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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.
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Re: Re: Re: $1500 fee for "commercial" use in USFS wilderness lands
@ Jerry. True but again .... why now? I've seen guided hikes over 10 years ago in the wilderness of the southern Rockies and there's always been horse-packing (lama, goat), fishing guid...

In On the Web » $1500 fee for "commercial" use in USFS wilderness lands
September 26, 7:56am

Re: $1500 fee for "commercial" use in USFS wilderness lands
The reason they are doing this is probably due to exhausting their firefighting budget on these western mega fires for the second year in a row. http://www.outsideonline.com/news-from-the-field/...

In On the Web » $1500 fee for "commercial" use in USFS wilderness lands
September 26, 6:22am

Forest svc budget
Might have to do with generating more revenue since the increase in forest fires has depleted their firefighting budget for the second year in a row. http://www.outsideonline.com/news-from-the-f...

In Chaff » US Forest Service to charge fees or fine for pictures
September 24, 9:47pm

Re: Re: UL at 0° F? Definitely!
Thanks Andy - have you had any problems with Cuben hybrid fiber and low temperatures?

In Winter Hiking » UL at 0° F?
September 24, 1:56pm

Re: Arizona Trail: Late Fall thru-hike
The mountains above and to the east of Tucson, Arizona have had water at the end of every November that I've hiked them (the AZT section around Tucson used to be my post-Thanksgiving hike). Th...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Arizona Trail: Late Fall thru-hike
September 24, 11:04am

JMT photos
Jennifer, great photos a notch above, especially the night photos.

In Post-Trip Reports » JMT photos
September 24, 10:59am

Watching the flash flood?
@GGrey - They are powerful but I try to be elsewhere on vacation during the southwest "monsoons" season myself (usually right after the 4th of July). Many roadways can get flooded too.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why you never camp in a dry wash ...
September 23, 8:12am

Re: Hiker killed in bear attack in northern New Jersey
The victim is reported to be a 22 year old male, so running away isn't the smartest move (provokes the predator chase instinct I've read). Despite being big, black bear can move with aston...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiker killed in bear attack in northern New Jersey
September 22, 12:19pm

Sleeping bag and pack color
For my quilts, one side needs to be black for quicker drying. For summer packs I prefer a subdued color (right now "grid gray" or "black") as to blend in mostly for wildlife b...

In GEAR » color of pack, sleeping bag,...
September 20, 8:04am

Re: The PCT
@ DM, 10-K, Dan and all who hiked the PCT with fairly regular mileage. What were your big gear items and any challegenges (for your own gear or other hikers -- especially those who experienced &qu...

In Philosophy & Technique » THE PCT... FOR ME?
September 19, 9:51am

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