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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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I think a jacket will be warmer
I see people wearing parkas and jackets, not vests, here in a Fairbanks winter. The Inuit have always worn parkas. Those Denali and Everest photos don't show people wearing super puffy vests.

In GEAR » Vest vs Jacket
February 03, 8:11am

I have often swapped batteries between devices
Having common batteries may not be a necessity, but I've found it useful. For example, my camera uses AA as does my GPS. I've found that I can run my GPS for a considerable time on batterie...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Common Battery Type -- Just Another Myth?
February 01, 6:15am

Max makes a lot of sense
And +1 to the following: I agree with Max, on pretty much everything he wrote. Not that it matters, but it's nice to have someone put it so well.

In GEAR » Feathered Friends light-weight jackets are no longer made in USA!
January 24, 7:28am

Re: Experiences with satellite phones?
I have taken a sat. phone on two long, solo trips in Alaska. I have been able to call out every time except for once. The only incoming calls was when someone was going to immediately call back,...

In GEAR » Experiences with satellite phones?
January 20, 7:13am

iPhone 4s GPS has worked well for me
What Andrew said: If you are just hiking around, then I doubt you'll notice any meaningful difference. If you need to do things like surveying, avalanche spotting, and other high-precision acti...

In GEAR » iPhone vs Garmin Etrex GPS reception
January 15, 11:34am

If the shoe fits, wear it
Speaking for myself, my shoe selections work out best if I largely ignore the advice of others and wear what fits me best, Asics in my case. Now when I'm setting off for a long hike I don't...

In GEAR » Need some input on trail running shoes
January 13, 4:10pm

Caloric needs highly variable
Caloric needs depend partially on how much energy is expended but also upon how efficiently the individual is in converting food to energy. Back on the farm we used a term called "easy keep...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Daily calorie requirements for long term thru hikes?
January 12, 11:56am

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo
Still my favorite.

In GEAR » What's your favorite 3-season 1P tent?
January 07, 10:23pm

Desert Trail
Thank you Nick. It would be fun to compare notes on that desert country that we are both familiar with. I checked out your site as well, nicely done! You clearly know what you're doing. Stev...

In Post-Trip Reports » Desert Trail: Mexico to Canada, Highlight Video
January 07, 9:03am

Updated a Desert Trail hike FAQ Page
For those interested in the Desert Trail I updated the Desert Trail information page. There is information on planning, including the caching of food and water, weather, route conditions, pl...

In Post-Trip Reports » Desert Trail: Mexico to Canada, Highlight Video
January 06, 1:00pm

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