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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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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

AWOL on the Appalachian Trail, Walking the Great Divide DVD: Half Price, New Copies
I have two copies left of my favorite Appalachian Trail book, AWOL. Brand New. $14.95 list. Selling for $7.47. Also have three new in shrink-wrap copies of Walking the Great Divide DVD, also ...

In Gear Swap » AWOL on the Appalachian Trail, Walking the Great Divide DVD: Half Price, New Copies
November 29, 11:07am

Re: kiwis to kumquats
The are saying it's "likely the best backpacking sleeping bag in the world." By default, they are comparing it to all backpacking sleeping bags in the world!

In GEAR » "likely, the best backpacking sleeping bag in the world."
November 28, 9:19am

There is no "best bag"
I agree with pmags on this one: There is no best gear. It looks like a great bag/quilt to me and I would love to have one as I'm sure I'd find it ...

In GEAR » "likely, the best backpacking sleeping bag in the world."
November 25, 3:24pm

Re: Re: Backpacking Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge
The hot springs has a developed pool and a stone hot shower building, as well as picnic tables and camping. All free.

In Winter Hiking » Sheldon Wildlife Refuge NW Nevada
November 20, 12:09pm

Great article
I had fishnet long underwear top and bottoms that I used off and on for years. Good job explaining the pros and cons. To me fishnet can be a good choice when I expect to be soaked. The set I ha...

In Editor's Roundtable » Just Say No To Wicking: Non-Traditional Base Layers Based on a Next-to-Skin Fishnet Model
November 20, 8:48am

Backpacking Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge
I backpacked through on my Desert Trail Hike. I thought it was really cool. I followed the official route (Mexico to Canada) using a map I got from the Desert Trail Association. The route ru...

In Winter Hiking » Sheldon Wildlife Refuge NW Nevada
November 20, 8:25am

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