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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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"There's Little We Can Do to Prevent Another Massacre"
Worth reading the whole are article with an open mind

In Chaff » Newtown
December 19, 6:01pm

Trail Report
Thanks everyone! I left the border on March 1, and got to Canada on July 11, so it was a total of 4 months and 11 days. That included about 16 days mid-trip picking up empty caches and laying ou...

In Post-Trip Reports » Desert Trail: Mexico to Canada, Highlight Video
December 18, 9:21am

Desert Trail: Mexico to Canada, Highlight Video
I thru-hiked this largely unknown route from Mexico to Canada last spring and summer. I've put together a video of some of the best photos. There are shots of incredible scenery, wildlife, arti...

In Post-Trip Reports » Desert Trail: Mexico to Canada, Highlight Video
December 17, 3:57pm

iPhone can be a battery hog
A big factor for the OP is he's going to be using it as a GPS. I was surprised at how much battery I was going through using my iPhone on the trail compared to at home and it's likely large...

In GEAR » Solar Charging System for CDT Thru-Hike
December 15, 5:33pm

I used an sCharger-5
Used it with my iPhone 4s for months on the Desert Trail and a subsequent adventure. Worked well. Seems like it took about 2 hours to charge the phone up if the battery was very low. I'd have i...

In GEAR » Solar Charging System for CDT Thru-Hike
December 14, 9:23pm

Re: re: Grizzlies
Excellent post, David Chenault. I think you make a good point on the difficulty of making a good, fatal shot with a firearm with a charging bear. Why? People get rattled. Another advantage with ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Grizzly Bear Attacks on the Rise
December 14, 1:14pm

Proper layering in a bag works great
I am totally with Greg on this one. I usually layer in a bag when it's cold. Typically, when it's really cold (during 3-season backpacking) that includes long underwear, warm and dry and cl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Layering while sleeping in a down bag
December 12, 7:54am

Cuben Controversy
I didn't realize this topic was so controversial! First of all in a case like this "Absence of evidence IS evidence of absence." Cuben shelters have been tested extensively and hav...

In GEAR » Cuben fiber failure? Any updates since 2008?
December 12, 7:29am

Denali: A serious adventure
I climbed Denali years ago on a guided expedition. It was one of the most rewarding and dangerous things I've ever done. Don't underestimate how dangerous McKinley is. There are about 1,...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Learning to climb Denali
December 08, 12:30pm

First they should look at the obvious...
Visitations to the area have risen dramatically. Grizzly populations have risen even more dramatically. Would bear spray have prevented any of the handful of fatalities? Maybe, but bear spray u...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Grizzly Bear Attacks on the Rise
December 05, 5:40pm

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