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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.
My Website URLhttp://www.bucktrack.com

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All Forum Posts by Buck Nelson

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Re: Thanks for the input!
A tent won't block the low arctic sun of "night" but it will make it a little darker which will help. Some people have virtually no issues sleeping when it's light outside as ...

In GEAR » Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer?
May 20, 10:52am

Re: Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer?
I live in Alaska and I don't think I've ever used rain gear that wasn't mosquito proof. Personally I'd be comfortable with choosing appropriate rain gear and assuming it was mosquit...

In GEAR » Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer?
May 16, 8:43am

Perceived vs. actual bear risk
"1 in ten deaths is caused by inactivity http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/lazy-kill-physical-inactivity-responsible-5-millions-deaths-year-article-1.1116883" How many of th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Guy on reddit talks about his Grizzy bear attack where he was blinded...
May 10, 3:51pm

That happened ten years ago
Attacks like that are rare enough that we have to recycle them over and over for years. In fact, I knew exactly what incident it was before reading about it. Fear of bears undoubtedly hurts peo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Guy on reddit talks about his Grizzy bear attack where he was blinded...
May 10, 5:22am

One of the best links for backcountry deaths
http://www.edarnell.com/Stats.htm Falls Hypothermia Drowning Natural Causes Avalanche Those seem to be the big ones, in order. I'm calling the "lost" fatalities hypothermia....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking health risks?
May 10, 4:52am

Sometimes people "know" who stole their stuff, and they're wrong
I'm uncomfortable with any "lynch those other hikers" mentality when, as far as I can tell, we don't even know it WAS other hikers. Balls wrote in his journal "While we hike ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Balls and Sunshine Ripped-off on the CDT!!
May 09, 3:50pm

The Rockwell giardia paper is garbage
Lots of hikers get giardia from water, and there are numerous studies to prove it. The "hygiene is a bigger issue" claims sound convincing but they are not backed up by data. If so, I...

In GEAR » Is Aqua Mira effective against Giardia?
April 14, 7:32pm

Re: Yellowstone River Packrafting
Very nice story and photos. That's cool that you did the upper reaches like that. Last summer I paddled the Yellowstone in a canoe from the Park to the Missouri. Two of us ran Yankee Jim in ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Yellowstone River Packrafting
February 06, 8:06am

You are welcome, German Tourist
You had some good advice on your write-up. I plan to link to it on my site if it's OK. Good luck on your next adventures!

In Post-Trip Reports » Mississippi: Thrupaddle in a folding kayak
February 04, 9:20pm

I like my new Brother sewing machine.
Another satisfied user of a new, cheap, sewing machine. If I were going to start some kind of sewing business, I'd get a high-quality bomber machine. But for the kind of occasional sewing p...

In Make Your Own Gear » They don't build them like they used to... (why you shouldn't buy a cheap modern sewing machine)
February 04, 5:36pm

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