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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.
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All Forum Posts by Buck Nelson

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Re: Help planning Death Valley backpacking?
FWIW I hiked through Marble Canyon on my Desert Trail Hike. I hiked through the Canyon April 2. It was fine that year (2012) but I barely missed some very hot weather a week or so later. I campe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Help planning Death Valley backpacking?
November 21, 7:04pm

Sleeping bag compression issues are real, down usually retains loft for years more
Christine is definitely the real deal, but her experience does not match most people's. For example, I've got a Feathered Friend's down bag I've used for 3 thru-hikes, and a Marmot ...

In GEAR » How Bad is Sleeping Bag Compression?
November 21, 1:45pm

Windscreen/tent stake stand
Years ago when I hiked the A.T. I used a standard MSR windscreen with two aluminum gutter nail stakes driven through it as a pot stand and wind screen. It worked great and I believe was quite effic...

In Make Your Own Gear » Can a plain cylindrical windscreen be the pot support?
November 20, 5:15am

Haven't read the book
I can't help but be a little cynical about how much of their environmentalism is sincere and how much is marketing. Their "Don't buy this jacket" campaign is a good example. &q...

In GEAR » Has reading "Let My People Go Surfing" changed your thoughts on Patagonia's gear and/or company?
November 19, 5:17am

Go warm
No one knows better than you how much insulation you need. You realize already that the CDT is colder and that you were already sleeping too cold on the PCT even with long underwear, silk liner,...

In GEAR » CDT Sleep System Debate!
November 18, 5:15am

Immune sytems, infective dose, etc
Good thoughts people. Randy, I like the way you don't start with the conclusion and work your way backwards! As far as testing for the infectious dose in humans, that has only been done once...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia Outbreak
November 15, 6:08am

MIghty big story to tell!
And he's a busy enough man so he might not get around to telling it here anytime soon. But until then, here's a map of that trek, and his equally huge multi-year trek across the high Arc...

In Post-Trip Reports » Peter Vacco: Please tell us the story of your Mexico to Bering Sea hike on the Continental Divide
November 15, 5:07am

Peter Vacco: Please tell us the story of your Mexico to Bering Sea hike on the Continental Divide
I've never seen an account and it's one of the great feats in hiking history. How did you get the idea? How long did it take? Details please!

In Post-Trip Reports » Peter Vacco: Please tell us the story of your Mexico to Bering Sea hike on the Continental Divide
November 14, 12:53pm

Red ledge has worked well for me
I've done three thru-hikes with Red Ledge Thunderlight parkas and they've performed well. They tend to last for one thru-hike. They aren't the lightest, but I've found them to be a ...

In Gear Deals » Red Ledge Rain Jackets $22
November 13, 4:14pm

Cool cat, Kat!
You have a right to be proud and excited!

In Photography » Got my mountain lion pictures!!! I did it!!
November 13, 4:05pm

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 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 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