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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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Re: Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer?
I live in Alaska and I don't think I've ever used rain gear that wasn't mosquito proof. Personally I'd be comfortable with choosing appropriate rain gear and assuming it was mosquit...

In GEAR » Waterproof AND Mosquito proof layer?
May 16, 8:43am

Perceived vs. actual bear risk
"1 in ten deaths is caused by inactivity" How many of th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Guy on reddit talks about his Grizzy bear attack where he was blinded...
May 10, 3:51pm

That happened ten years ago
Attacks like that are rare enough that we have to recycle them over and over for years. In fact, I knew exactly what incident it was before reading about it. Fear of bears undoubtedly hurts peo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Guy on reddit talks about his Grizzy bear attack where he was blinded...
May 10, 5:22am

One of the best links for backcountry deaths Falls Hypothermia Drowning Natural Causes Avalanche Those seem to be the big ones, in order. I'm calling the "lost" fatalities hypothermia....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking health risks?
May 10, 4:52am

Sometimes people "know" who stole their stuff, and they're wrong
I'm uncomfortable with any "lynch those other hikers" mentality when, as far as I can tell, we don't even know it WAS other hikers. Balls wrote in his journal "While we hike ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Balls and Sunshine Ripped-off on the CDT!!
May 09, 3:50pm

The Rockwell giardia paper is garbage
Lots of hikers get giardia from water, and there are numerous studies to prove it. The "hygiene is a bigger issue" claims sound convincing but they are not backed up by data. If so, I...

In GEAR » Is Aqua Mira effective against Giardia?
April 14, 7:32pm

Re: Yellowstone River Packrafting
Very nice story and photos. That's cool that you did the upper reaches like that. Last summer I paddled the Yellowstone in a canoe from the Park to the Missouri. Two of us ran Yankee Jim in ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Yellowstone River Packrafting
February 06, 8:06am

You are welcome, German Tourist
You had some good advice on your write-up. I plan to link to it on my site if it's OK. Good luck on your next adventures!

In Post-Trip Reports » Mississippi: Thrupaddle in a folding kayak
February 04, 9:20pm

I like my new Brother sewing machine.
Another satisfied user of a new, cheap, sewing machine. If I were going to start some kind of sewing business, I'd get a high-quality bomber machine. But for the kind of occasional sewing p...

In Make Your Own Gear » They don't build them like they used to... (why you shouldn't buy a cheap modern sewing machine)
February 04, 5:36pm

Re: Mississippi: Thrupaddle in a folding kayak
Very nice, German Tourist!

In Post-Trip Reports » Mississippi: Thrupaddle in a folding kayak
February 04, 8:28am

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