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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.
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All Forum Posts by Buck Nelson

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Re: Brooks Range Baselayer Help
So in this sense you mean your standard next-to-skin layer? If so the Patagonia Capiline 4 Hoody would be too warm when hiking on warm days. I think any of the baselayers you already have will w...

In Gear Lists » Gates of the Artic National Park Alaska - August
April 30, 7:53pm

Re: Re: Suntactics sCharger-5
"How long do your panels take to provide a full phone charge?" My iPhone 4s will recharge from nearly depleted to 100% in about two hours of good sun. Most trips for me a solar pane...

In GEAR » solar chargers - Suntactics, Poweradd
April 30, 8:02am

Suntactics sCharger-5
I can tell you that my Suntactics sCharger-5 is a real solar charger. If you want a battery the Poweradd Apollo (if that's the one you're referring to) would be a better choice. Looks to me...

In GEAR » solar chargers - Suntactics, Poweradd
April 29, 10:35pm

Re: Re: Re: re: Itkillik River crossing
Bob, river crossings can be anywhere from ankle deep to swimming deep. Needless to say, just like in the Sierra, people tend to get themselves in trouble with water that is a combination of too dee...

In Gear Lists » Brooks Range, 10 days, June 2015
April 27, 7:31pm

Re: re: Itkillik River crossing
You shouldn't have trouble crossing any rivers as long as you are patient and smart and plan ahead. It might mean walking upstream many miles, or spending hours looking for good, braided places...

In Gear Lists » Brooks Range, 10 days, June 2015
April 27, 6:16pm

Looks like a pretty good list
Depending on where you land, you should be able to hang your food nearby. There are some fairly big trees around Circle Lake and the Alatna River. Just do a good job hanging your food, between two ...

In Gear Lists » Brooks Range, 10 days, June 2015
April 27, 9:14am

Gravity system with Aqua Mira as backup
That would be my choice.

In GEAR » Water Treatment For Three People?
April 27, 8:04am

Well done, J├Ârgen
I enjoyed your writing and the photos. Congratulations on your adventure!

In Editor's Roundtable » Solo across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Brooks Range, Alaska
April 23, 2:35pm

#1 adjustment: my attitude
There have been some good suggestions here that will help, no doubt, but simple tolerance is equally important. I spent 70 days in the rain forest of SE Alaska last summer. Needless to say there...

In GEAR » Is it even possible to stay dry in a rain forest? Should I just give up?
April 18, 6:22am

Alaska Outdoors Forum
Might be worth a try:

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Where should I sell the worlds warmest sleeping bag? (inflatable + goose down)
April 05, 4:00pm

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 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 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