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HK Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Started backpacking in 1998 in my early 30's- US with some global travel (Pacific, Europe, Asia, northern Mexico). Semi-retired from govt type work, now working 2-3 contracts per yr, trying to keep summer and winter free to backpack, mountain-bike,snowshoe. Here to hike maybe a bit more further, faster while still enjoying scenery, as I still haven't discovered the fountain of youth. Have a 20F kit, .. starting on a 45F one, maybe a deeper winter one (all interchangeable) need to update gear list.
CityDuke City
StateNM
CountryUSA
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Fleece or Puffy
I was planning on bringing a lighter fleece like Patagonia's R1 but I got away with just a NanoPuff hoody last month on the coast. It was unusually warm, so I did not have to wear any insulati...

In Gear Lists » Western USA Gear List
April 24, 2:25pm

A balanced view
BLM does sell or lease their land holdings all the time, .... if you live in the interior West, you know. The issue here is the very small fee for grazing on public land that he (Bundy) has let bu...

In Chaff » Bundy......A True American Hero?
April 24, 11:25am

Re: Western USA Gear List
The coast gets hit with storms but not sure you (assuming you aren't carrying for two) would need both the fleece hoody and puffy. Might need them both if you are in Salt Lake for Janurary tho...

In Gear Lists » Western USA Gear List
April 24, 9:24am

Re: Re: Overthinking
I'd just go with the ports if you feel like there's a potential of using a hydration bladder.

In GEAR » Hydration port on a pack bag vs. running hose out the side of a roll top closure?
April 24, 9:13am

For old tyme cotton pickin' too it seems ..
A reporter got this quote from Bundy (registered Republican who is now giving daily new conferences), published yesterday: “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” ... ...

In Chaff » Bundy......A True American Hero?
April 24, 8:41am

Re: An Introduction to Simple Fly Fishing
Neat except with some philosophy to boot. A fly-fishing buddy of mine mentioned cheap gear rom a discount retailer (yeah, that one) is how he started newbies (though he could afford a pretty expen...

In Editor's Roundtable » An Introduction to Simple Fly Fishing
April 23, 8:23pm

Learning curve
I prefer solo as it gives more options for regular old backpacking. My first solo attempt was in a drizzle, but a private landowner stopped letting hikers use a right of way. Returning in the dri...

In Philosophy & Technique » Irrational Solo Fear
April 23, 8:12pm

Re: 20-23 Days/Nights to Backpack...
If uncomfortable with pure desert, maybe the higher grasslands of New Mexico and perhaps lower altitude Colorado (see PMags post trip report)? Just look at trails with a perennial water supply an...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 20-23 Days/Nights to Backpack...
April 23, 2:12pm

Why reinvent the wheel?
I just gave Alex a link from some women who did a South American traverse (using REI sleeping bags augmented with insulate clothing) in her other thread and then called it a day. http://eathikes...

In On the Web » REI HAS THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE ON THE PLANET!
April 23, 10:27am

Re: Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 4
Storing everything while gone for so long makes sense but like the return plan (take over a lease as another family departs on their adventure).

In Editor's Roundtable » Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 4
April 22, 10:50pm

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