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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. Debating whether to go 2 weeks or more. Lightening up but with an eye towards toughness and hiking convenience (secure drying on the trail. quick set up, etc...)
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Re: New PCT record, again
I think these supported/unsupported records are fairly interesting HYOH and all that, though there should be a "dawn to dusk" category IMO,.... of course, substantiated by SPOT and naval ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New PCT record, again
August 20, 6:13pm

Osprey and Patagonia
Osprey repaired and reinforced a burst zipper on a travel pack I sent them. Patagonia likewise has either replaced zippers or, if too much of a hassle, sent a replacement item. Jansport has a leg...

In GEAR » People's experiences with warranties?
August 19, 11:49am

Changes to Maroon Bells bear policy coming very soon...
Before starting and during a recent trip to the area, the west maroon drainage started having bear problems (grabbing improperly hung food bags. ripping apart unattended packs, and, apparently, int...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Changes to Maroon Bells bear policy coming ...
August 16, 11:05pm

Changes Re: Maroon Bells 4 Pass Loop
Randy: the views were spectacular maybe a few dull feet out of 26 miles, ...though I sort of would have liked a little more time in camp vs. an awful lot of campers concentrated away from crater la...

In Post-Trip Reports » Maroon Bells 4 Pass Loop (45 hrs vs 4 days)
August 16, 10:56pm

Re: Re: Question for Snowmass/ Maroon Bells Clothing
Just finished the loop in soft-shell like shorts+REI Sahara tech LS shirt, ... but I was hiking. Once finished, the rainjacket, R1 jacket, and capilene 1's went on in camp. Wouldn't say I...

In Gear Lists » Question for Snowmass/ Maroon Bells Clothing
August 15, 11:59pm

Maroon Bells 4 Pass Loop (45 hrs vs 4 days)
Completed my dream trip in Colorado's Maroon Bells 4 pass loop north of Aspen CO taking approximately 2 days instead of the 4 for backpacking the loop thru. Intro picture of range: Route ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Maroon Bells 4 Pass Loop (45 hrs vs 4 days)
August 15, 10:24pm

Re: Re: Re: Pecos Wilderness in the Fall
John, your plan about Truchas and the Pecos is a classic small loop, though there's others out there (Windsor,etc.. are all good destinations too). The area north of Panchuelta got hit really ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Pecos Wilderness in the Fall
August 11, 10:17pm

Re: Pecos Wilderness in the Fall
Been out a couple times. The burn is north of Jacks ck. / Panchuelta TH obliterating south facing slopes, but the trail crews did a great job just north of Jacks Ck. I also saw headlamps going u...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Pecos Wilderness in the Fall
August 11, 4:42pm

Re: Re: SUL Thru-Hiking the Trans Catalina Trail
Great trip. Out there south of Two Harbors doing some fieldwork April '13 (staying in accommodations), we saw backpackers but wondered where they got their water ... mystery solved. Unique pl...

In Post-Trip Reports » SUL Thru-Hiking the Trans Catalina Trail
August 06, 10:01pm

Superstitions
Yeah, I enjoyed the canyon last December, so +1 on that. My only experience in the greater Phoenix area itself is the Superstitions specifically Reavis ranch, doing my two backpacks over 2 3-da...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Arizona in December - trip suggestions?
August 05, 9:40am

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