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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: Re: Re: Big storm on the way!
I think it's going to be pretty good news precipitation-wise regardless of where it comes from:

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » California snow depth levels... Jan 2014 vs Jan 2013... frightening stuff!
February 07, 4:33pm

Big storm on the way!
"After a record dry start to the winter, abundant moisture will impact the region over the next 5 days!" US National Weather Service Reno Nevada

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » California snow depth levels... Jan 2014 vs Jan 2013... frightening stuff!
February 07, 2:47pm

50 below zero
No thermometer, 50 below was the low for nearby Bettles Alaska that day. (The high was 45 below.) I can honestly say I was prepared for it. I had two sleeping pads, a sleeping bag and an overbag...

In Winter Hiking » Your coldest night camping?
February 06, 5:55pm

Advice and liability
I don't see liability as being much of an issue. Medical advice is dispensed commonly and freely on this forum as it is: foot care, water treatment (or not,) repetitive use injuries, etc.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Injury forum
February 04, 7:26pm

Injury Forum: Great idea
I like it. Pertains directly to the forum subject matter and a major issue, especially on long hikes.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Injury forum
February 03, 12:26pm

Cuben shelter
Buck, I'm curious, is your Hexamid made with 0.51 or 0.74 cuben? I'm pretty sure it's the 0.51. It was the standard model which I bought 2 years ago. As far as packs go, maybe the...

In GEAR » Anyone used the same piece of cuben gear for more than one thru-hike?
February 03, 8:02am

Cuben should last well beyond one thru-hike for shelters but...
What Andrew F said. My cuben stuff sacks, for example, took a serious beating after one thru-hike, whereas nylon stuff sacks have gone for years with nary a blemish. My Hexamid has lasted f...

In GEAR » Anyone used the same piece of cuben gear for more than one thru-hike?
February 02, 8:18pm

Re: limiting miles
It's true that most people find they have to string together many 20+ mile days to make it to Canada before the big snows, but it doesn't have to be at the beginning. My year, 2010, was a b...

In Philosophy & Technique » Shoes for Pacific Crest Trail
January 31, 9:03am

Balaclavas are one of my favorite pieces of gear
They might be the warmest item per ounce that I carry.

In GEAR » Buff's vs Balaclava for cold temp hiking, which do you prefer?
January 30, 4:26am

Re: Shoes for Pacific Crest Trail
Some sources do suggest a full size larger from the get-go and it seems to work for many people, with the primary reason, apparently, because most people's feet tend to swell. Feet ARE perso...

In Philosophy & Technique » Shoes for Pacific Crest Trail
January 27, 3:57pm

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