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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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Might be a good plan...
based on what you've said so far. Rain pants work for rain, wind, and add considerable warmth. More than once I've even worn dry rain pants in my sleeping bag for additional warmth. One ...

In GEAR » Rain pants for long johns
June 10, 12:23pm

I've hitched from that intersection twice...
when doing a flip when hiking the PCT. Once I paid a local Kennedy Meadows guy $20 to give a friend and I ride down to the road. Then the friend and I hitched north. It was pretty easy. After hi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Parking a car for a two week section of the PCT
June 08, 2:34pm

Great article!
Water treatment and good hygiene practices together will reduce your chances of getting sick as a huge amount of NOLS data has shown. They treat water AND practice good hygiene and have a fraction ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 3: M-SUL Base Weight Gear Lists
June 08, 8:28am

iPhone 4s is a great mult-use tool, and a good not perfect GPS...
An AT&T iPhone 4s was a key item on my gear list for the Desert Trail (a trail of which I'm trying to raise awareness.) The GPS worked very well and I used it as a star map, GPS, camera, to...

In GEAR » Is the Iphone 4s the perfect GPS for the JMT now?
June 08, 7:49am

ULA CDT Experience
I used that awesome pack from Mexico to Canada on the Desert Trail (gear list here.) I carried an EvoPad 83x20x1/2″ I cut it in 3 pieces: 1/2, 1/4, 1/4. I stacked it for sleeping in 2 layers. ...

In GEAR » Sleeping pad for ULA CDT and other packing questions
June 06, 9:42am

Knowledge and good judgment are the first two essentials
Some of the essentials are not always essential. Around here it's not going to get dark for the next few weeks, so I wouldn't carry lighting. But I think it's a good concept and serv...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight and the 10 Essentials
June 06, 7:17am

I usually carry rain pants and sometimes they are vital
I can think of many days where it was raining and windy and cold where rain pants were essential. There have been days where it was so cold and wet that I had to keep walking to stay warm if I didn...

In GEAR » So what is the deal with rain pants?
June 06, 6:46am

I've got two awesome Six Moon Designs shelters
The Wild Oasis and the Lunar Solo. The Lunar Solo is still my favorite single-wall tent.

In GEAR » Very Pleasant Tent from Six Moon Designs
June 03, 1:32pm

Re: Re: People over-react and under-react to potential dangers
Chris said Well, you're assuming "exposure" means hypothermia. My quote is from a CDC paper entitled "Hypothermia-Related Deaths" which says a total of 599 persons in the Un...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How stupid is it to go into the wilderness without a shelter or survival skills?
May 29, 9:23am

People over-react and under-react to potential dangers
Untrue: "But if the weather turned they would get hypothermia and die. It's really that straight forward. You get wet and you die." They might not get hypothermia. They probably would...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How stupid is it to go into the wilderness without a shelter or survival skills?
May 29, 7:40am

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