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HK Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Winter backpacking in the Sunbelt (just started 6 weeks off). Heavy gear in the mid-90's when I was young and stoopid, then went lightweight in the 00's, and finally down to UL in Dec 2013 over 15 yrs (older and er, ...)

I'll update my gear list tomorrow ...
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All Forum Posts by HK Newman

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Re: Reasonable vs unreasonable
If an item has provided a reasonable lifespan, I'd be loathe to return it. If it failed almost out of the box or off the showroom floor a return is in order. Complicating this is a lifetime...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » REI return policy
July 29, 6:14am

Bear spray
@Justin - the spray has been tested against bears, some requiring 2 sprays from the canister (iirc - black bear), with anecdotal evidence against charging bison plus other Rockies critters. Howeve...

In On the Web » Glacier NP, Texan, Bear spray and gunshot
July 28, 8:09pm

Re: The trail food you just can't stand.
GORP ... Grew tired of that 10years ago

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » The trail food you just can't stand.
July 28, 5:55pm

Re: Pack size for UL thru-hiking - 40L too small?
Could check out the PCT Blogs see what everyone is carrying (ULA,GG,osprey, ray-way,etc...) and how they handled their food/bear canisters

In GEAR » Pack size for UL thru-hiking - 40L too small?
July 28, 5:46pm

Re: Re: Re: Glacier NP, Texan, Bear spray and gunshot
Call me a skeptic but something a little fishy about the story. Bear spray has been shown to repel a Grizz off of a food source, so not sure of it "not working". It could be the attemp...

In On the Web » Glacier NP, Texan, Bear spray and gunshot
July 28, 5:21pm

Re: Safety in the backcountry
...In fact, the only times I've ever had problems with people was near a road or in an easily accessible camping area. Problems including inappropriate gun discharge /bullets whizzing over our...

In Philosophy & Technique » Safety in the backcountry
July 27, 6:30am

Re: WTB: Daypack
I have a REI flash 18 or 20 from last year that is a little excess (place to hold bladder, no pockets, but dual daisy chains). It is in good shape but the letterings coming off you're interest...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Daypack
July 26, 2:35pm

FS: ArcBlast 22" tall gray
SOLD (but leaving up details) Arc Blast Backpack (gently used on trails during 2 national Park overnights, Volume: 60 Liters , Color: Gray + Gray w/Black water pockets/netting/straps , Torso Height...

In Gear Swap » FS: ArcBlast 22" tall gray
July 26, 10:08am

Girl Scouts spotted
@Mike G: actually most of the large groups I've seen from the rugged desert mountains of New Mexico to the beaches of California's Point Reyes have been Girl Scouts (though once an all-gir...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Millennials and the Backcountry
July 25, 3:41pm


In Gear Swap » FS: Enlightened equipment enigma 40F reg/wide
July 24, 6:19pm

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