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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.
CityDuke City
StateNM
CountryUSA
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Re: Re: Re: Zimmerbuilt frameless pack 21" dark grey diamond Dyneema volumes
@dylan : yes there is a slender hipbelt (almost padded stubs) that fits me at 36-ish (is adjustable in center); probably fit a BV in there vertical (maybe horizontal) but let me check my REI tomorr...

In Gear Swap » Zimmerbuilt frameless packs 21"
May 09, 8:59pm

Re: Zimmerbuilt frameless pack 21" dark grey diamond Dyneema volumes (bump)
Just a bump with some volumes that some have asked about... The Half Dome has a main pack volume of 55 L (measured with fluid filled standard - actual volume wouldn't be as usable with stove...

In Gear Swap » Zimmerbuilt frameless packs 21"
May 09, 6:27pm

Re: UltraUberLoadists - sometimes a should, other times a shouldn't
A couple months ago at Coast camp (Pt. Reyes), some backpacked in their surf boards and a party camp. Sometimes a big pack is needed. Several years back, during a Grand Canyon spring heat wave,...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » the opposite of ultralight
May 09, 3:42pm

Re: 1st post plus Tentative Gear List
With what you feel comfortable with, I could see some significant weight savings in a Henry Shires Tarptent model (some the new versions are double walled). Also a rain jacket - ponchos are rain p...

In Gear Lists » 1st post plus Tentative Gear List
May 09, 2:02pm

Drones in US wilderness
The USFS "discourages" all flights under 2000' above wilderness areas in coordination with the FAA (2326 - USE OF MOTORIZED EQUIPMENT OR MECHANICAL TRANSPORT IN WILDERNESS). Plus, ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Yosemite prohibits drones
May 07, 8:34am

Re: Another trip across Kodiak Island
Great scenery. Which capacity of HMG pack was that?

In Post-Trip Reports » Hiking across Kodiak Island, Alaska
May 06, 8:48pm

Re: Has UL backpacking changed the way you live?
Not really ... yet. I had a goal of doing the long trails in about 10 years from now (when my disco days are presumably over) so there's a paring down and replacing .. probably more about all s...

In Philosophy & Technique » Has UL backpacking changed the way you live?
May 05, 12:21am

Re: Re: White Mtn Wilderness New Mexico (Argentine, Bonito loop) after the burn Spring 2014
Yeah, Eugene, it's shaping up to be a hot June unless some rain starts falling. The FS is really checking campfires so the ranger station will have some info. Just to the south, from the Mesc...

In Post-Trip Reports » White Mtn Wilderness New Mexico (Argentine, Bonito loop) after the burn
May 04, 10:59pm

White Mtn Wilderness New Mexico (Argentine, Bonito loop) after the burn Spring 2014
I decided to take a chance based on the last rainfall on my normal “test hike” a short overnight north of Ruidoso NM. Almost 2 years ago, a bunch of hikers were detoured due a massive wildfi...

In Post-Trip Reports » White Mtn Wilderness New Mexico (Argentine, Bonito loop) after the burn
May 04, 8:50pm

Re: Marin County 100 mile loop, April 6-13, 2014
Thanks for your detailed itinerary Rex. It will definitely help as well as your descriptions on the crowds.

In Post-Trip Reports » Marin County 100 mile loop, April 6-13, 2014
May 04, 8:17pm

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