Rain Jacket ... or ... Not to Rain Jacket
March 26, 12:21pm

Are windshirts a viable option on the future?
Just thinking about the current windshirt thread and lamenting the loss of breathability from the past front runners. The new ones either breathe far less or weigh 20% more - why buy from a major ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Andrew Skurka - Core Clothing
March 26, 10:12am

Poncho - tarp
I could see a beefed up poncho tarp like the Gatewood cape in certain situations, ... if it were somewhat customizable (not a fan of the arm holes which seem to be unsecurable, ditferent height) .....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Andrew Skurka - Core Clothing
March 25, 10:15pm

Light polycro
Every floored shelter I've had I've eventually sold .. so I cut a little DYI panel (not the entire shape). If worried about wear, how about a light piece of polycro sized just larger than y...

In GEAR » Best lightweight footprints?
March 25, 8:17pm

Almost like Hawaii overnight temps Re: ...quilt
During a overnight in Hawaii at just below 60°F (humid, light rain), I was good with just a liner and a fleece wrapped around my neck as a gaiter. That said, if I had to do it again I'd check...

In GEAR » Looking at buying a summer weight quilt
March 25, 2:11pm

Re: Windshirt weight.
...for 8 to 9 oz . Jimmer: to speak about weight around here is now passé, so UL can mean anything, any weight for the past cpl of years. Just to add, tried ponchos in both the military (sti...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Andrew Skurka - Core Clothing
March 25, 12:06pm

Santa Fe - Taos snow conditons
Just an update to whoever may be planning a spring trip; many ski areas are starting to close despite a decent base of snow. Article:

In Pre-Trip Planning » Pecos Wilderness Route help
March 25, 11:14am

Re: Re: Re: Lake Superior Coastal Trail Adventure.
Definately a superior trip report! A far cry from where I normally hike but some stunning photos. Thanks for sharing.

In Editor's Roundtable » Lake Superior Costal Trail Adventure
March 25, 11:01am

Summer pad
I will not compromise on sleep so probably a summertime sleeping pad (full length TR x-lite) to go with my 40°F EE quilt. My regular pad is the insulated Astrolite 20R from Nemo but it kind of o...

In GEAR » REI Sale 03/27/15 - What are you getting?
March 25, 10:44am

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