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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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This is why I don't let people touch my food with their hands. Way too many people go to the bathroom and don't clean their hands afterward. Frankly I'm surprised it's more of a pro...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » POP QUIZ
November 02, 5:51am

What do you mean by "people?" Makes a big difference if the person is 2 years old in a day care center or a backpacker. No one knows for sure the break-down of how people are getting g...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » POP QUIZ
November 01, 6:37am

Re: Looking Good
I used my bear canister where required, otherwise I slept with my food on the PCT. I've used several different types of cord for bear-bagging elsewhere and don't really have a favorite. ...

In Gear Lists » 2014 PCT Nobo
October 28, 6:23am

Consider carefully about taking a 5 year-old thru-hiking the PCT
Personally, I wouldn't dream of it. I saw many fords that would be virtually impossible for a 5 year old without a packraft. My hiking partner nearly lost her life in a crossing, and that's...

In Pre-Trip Planning » PCT thru hike With my 5yr old along for the summer- Northbound or Southbound?
October 15, 7:26am

Looking good
Just scanning through it it looks like some sensible choices. 1/8 CCF Mat: Is this the only sleeping pad you have? If so, have you slept on it? Unless you've slept on it a lot and it's w...

In Gear Lists » 2014 PCT Nobo
October 15, 7:07am

Re: Re: Let's hope things turn out as well for other hikers still out there
Andrea Dinsmore's license plate says PCT MOM on it. Like a typical mom she feels responsible for her "kids," and like most moms she's going to be pretty conservative with her advi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hikers in trouble on Pacific Crest Trail
October 10, 1:15pm

Let's hope things turn out as well for other hikers still out there
Here's what Andrea Dinsmore said on the PCT-L. Words from a long time Trail Angel who has watched for years what can happen to late-season PCT hikers: I believe educating the PCT hikers on w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hikers in trouble on Pacific Crest Trail
October 10, 10:17am

Re: Site Selection
"What drives me nuts is when you have no choice but to use the designated pads." I'm with you. I absolutely love Glacier National Park but they were dropping the ball on some major...

In GEAR » Wet Weather Shelter Philosophy
October 01, 11:28am

A good balaclava is a standard item for me
One of the reasons people have said (hugely exaggerated) that "half your body heat is lost through your head) is that in cold weather we are often covered from head to toe except for bare skin...

In GEAR » Your favorite Warm Hat; Favorite Warm sun hat/system
September 30, 7:56am

I would have done as you did...
And I wouldn't worry about it at all. Sounds like they were doing fine and they had camping gear. Being lost for a bit is not an issue in itself. Happens all the time.

In Philosophy & Technique » What would you have done?
September 23, 2:34pm

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