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Hk Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Mostly 2 to 3 day loops, with a couple weeklong trips too, likely going 2 weeks or more with upcoming severance. Lightening up but with an eye towards toughness and hiking convenience (secure drying on the trail. quick set up, etc...), but also a bit better food (and beverage) for most overnights. Then again I might want to do a spartan "fast n'light" overnight ... and the gear closet grows.
I'll update my gear list tomorrow ...
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Solitude in Yukon's winter backcountry
Interesting article with one photo showing a bivy sack I think. Nice photos though one shows a moose being turned into steaks (not too bad). Link should take you to the last slide (with a couple ...

In On the Web » Solitude in Yukon's winter backcountry
December 02, 12:30pm

Camo Re: Lawson Outdoor Equipment Backpack
For wildlife viewing I could see a camo pack. Got surprised by a giant bald eagle, crashing through the upper branches like they were nothing, a couple days ago while hiking up "3 rivers&quo...

In GEAR » Lawson Outdoor Equipment Backpack
December 02, 11:41am

Mtn. Bikes are faster and more powerful ... that's a problem
My initial point is unchanged and that's mountain bikers needs their own trails due to safety. One can say get off trail but in my observation, mtn bikers make their own trails. Disclosure...

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
December 02, 11:10am

Desert adventure race survival (
From 20 yrs past, a desert runner shares his experience before the race got so popular in an article released today: Urine, bat blood ... sounds like g...

In On the Web » Desert adventure race survival (
November 26, 7:35pm

Lighter weight loads but there's also the tendency for frameless packs to roll cylindrically with too much stuff. May bug some people, others not. Add: the old version of the Granite Gear V...

In GEAR » When is a frameless pack practical?
November 26, 2:55pm

Re: Chaff light
Less filling or less flavor? (to paraphrase the old light beer commercial)

In Chaff » Chaff light
November 26, 1:10pm

Re: Los Padres Overnight.
Nice except for the bear sign. Not sure I'd sleep tight. How's the water situation in the creeks up there? (Think I'll ask pre-trip too)

In Post-Trip Reports » Los Padres Overnight.
November 22, 5:42pm

Still layering ...
One of the buildings I work in has a messed up HVAC, so I need to layer. A cold day can trigger a furnace in one part of the building and an icebox in the other. If working summer, I have to assum...

In Philosophy & Technique » Clothes selection
November 20, 7:15pm

Re: Weather for southern AZT and western Grand Enchantment Trail (AZ and NM) in Mid-March to Mid-April
Depends on the snowpack and whether it's a very good year. The western part of NM's GET (around Whitewater Baldy) could have packed snow linger into June. If it is a good year, you can ca...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Weather for southern AZT and western Grand Enchantment Trail (AZ and NM) in Mid-March to Mid-April
November 19, 1:56pm

Re: The Range of Light: Fastpacking the John Muir Trail in Under a Week
Great article, with the trial and tribulations faced (self-doubt, hungry bear altering the gear list, etc...).

In Editor's Roundtable » The Range of Light: Fastpacking the John Muir Trail in Under a Week
November 18, 12:02pm

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