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HK Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Started backpacking in 1998 - US with some global travel (Pacific, Europe, Asia, northern Mexico). Semi-retired from a govt type job working on the side. Here to hike more comfortably and maybe a bit furtherfaster while still stopping for scenery. Finished my 20F kit, .. starting on a 45F one (both interchangeable).

Gear list was for 3 days but made it almost as a "24-hour" adventure (like 25 hours) using the Z-pack
CityDuke City
StateNM
CountryUSA
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Not really from what I've seen (US)
I seem to see more young people backpacking (mostly in groups and mostly heavier gear - big box = cheaper or hand me down). Mostly on more popular trails, which I've been on since the fire...

In On the Web » Death of backpacking?
July 22, 8:52pm

Re: Custom packs - positive things to say
Once I got my torso length down, been really enjoying my Zimmerbuilt ZB-2's (different sizes -interchangeable frames .... some other differences ... might have gone overboard but only a little)...

In GEAR » Custom packs - positive things to say
July 22, 7:00pm

Pecos update (July 2014)
Went up day-hiking (trying a little trail running) and found the trail crews did an excellent job on the main trails through the burn. A change* is gates are locked from 10 PM to 6 AM at Jacks...

In Post-Trip Reports » Pecos wilderness post burn status 2014
July 22, 6:18pm

Quilts..
I've used EE Enigma (pro and regular) and just went with a long option on one since the difference in weight didn't matter much with the down. More concerned about getting one of their re...

In GEAR » Can we talk down quitls, your help appreciated
July 21, 9:26pm

OR helium bivy
Just used one returning to bivy sacks for north of San Francisco (Point Reyes) and did not have time for an eVent one from MLD. Water beads up on the outside but when zipped (or by a water source...

In GEAR » bivy questions
July 21, 9:15pm

Connected...
As long as it's out of sight, out of earshot, and therefore out of mind, I'm willing to cut someone slack realizing if they are looking for a signal they aren't hiking. Another limitat...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Connected on the trail
July 17, 11:35am

Re: Unbound Routes - AT thru
Great posts and photos ..., keep us updated.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Unbound Routes - AT thru
July 17, 11:23am

Learn to enjoy...
I'm usually out there to hike and camping only meant I need not hurry to return to civilization with a daypack. That said, camping requires a lot of skills and I'm thinking now,that wildfi...

In Philosophy & Technique » People who don't enjoy camping
July 17, 11:15am

Re: Re: What shelter am I looking for?
Yep, I knew it'd come down to these two unless I want to do the whole myog thing. It may come down to material (sil vs. cuben) and whether this shelter would need to stand up to cold/snow. The...

In GEAR » What shelter am I looking for?
July 17, 9:11am

Re: Connected on the trail
It is a more connected world and there's nothing to be done about it, ... except maybe camp in a valley with no reception while sharing ridge-line photos with the world once there's recepti...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Connected on the trail
July 17, 8:57am

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