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HK Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Started backpacking in 1998 in my early 30's- US with some global travel (Pacific, Europe, Asia, northern Mexico). Semi-retired from govt type work, now working 2-3 contracts per yr, trying to keep summer and winter free to backpack, mountain-bike,snowshoe. Here to hike maybe a bit more further, faster while still enjoying scenery, as I still haven't discovered the fountain of youth. Have a 20F kit, .. starting on a 45F one, maybe a deeper winter one (all interchangeable) need to update gear list.
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StateNM
CountryUSA
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Re: The long fleece beanie
I had one (REI store brand)used for sleep, rolled up, or rolled down over the ears - very versatile. Eventually it's been so burned by campfire (always get the pyromaniacs when I go out in a g...

In GEAR » The long fleece beanie
April 30, 4:04pm

Re: Training for Backpacking
Good summary of periodization applied to backpacking. Think everyone tries to get some smaller hikes in before a big hike, but this article gives more specific tips to invigorate those "trai...

In Editor's Roundtable » Training for Backpacking
April 30, 9:27am

Re: "Don't buy expensive ___; put your money toward good ___."
I'd say cuben: sil right now for regular pace backpacking. After shopping for a cuben replacement (w/optional hanging net) for my TT SW Moment and realizing for my sleeping size (my feet exten...

In GEAR » "Don't buy expensive ___; save your money and buy good _____."
April 30, 9:18am

Re: Re: "REGIONAL PACK WEIGHT DIFFERENCES"
For warm desert, many of the gear ideas can work - minimal shelter, quilt, and clothing. Saving pounds of gear weight for water to making the hike a little bit easier, faster, and more pleasant. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » REGIONAL PACK WEIGHT DIFFERENCES
April 28, 11:42pm

Regional Pack Differences
Most here weigh gear as "base-weight" but that does not include your consumables (food, water). Not a problem in an environment with fresh streams, but in desert/arid/drought-struck envir...

In Philosophy & Technique » REGIONAL PACK WEIGHT DIFFERENCES
April 28, 11:03pm

Tents and tarptents
Tarptents are fantastic shelters, combining protection with low weight. Just make sure you know what you want in a couples shelter before buying though. I have a Tarptent for solo which isn't...

In GEAR » acceptance into UL backpacking. the tent!
April 28, 12:44pm

Re: A tent's ability to withstand heavy rain
Last year I had a Moment (SW-2011 ver) in a few hours of wind driven rain along the Colorado border and the fabric was fine. Only where my seam-sealing wasn't complete did I have a small leak ...

In GEAR » A tent's ability to withstand heavy rain
April 27, 10:22pm

Re: Summer 4-5 day trips around mid america
Looks ok for regular old backpacking and traveling, especially if you stay at a developed campsite and you've got one set of gear to serve multiple purposes. There are some high mountains in t...

In Gear Lists » Summer 4-5 day trips around mid america
April 27, 6:19pm

Re: Where to Buy Trekking Poles in Germany or Switzerland
nm - wrong part of Germany

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where to Buy Trekking Poles in Germany or Switzerland
April 27, 5:57pm

SOLD
There was several gear items sold yesterday (didn't get them all) and a couple sold today. .... Sometimes a potential buyer or seller goes out of town too, as I've had two potential...

In Chaff » The Gearswap is a barameter for the economy.
April 27, 12:32pm

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