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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: Re: Rebuttal to Krakauer's version of how McCandless died
Yes, he's not a fan of Krakauer but I'd have to say the gist of his opinion is supported by most Alaskans. That doesn't make him, or Alaskans, right of course. I'm a big fan of t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How Chris McCandless Died
September 17, 2:12pm

Camp hatchets: rarely necessary, leave scars
For a fixed camp a small axe can be handy. For backpacking I never carry one so the lightest hatchet would be no hatchet. Another thing to consider on weight is the lighter the head of the hatchet ...

In GEAR » SUL Camp Hatchet
September 17, 8:29am

Truly impressive photography
Difficult to get such quality for most of us.

In Photo Gallery » Star shots
September 02, 11:01am

Interesting article
I read through Ronald Hamilton's article on lathyrism from the eating the seeds of the hedysarum alpinum. I am a hard sell on that point because there have been theories flung out there about p...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Into the Wild
August 23, 6:03pm

McCandless was a victim of his own bad judgment
In my opinion he "didn't do great" out there. He died. And he didn't die from some unforeseeable run of bad luck or an unfortunate accident. And he didn't die because those se...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Into the Wild
August 22, 11:23pm

Re: blackies
60 people killed by [black] bears in 100+ years, many by bears in captivity, or bears conditioned to people. Ill take my chances. There you go. Bears are almost certainly the most over-rated ...

In GEAR » Warding off black bears, what has worked for you??
August 20, 8:45pm

ULA CDT works well for me
I used a CDT on my last thru-hike. Best pack I've ever owned. Comfortable, distributed the load well, held up great. There can be a bit of a learning curve with a pack, even for experts, lit...

In GEAR » Anyone else slightly underwhelmed by ULA packs? [crickets chirping]
August 20, 9:43am

Looks like marmot to me...
and my guess it just happened when it was checking out your bowl, just like a mouse would.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Please help me Identify the culprit of this poo in my bowl outide of my tent
August 11, 5:27pm

Bear spray
Is this perhaps the one you were thinking of? http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/bpl_v8_bear_deterrents_pdf.html

In GEAR » Bear spray article
July 31, 7:11am

I carry a rain jacket in the mountains, even in summer
It can snow and rain and get below freezing in the high mountains any month of the year. My rain jacket weighs 7 oz. I use it for rain, but also as a wind shell and for warmth. In my opinion it...

In GEAR » Leaving the rain jacket at home... thoughts
July 23, 10:46pm

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