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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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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

It depends
I've doubled up sleeping bags and/or a sleeping bag-quilt combination by putting one inside the other with good results. As mentioned it takes a roomy enough outer bag to pull off. If there'...

In GEAR » cold weather guidance
November 06, 5:41pm

See the below post
Redundant post. See my below post.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Let's Talk SCIENCE
November 06, 7:49am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: facts
Tom Thanks for conceding the Sierra vs US point. On forums it's traditional to never concede a point! I definitely made a mistake, but it was not believing my own experience in previousl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Just the facts m'am
October 17, 6:11pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: facts
Tom, You are repeatedly insinuating that Rockwell's paper applies only to the high Sierra in places other than where stock is grazing. This sentence from his paper illustrates that is not tr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Just the facts m'am
October 17, 12:39pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: facts
Tom, If we specify that pristine means the absence of pathogens, then, yes, there are is no giardia in pristine areas of the high Sierra. However, pathogens including giardia have been found in ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Just the facts m'am
October 16, 9:02pm

Re: Re: Giardia
Hi Andrew, Good job on finding the Derlet paper. Thanks for posting that link. I'd been unable to find it online. I think your attitude is perfectly rational. Accepting reasonable risks a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Just the facts m'am
October 16, 6:48am

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