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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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It's good to think outside the box...
but I suspect it wouldn't work because there wouldn't be enough heat to drive the moisture out of all that insulation. Plus, if it's normal night-time moisture buildup there's reall...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » dry a sleeping bag with a Hothands?
December 29, 6:40pm

Go slow on abandoning a food bag to stall a bear
I respectfully think that that should virtually never be done. Bears approach people often. I've had grizzlies (and black bears) run at me many times. Virtually always it was because they di...

In GEAR » Carrying food in bear country?
December 29, 6:34pm

My Picks for 2012
1. iPhone. I was walking and paddling for months this year and it was my first time with a smartphone. It was an extremely useful tool. I used it as a camera, GPS, map, journal tool, phone, star ch...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 29, 12:31pm

No need to be overly worried
I don't worry even the tiniest bit about sealed food infusing odors into my gear or pockets during the day. Most long distance hikers do not have a second set of cooking clothes to hang in t...

In GEAR » Carrying food in bear country?
December 29, 7:08am

"Lost our moral compasses?"
We have lost our way and misplaced our moral compasses. Presumably "we" are the people of the United States. Have we really lost our moral compasses? Is there a single person here that...

In Chaff » Newtown
December 25, 11:33am

Just for the record
That George Washington quote is made up.

In Chaff » Newtown
December 25, 6:35am

Re: Interesting
I think a Giardia vaccine would make a big difference. While the majority of backcountry illness is not Giardia, I think it's likely the majority of serious (as in having to seek treatment) gas...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Giardia Vaccine
December 24, 7:11pm

Re: Desert Trail: Mexico to Canada, Highlight Video
Thanks Charles, I agree with you about the desert. The desert has it's own magic, and the openness and solitude are major components of the mystique. Thanks to you, too Hoot. That T.K Whippl...

In Post-Trip Reports » Desert Trail: Mexico to Canada, Highlight Video
December 22, 1:58pm

Re: "Newtown"
Jeffrey, There were quite a few straw man arguments wielded against me there. Buck, you're probably against serving healthier food to children in schools because many children remain fat ...

In Chaff » Newtown
December 20, 11:39pm

Re: Re Obesity
That's exactly my point Mike, people aren't looking at things rationally or they would let well-briefed kids run around outside. It's much more dangerous worrying about things that are ...

In Chaff » Newtown
December 20, 12:46pm

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