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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: blackies
60 people killed by [black] bears in 100+ years, many by bears in captivity, or bears conditioned to people. Ill take my chances. There you go. Bears are almost certainly the most over-rated ...

In GEAR » Warding off black bears, what has worked for you??
August 20, 8:45pm

ULA CDT works well for me
I used a CDT on my last thru-hike. Best pack I've ever owned. Comfortable, distributed the load well, held up great. There can be a bit of a learning curve with a pack, even for experts, lit...

In GEAR » Anyone else slightly underwhelmed by ULA packs? [crickets chirping]
August 20, 9:43am

Looks like marmot to me...
and my guess it just happened when it was checking out your bowl, just like a mouse would.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Please help me Identify the culprit of this poo in my bowl outide of my tent
August 11, 5:27pm

Bear spray
Is this perhaps the one you were thinking of?

In GEAR » Bear spray article
July 31, 7:11am

I carry a rain jacket in the mountains, even in summer
It can snow and rain and get below freezing in the high mountains any month of the year. My rain jacket weighs 7 oz. I use it for rain, but also as a wind shell and for warmth. In my opinion it...

In GEAR » Leaving the rain jacket at home... thoughts
July 23, 10:46pm

Re: Another HYOH issue
"I think this is another issue where it's best to not judge." There you go. Typical HYOH theory. It's more fun for everyone that way.

In Philosophy & Technique » 'Trail names'
July 23, 12:42am

My walk through Death Valley
Donation requested for walk and video: $0. Availability: Now. Video Written account

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Solo Death Valley Trek
July 22, 8:58am

Hexamid had been sold.

In Gear Swap » FS: Hexamid Solo Tarp. Olive drab, w/o beak. Used 1 night. 4 oz. (113 grams) $150
July 19, 8:18am

SOLD: Hexamid Solo Tarp. Olive drab, w/o beak. Used 1 night. 4 oz. (113 grams)
To the fellow who has already paid via PayPal.

In Gear Swap » FS: Hexamid Solo Tarp. Olive drab, w/o beak. Used 1 night. 4 oz. (113 grams) $150
July 16, 1:57pm

Re: Is a groundsheet really necessary?
I have never used a groundsheet and I backpack a lot. Personally, I think it's a bad idea to rely on the waterproofness of a tent floor to keep me dry. When I cowboy camp I never use a groun...

In GEAR » Is a groundsheet really necessary?
July 15, 10:12am

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