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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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Looks like a pretty good list
Depending on where you land, you should be able to hang your food nearby. There are some fairly big trees around Circle Lake and the Alatna River. Just do a good job hanging your food, between two ...

In Gear Lists » Brooks Range, 10 days, June 2015
April 27, 9:14am

Gravity system with Aqua Mira as backup
That would be my choice.

In GEAR » Water Treatment For Three People?
April 27, 8:04am

Well done, J├Ârgen
I enjoyed your writing and the photos. Congratulations on your adventure!

In Editor's Roundtable » Solo across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Brooks Range, Alaska
April 23, 2:35pm

#1 adjustment: my attitude
There have been some good suggestions here that will help, no doubt, but simple tolerance is equally important. I spent 70 days in the rain forest of SE Alaska last summer. Needless to say there...

In GEAR » Is it even possible to stay dry in a rain forest? Should I just give up?
April 18, 6:22am

Alaska Outdoors Forum
Might be worth a try:

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Where should I sell the worlds warmest sleeping bag? (inflatable + goose down)
April 05, 4:00pm

Re: Re: Re: bacteria
"I remember a study once documenting that you were more likely to get sick drinking city water than you were drinking untreated creek water." I don't think there are any profession...

In GEAR » First Aid Emergency Kit
April 05, 8:38am

Re: Alaskans are like that.
Where's all the rescues out of Nome, Arctic Village, Fairbanks, Bethel? Why the grouping in NW Alaska? I suspect it's primarily a matter of attitude. A SPOT rescue becomes more acceptabl...

In Philosophy & Technique » SPOT Celebrates 1,000 Rescues in Canada
March 27, 9:33am

I agree, Art
I use my rain jacket for: Rain Wind Warmth While doing laundry on long hikes It's one of the most important items I carry for comfort and for when things don't go according to plan.

In Philosophy & Technique » To Rain Jacket ... or ... Not to Rain Jacket
March 27, 4:17am

Why I don't like the bug bivy route...
And let me state at the get-go ymmv hyoh and etc. When I did the A.T. I had a tarp and a bug bivy. It was fairly cutting edge at the time, at least I thought so. I laid there in my bug bivy, th...

In GEAR » Thinking about a bug bivy...
March 08, 6:21pm

Re: Re: FKT
"Thanks for your time and effort Peter." +1. Many people appreciate FKT, especially the people who know the work that must go into maintaining it.

In Philosophy & Technique » Attention Peter Bakwin ... Question Regarding Your FKT Web Site
March 01, 7:17am

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