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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: Bear Spray 225g or 325g?
I have spent decades hiking, camping, boating, hunting, and fishing in grizzly country and have never carried spray. I have had a gun with me on occasion when hunting. FWIW just yesterday I was hik...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Spreay 225g or 325g?
June 19, 5:30pm

Re: Re: Re: Outbreak of Giardiasis Associated with Drinking Surface Water Along a Hiking Trail [Aquamira]
The McNett/Aquamira people say: "Under worse case scenarios (really cold and turbid water), it could take up to 4 hours to effectively remove Cryptosporidium" https://mcnett.zendesk.com/...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Outbreak of Giardiasis Associated with Drinking Surface Water Along a Hiking Trail [Aquamira]
June 08, 5:58pm

Outbreak of Giardiasis Associated with Drinking Surface Water Along a Hiking Trail [Aquamira]
This is an interesting paper to me because it supports one of my conclusions, that backcountry water is a significant risk for giardiasis, while putting into question another of my convictions, tha...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Outbreak of Giardiasis Associated with Drinking Surface Water Along a Hiking Trail [Aquamira]
June 08, 2:30pm

Re: Re: This one hits too close to home
I think it is surprising so few people are attacked by bears. Presumably it's because our perceptions don't match reality somehow.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Teenager pulled from hammock by bear in Smokies
June 08, 2:24pm

Re: Re: Re: Some choices that celebrate the wonder of life
I was looking for a quote, I can't find it so I must have it wrong but I thought it was by Reinhold Messner, and he had said something like "Is your life worth your death?" No matter ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dean Potter dies in yosemite
May 20, 1:55pm

Re: Some choices that celebrate the wonder of life
Proximity flying https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF214wDC4L8 In addition to that nightmarish flight in Colorado, the 38-year-old Jeb Corliss has had several other unenviable experiences, such a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dean Potter dies in yosemite
May 20, 11:55am

Re: Re: Dean Potter dies in yosemite
"Sometimes I wonder if Skurka died on his wilderness hike if he would be put in the same category as Timmy Treadwell and Christopher McCandless." By some people, no doubt. But I don...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dean Potter dies in yosemite
May 19, 11:41am

Good choices for the person we are now, and the person we will become
I think many people are so worried about the person they will become that they forget to live now: people working at jobs they hate so that they can make enough money to retire comfortably someday ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dean Potter dies in yosemite
May 19, 10:48am

Re: Re: The bear hunted him': B.C. camper killed by black bear didn’t stand a chance
There's a world of difference between "many black bears are predatory" and "many of the very, very rare fatal black bear attacks are predatory." It's not just semantics....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » ‘The bear hunted him': B.C. camper killed by black bear didn’t stand a chance
May 13, 4:38pm

Re: Re: ‘The bear hunted him': B.C. camper killed by black bear didn’t stand a chance
"And remember, even the leading expert on bear attacks confirmed many black bears are predatory" I don't think that's what he said and I don't think that's reality. If ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » ‘The bear hunted him': B.C. camper killed by black bear didn’t stand a chance
May 13, 3:42pm

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