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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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For winter? A sleeping bag
Quilts have their place, but for actual winter use; Montana, Idaho, Finland kind of winter, I would definitely go with a sleeping bag. I have camped out in Montana when it got down to -20. And that...

In GEAR » Winter Bag or Winter Quilt?
January 05, 5:07pm

Good stuff, Evan
You can't beat months of real-world testing. If the quilt, top and bottom, was made of cuben I suppose the insulation was kept fairly dry so condensation wasn't a problem?

In GEAR » Anyone here using a sleeping bag or quilt with cuben liner?
December 31, 2:43pm

Why I wouldn't use a cuben liner
Right now, for three seasons, I use mostly a Marmot Hydrogen sleeping bag. Mine weighs 23 oz. I carry the clothes I need to keep me comfortable outside my bag, and use them as needed inside my bag ...

In GEAR » Anyone here using a sleeping bag or quilt with cuben liner?
December 31, 11:18am

Please don't feed the bears
"If I threw them my food bag while they were "charging" it would result in a bear trained to keep rushing people ..." Buck, It worked for me with two approaching grizzlies, ...

In GEAR » Carrying food in bear country?
December 31, 8:42am

Re: Re: Quilt Suggestion for Newbie
Having said that, I feel like bags make much more sense below about 20 F, so you're right at the line. What he said. Like all gear it's subjective but I agree that in the lower temps sl...

In GEAR » Quilt Suggestion for Newbie
December 29, 6:56pm

It's good to think outside the box...
but I suspect it wouldn't work because there wouldn't be enough heat to drive the moisture out of all that insulation. Plus, if it's normal night-time moisture buildup there's reall...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » dry a sleeping bag with a Hothands?
December 29, 6:40pm

Go slow on abandoning a food bag to stall a bear
I respectfully think that that should virtually never be done. Bears approach people often. I've had grizzlies (and black bears) run at me many times. Virtually always it was because they di...

In GEAR » Carrying food in bear country?
December 29, 6:34pm

My Picks for 2012
1. iPhone. I was walking and paddling for months this year and it was my first time with a smartphone. It was an extremely useful tool. I used it as a camera, GPS, map, journal tool, phone, star ch...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 29, 12:31pm

No need to be overly worried
I don't worry even the tiniest bit about sealed food infusing odors into my gear or pockets during the day. Most long distance hikers do not have a second set of cooking clothes to hang in t...

In GEAR » Carrying food in bear country?
December 29, 7:08am

"Lost our moral compasses?"
We have lost our way and misplaced our moral compasses. Presumably "we" are the people of the United States. Have we really lost our moral compasses? Is there a single person here that...

In Chaff » Newtown
December 25, 11:33am

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