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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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Giardia in the backcountry
Since the symptoms of a giardia infection don't show up for anywhere up to 3 weeks, how do you really know if you got it from back-country sources? Even Welch, perhaps the most quoted skepti...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » POP QUIZ
November 03, 5:15am

About 2% of North Americans have giardiasis
According to the CDC. People might build some immunity to a certain strain(s) leaving other strains for which they might have none. Facts matter.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » POP QUIZ
November 02, 1:01pm

This is why I don't let people touch my food with their hands. Way too many people go to the bathroom and don't clean their hands afterward. Frankly I'm surprised it's more of a pro...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » POP QUIZ
November 02, 5:51am

What do you mean by "people?" Makes a big difference if the person is 2 years old in a day care center or a backpacker. No one knows for sure the break-down of how people are getting g...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » POP QUIZ
November 01, 6:37am

Re: Looking Good
I used my bear canister where required, otherwise I slept with my food on the PCT. I've used several different types of cord for bear-bagging elsewhere and don't really have a favorite. ...

In Gear Lists » 2014 PCT Nobo
October 28, 6:23am

Consider carefully about taking a 5 year-old thru-hiking the PCT
Personally, I wouldn't dream of it. I saw many fords that would be virtually impossible for a 5 year old without a packraft. My hiking partner nearly lost her life in a crossing, and that's...

In Pre-Trip Planning » PCT thru hike With my 5yr old along for the summer- Northbound or Southbound?
October 15, 7:26am

Looking good
Just scanning through it it looks like some sensible choices. 1/8 CCF Mat: Is this the only sleeping pad you have? If so, have you slept on it? Unless you've slept on it a lot and it's w...

In Gear Lists » 2014 PCT Nobo
October 15, 7:07am

Re: Re: Let's hope things turn out as well for other hikers still out there
Andrea Dinsmore's license plate says PCT MOM on it. Like a typical mom she feels responsible for her "kids," and like most moms she's going to be pretty conservative with her advi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hikers in trouble on Pacific Crest Trail
October 10, 1:15pm

Let's hope things turn out as well for other hikers still out there
Here's what Andrea Dinsmore said on the PCT-L. Words from a long time Trail Angel who has watched for years what can happen to late-season PCT hikers: I believe educating the PCT hikers on w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hikers in trouble on Pacific Crest Trail
October 10, 10:17am

Re: Site Selection
"What drives me nuts is when you have no choice but to use the designated pads." I'm with you. I absolutely love Glacier National Park but they were dropping the ball on some major...

In GEAR » Wet Weather Shelter Philosophy
October 01, 11:28am

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