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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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Water, hygiene and more
One of the very best studies is "Medical risks of wilderness hiking" METHODS: In a prospective surveillance study, 334 persons who hiked...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I probably have Giardia.. and it's no fun :-(
April 21, 5:30am

The law, not the biggest militia, should prevail
The law is pretty clear. Bundy is in the wrong. The BLM has been trying to settle this peacefully for 20 years. Bundy said I don't recognize the United States government as even existing How...

In Chaff » Bundy......A True American Hero?
April 17, 10:26am

You are right. Bear attacks are rare.
"Attacks are rare, and no one has been killed or seriously injured by a black bear in Yosemite."

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » bear attack history in Yosemite
March 29, 6:51am

Suntactics sCharger-5
I have one and have carried it many miles. The manufacturer doesn't recommend hanging them from a backpack but I wanted to try it. I drilled holes in the corners and used mini bungees to han...

In Make Your Own Gear » Suntactics mounting tips needed
March 25, 9:39pm

Some thoughts...
You mentioned taking a few months in Colorado to prepare for desert hiking. How much general backpacking experience do you have now? Your planned hike is an enormous endeavor. If you don't have...

In Gear Lists » Tentative List - Thru Hike Noob
March 20, 6:16pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
Well, Sleeping with your food in bear country is a lot like playing Russian Roulette five times with a five shot pistol. It is not a matter of "if", more a matter of "when." ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
March 20, 5:26am

Premixing not something I'm interested in
For one thing, AquaMira specifically recommends against it. If premixing risks making the treatment less effective I'm not interested. Secondly, premixing addresses a problem that doesn'...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » AquaMira 3 dropper system?
March 18, 6:02pm

Location, location, location
I try to avoid places where the wind hit's hard, especially when rain may hammer down. It's asking for trouble, even as far as a peaceful sleep free of flapping tarp material goes. I loo...

In GEAR » Tarp camping in the rain
March 12, 2:55am

I sleep
I do very few "camping trips." Most of my trips are hikes, hunts, fishing trips, river trips or bike trips. Regardless of which of these activities I'm doing usually it's dawn to...

In Philosophy & Technique » How Do You Occupy Self during Evening/Downtime when Solo?
March 06, 5:24am

Re: CDT gear lists
Looks like a pretty good list. If you are a cold sleeper I think bringing that warmer down jacket is a wise idea. The CDT is a cold trail. I had a 16 oz down jacket and used it as part of my sl...

In Gear Lists » CDT gear lists
March 04, 6:11pm

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