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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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Some responses
Tom, You're welcome. The EPA has said [Giardia]Cysts have been found all months of the year in surface waters from the Arctic to the tropics in even the most pristine of surface waters. Giar...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Let's Talk SCIENCE
January 09, 7:11pm

Re: Nelson's errors in a nutshell
A few minutes of Googling is not enough. San Francisco has been treating Hetch Hetchy water with Chlorine or Chloramine since long before Rockwell wrote his paper. In 2004 they switched from chl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Let's Talk SCIENCE
January 09, 10:08am

My new OPsacks leaked
Needless to say I was not impressed.

In GEAR » Durability of OPsacks?
January 07, 5:23pm

More giardia research
This thread is, I believe, by far the best discussion on giardia to every appear on any outdoors forum. I've done more research on the topic that addresses some of the questions we had. On t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Let's Talk SCIENCE
January 05, 10:01am

Re: Are Beer Can Pots Too Fragile?
They are very fragile, but they can be protected. Personally, using a caddy works well for me all the way around. Firstly, because a smashed pot is ruined. A caddy makes the the pot nearly "...

In GEAR » Are Beer Can Pots Too Fragile?
January 05, 6:26am

Consider shipping to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico
I often see people say they will ship "to CONUS only." Consider the following for more potential buyers: 1) Does it cost more to ship to Alaska/Hawaii/Puerto Rico? The answer is a q...

In Gear Swap » Consider shipping to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico
January 01, 3:00pm

I'll take them if...
You'll ship to Alaska. First Class or Priority Mail (Flat Rate Envelope) should cost the same as shipping across the '48. I've shipped to the Lower 48 thousands of times.

In Gear Swap » Ortovox Dachstein Wool Mitts FS
January 01, 7:50am

It's Backpackinglight
Some favorite backpacking gear: Montbell Alpine Light Down Jacket I love that jacket. Warm, light, compressible. Mine weighs 16 oz. It's part of my sleep system. Caldera Keg Stable, eff...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2013 Staff Picks
December 31, 9:19pm

"Unusual stress"
But is a thru hike really an 'unusual stress'? Do most people walk more than usual on a thru-hike? A lot more maybe? Then there are unusual stresses.

In Philosophy & Technique » Long distance thru hikes and feet growth / swelling
December 29, 6:33am

Re: Re: Rattlesnake hazards
That said, statistics are great unless you're "that guy". Once something has already happened, the odds won't change history, but a reasonable grasp of the odds are absolutely...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Safety of sleeping on the ground with no critter protection
December 25, 8:35am

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