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HK Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Started backpacking in 1998 in my early 30's- US with some global travel (Pacific, Europe, Asia, northern Mexico). Semi-retired from govt type work, now working 2-3 contracts per yr, trying to keep summer and winter free to backpack, mountain-bike,snowshoe. Here to hike maybe a bit more further, faster while still enjoying scenery, as I still haven't discovered the fountain of youth. Have a 20F kit, .. starting on a 45F one, maybe a deeper winter one (all interchangeable) need to update gear list.
CityDuke City
StateNM
CountryUSA
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Re: War on Isis unconstitutional
It's complicated as an American. The Democrats leadership wing will never let the Republicans tag them again as soft on defense, after being blamed for abandoning South Vietnam -part of the ri...

In Chaff » The Question of Militarism/Empire
September 12, 3:42pm

Pecos wilderness closure history
This decade, the Pecos was closed right after Memorial Day 2011 for fire danger and then again June 2013 for fire danger/actual fire. Last decade, it was closed once in the early 2000's. Th...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Good early June backpacking areas
September 12, 9:54am

Re: Name the Potty Trowel
+1 on the iPoo, though you need to wonder if that's trademarked. How about the "Crap Scratch Fever"?

In Gear Deals » Name the Potty Trowel
September 12, 6:19am

Re: Re: Foraging
Plants and even parts will be protected under state and not federal rules unless endangered (was added to various collectors permits back when taking college classes, so a little familiar). I wo...

In Philosophy & Technique » LEAVE NO TRACE
September 11, 10:03pm

Re: Pecos Wilderness
Lake basins and drainages all have trees. Weather can be variable (sunny, rainy, hail, etc..),but I've always carry std 3-season gear in June with no issues. It will be mostly dry unless New ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Good early June backpacking areas
September 11, 8:56pm

Perspective on LNT (mine)
On the other hand, can't be too prissy. Cows, sheep, horse, and wildlife go where they please. Just human waste is even more of an eyesore and can carry diseases to afflict other humans in ad...

In Philosophy & Technique » LEAVE NO TRACE
September 11, 8:47pm

Keeping it simple (Poo stew link)
Making this too complicated. Read a couple blog posts about PCT thru hikers setting up a camp in the dark only to discover barely covered kwap next to their sleeping area the next morning - not re...

In Philosophy & Technique » LEAVE NO TRACE
September 11, 7:45pm

Re: Zips
Interesting advice Dan (+1 on the congrats) and giving me ideas about my next shelters (my poor PayPal account!) .... but looking at MLD's website they use #3 zippers on their inner tents curre...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
September 11, 11:59am

Best pack in the world...Arc-blast vs Zimmerbuilt
@Andy J Having used both they are very different packs. The Arc Blast is comfortable with the best ventilation I've experienced with a backpack but now the load is a bit off the back by de...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Best Backpack in the Whole Wide World
September 11, 11:28am

Weight: All-dyneema Zimmerbuilt with frame pouch
My last almost all -dyneema Zimmerbuilt ZB-2 came in at 21 ounces (pack only - no frame) at 10"x6"x23" or about 30 liter-ish main pack area (40L or so with pockets?) using a gray Dyn...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Best Backpack in the Whole Wide World
September 10, 7:23pm

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