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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.
My Website URLhttp://www.bucktrack.com

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All Forum Posts by Buck Nelson

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Giardia study: hikers and bad hygiene?
I am researching giardiasis (maybe I'm obsessed, but I have a personal interest!) I have found several studies showing that people are getting giardiasis from backcountry water: Giardiasis in ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Giardia study: hikers and bad hygiene?
September 07, 9:55am

Alcohol stoves good, improper use bad
Well, like I said I was there when that PCT fire was burning and I know the guy who started it. Like automobiles, alcohol stoves can be both potentially dangerous and useful. I use alcohol stoves ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Alcohol Stoves a fire hazard?
February 11, 3:11pm

As you can see, the amount of food needed really varies!
Some people, likely most, who carry 1 pound of food a day are going to be really, really hungry, and almost everyone will be losing significant weight if they are doing any kind of miles. Most p...

In GEAR » weight of food?
February 11, 5:04am

Alcohol stoves ARE more of a fire hazard than most other stoves
I fought wild fires for many years and walked through that PCT fire mentioned above while it was still burning. The fellow that started that fire is a super nice, conscientious person. Most peop...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Alcohol Stoves a fire hazard?
February 09, 7:03pm

What's best is both the navigational skills and the GPS
I consider myself fairly proficient with a map and compass. That said, the GPS is an awesome tool and there's a reason that they are so popular. To me, the ideal balance is to have a GPS wh...

In Philosophy & Technique » Is GPS All in Our Heads?
February 06, 7:43am

Double post
Double post

In On the Web » Gmap4 - Enhanced Google map viewer + high resolution topo maps + more
February 05, 11:13pm

Definitely check out Gmap4!
A friend pointed out this resource to me. Should be very useful to most people on this forum. The high res topo maps are awesome.

In On the Web » Gmap4 - Enhanced Google map viewer + high resolution topo maps + more
February 05, 11:13pm

The best compass is the one you have
I have a button compass on my watch band and have used it often in the real world to straighten myself out.

In GEAR » Someone please explain button compasses
January 24, 11:57am

I know the feeling
But I do think that as experience and confidence grows getting "turned around" is no big deal if prepared. The fear of being lost can be more dangerous than being lost. I often hunt re...

In Post-Trip Reports » VIDEO: Lost!
January 24, 11:27am

October on the PCT
Years vary a lot but if you finish in early October you are likely to get rained on often and will probably see some snow. The odds of rain increase as September passes and the chances of significa...

In GEAR » PCT footwear for Oregon/Washington?
January 22, 7:30am

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

Everestgear.com 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 Everestgear.com 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