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HK Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Started backpacking about 98. Semi-retired from a govt type job working on the side. Here to hike more comfortably and maybe a bit faster iot experience scenic hikes. Done with my 20F kit, .. starting on a 45F one (both interchangable UL to semi SUL whatever that is).

Gear list was for 3 days but made it almost as a "24-hour" adventure (like 25 hours) using the Z-pack
Statethe West is the Best
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Re: Are We Going Soft? Asks the BMC's Carey Davies
A little adversity might make a short, slow overnight into a satisfying adventure as I recently found out. Normally I do not mind a little rain or even some minor snow flurries, ..but going up int...

In Philosophy & Technique » Are We Going Soft? Asks the BMC's Carey Davies
November 22, 8:48am

Re: Vertical effects...
Most trails have you start off going up 1000 ft. minimum but many times even more. The up needs to be accounted for. Depending on knee problems, so should the down.

In Pre-Trip Planning » What are your daily hiking mileage goals?
November 22, 8:44am

Snow peak
That little Snow peak tent just may be the ticket, except for storing the pack (guess outside wrapped in a large garbage bag?) and everything else. I have the BA Sarvis 1+ in eVent fabric (legal w...

In GEAR » winter tents
November 20, 12:49pm

Re: WTB: ULA Circuit Packs

In Gear Swap » WTB - ULA Circuit packs
November 20, 12:33pm

FS: Exped Downmat 7UL , new never used, hand pump

In Gear Swap » FS: Exped Downmat 7UL short (64"), new never used, hand pump $120
November 19, 8:41am

Natural vs. synthetic
Most clothing for daily wear tends to favor some sort of natural fiber (excluding the 1970's Ron Burgundy type polyester suits from Anchorman), whereas outdoor clothing has progressed into synt...

In GEAR » Balancing vanity, utility, and economy
November 18, 4:36pm

Re: Serious problems with cell phone 911 call locations
After finishing a Point Reyes backpack in late 2010, I turned on my cell phone driving towards Fairfax CA and was shocked with a "no service" in the northern part of the Bay Area. Maybe...

In GEAR » Serious problems with cell phone 911 call locations
November 18, 10:50am

Re: Any Enigma Quilt Reports???
I received my 20F (reg, long) Enigma recently and used it this past weekend ...but the low was only in the mid- 30's. I was pretty hot and let the sides loose( but I sleep hot ... but I went t...

In GEAR » Any Enigma Reports???
November 18, 8:34am

Apache Kid wilderness 24 (a sleet filled gear test .. lightweight, trad, and superheavy)
Friday, I got away for a quick 24 hour trip (due to work) to the Apache Kid wilderness between Albuquerque NM and Las Cruces NM. It is a seldom visited wilderness area and about 30 minutes on grav...

In Post-Trip Reports » Apache Kid wilderness 24 (a sleet filled gear test .. lightweight, trad, and superheavy)
November 17, 5:32pm

Southbound CDT Thru
Definitely good stuff. As for spending more time in each, been thinking it might be worth getting a vehicle, parking it at the TH at each, … the Gila, San Juan's, etc.. and spending several ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Southbound CDT Thru
November 17, 4:53pm

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