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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. Debating whether to go 2 weeks or more. Lightening up but with an eye towards toughness and hiking convenience (secure drying on the trail. quick set up, etc...)
I'll update my gear list tomorrow ...
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Fuzzy fleece, constant changes, and the Michelin man
I'm pretty much done with wind-whatever soft-shells after they couldn't repair it. I did snowshoe a bit in the LW R4 and the temp was fine as it was just lightly snowing ... just did not li...

In GEAR » Patagonia Nano Air™ Review - A New Genre
January 30, 10:31pm

Wind-bloc
Eric: My Wind-bloc LW R4 (less fuzzy than reg R4) had a decent temp range dependent on base-layer, but had to be constantly fiddled with. The Pata employee said great for resort slopes as a snowb...

In GEAR » Patagonia Nano Air™ Review - A New Genre
January 30, 10:21pm

Patagonia lightweight travel pack
They made a minimalistic pack at 26L ($79 new though they are out of stock currently) that would stuff in its own smallish lid. Some daisy chains probably for trek poles. Do not want to overstuff...

In GEAR » City travel 30L packs?
January 29, 1:52pm

Mortgage interest deduction extended to yachts
The U.S. mortgage interest deduction is extended to yachts. Note it probably doesn't help that couple buying a starter home: http://nytimes.com/2014/03/27/opinion/kristof-a-nation-of-takers...

In Chaff » Are You in That 1%??
January 29, 9:27am

Fabric Re: "North Face Triumph anorak XL New w/tags"
It is their proprietary Hyvent in a 2.5 version. I've replaced it with a more expensive eVent from Montane. Here's a pic of the outer fabric with a flash setting NOTE: jacket is Black

In Gear Swap » North Face Triumph anorak XL New w/tags
January 29, 8:54am

Re: Re: North Face Triumph anorak XL New w/tags
Art: Bought it new about a year ago, maybe 1.5 yrs from REI, I believe ... could have been Summithut in Tucson. Couldn't get away from a zippered front until I got the Montane Spektr. Seriou...

In Gear Swap » North Face Triumph anorak XL New w/tags
January 28, 1:16pm

Re: Getting away from shells
Depends on the circumstance. After overheating in a Pata H2No Torrentshell the previous day, I went up over a 13k pass during a decent rain wearing no shell, just my REI Sahara and merino 1 short ...

In GEAR » Getting away from shells
January 28, 12:23pm

North Face Triumph anorak XL New w/tags
Black North Face Triumph anorak NWT (XL 6.5 oz) for a waterproof/breathable emergency shell normally left in the pack, like the usual case in the Sierras. Really gossamer feeling stuff since they ...

In Gear Swap » North Face Triumph anorak XL New w/tags
January 28, 11:51am

Re: 3-4 day hike in Rockies
Many loops in the Weminuche wilderness near Durango with Vallecito, Highland Mary THs, ... or take the train to Chicago Basin or Elk Ck. Just above it is the umcomprehage ("Big Blue" on ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 3-4 day hike in Rockies
January 28, 11:22am

Re: MYOG Lightweight tent full build.
Looks sweet for about 600grams. What's the storm rigging plan (if you can share it)?

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Lightweight tent full build.
January 28, 8:13am

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