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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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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

Re: Re: Re: 3 season sleeping bag for Sierras
"I appreciate the responses and insights. I think I'm leaning towards the 20* bag, particularly since I don't really have puffy clothes, and I sleep cold." That and the rest of...

In GEAR » 3 season sleeping bag for Sierras
January 23, 6:08am

Re: Tarp, Tent, or Bivvy
Never been a bivvy fan. Not enough room, and too much interior condensation in my commonly frequented conditions. Tents are OK, but heavier than my favorite shaped tarps. My favorite is the Zpacks ...

In GEAR » Tarps vs tents vs bivys: What's your $0.02?
January 22, 10:44am

Looks like I had 6 liters carrying capacity
Had to look it up. I honestly don't remember how far the max distance to carry water was. My carrying capacity was plenty, though, and I rarely fille...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Water Capacity for 2014 April 16th Thru Hike
January 20, 8:24pm

Re: Whereas I wouldn't
If you were on a jury would you vote "guilty" based on the evidence to this point?

In On the Web » Canine thru-hike of CDT
January 19, 7:02pm

I'd go slow on accusations
She answered the questions. Speculation that she's working the system is only speculation, it's not enough to publicly smear someone's reputation especially when it might be completely ...

In On the Web » Canine thru-hike of CDT
January 19, 5:16pm

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