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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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Stupid light?
Being ten miles into the mountains at 8,000 feet with minimal experience and no shelter is, in my opinion, the very definition of "stupid light." I think it's likely that hypother...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How stupid is it to go into the wilderness without a shelter or survival skills?
May 28, 6:19pm

I definitely wouldn't carry bear spray in the Wind River Range...
unless I knew there was a problem bear on my route. Life is 100% fatal. Bears in the Wind River Range would be right near the bottom of the things I'd worry about. I don't know of a single ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bear Spray in The Winds?
May 28, 5:58pm

Plan for distant animals
You might well get close to some animals, but I'd plan for opportunities for more distant wildlife. You're likely to see distant grizzlies you won't want to approach, and animals like g...

In Photography » Best lenses for hiking in Glacier?
May 28, 8:31am

They took an unnecessary risk
Ten miles from the road at 8,000' is a long way back in. I would bet that 99% of fatal hypothermia cases and rescues on land are closer to a road than that. It sounds like they relied on the we...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How stupid is it to go into the wilderness without a shelter or survival skills?
May 28, 8:18am

I'd plan for mosquitoes
When I hiked the CDT, I think the worst mosquitoes of the entire summer were in Yellowstone the first week of August. I'd bring a shelter with netting.

In GEAR » Tent advice: Yellowstone mosquitos in early July?
May 27, 7:22am

Heavy, cold, wind-blown rain in the face
Just above freezing, a hard wind blowing the rain into my hood. That's pretty brutal!

In GEAR » The worst kind of rain
May 27, 7:10am

Re: Re: Re: Is this stove - windscreen setup safe?
Looks like a great idea to me, Jerry!

In Make Your Own Gear » Is this stove - windscreen setup safe?
May 21, 3:44pm

Re: Thanks for the input!
A tent won't block the low arctic sun of "night" but it will make it a little darker which will help. Some people have virtually no issues sleeping when it's light outside as ...

In GEAR » Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer?
May 20, 10:52am

Re: Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer?
I live in Alaska and I don't think I've ever used rain gear that wasn't mosquito proof. Personally I'd be comfortable with choosing appropriate rain gear and assuming it was mosquit...

In GEAR » Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer?
May 16, 8:43am

Perceived vs. actual bear risk
"1 in ten deaths is caused by inactivity" How many of th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Guy on reddit talks about his Grizzy bear attack where he was blinded...
May 10, 3:51pm

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