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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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Gravity system with Aqua Mira as backup
That would be my choice.

In GEAR » Water Treatment For Three People?
April 27, 8:04am

Well done, Jörgen
I enjoyed your writing and the photos. Congratulations on your adventure!

In Editor's Roundtable » Solo across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Brooks Range, Alaska
April 23, 2:35pm

#1 adjustment: my attitude
There have been some good suggestions here that will help, no doubt, but simple tolerance is equally important. I spent 70 days in the rain forest of SE Alaska last summer. Needless to say there...

In GEAR » Is it even possible to stay dry in a rain forest? Should I just give up?
April 18, 6:22am

Alaska Outdoors Forum
Might be worth a try:

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Where should I sell the worlds warmest sleeping bag? (inflatable + goose down)
April 05, 4:00pm

Re: Re: Re: bacteria
"I remember a study once documenting that you were more likely to get sick drinking city water than you were drinking untreated creek water." I don't think there are any profession...

In GEAR » First Aid Emergency Kit
April 05, 8:38am

Re: Alaskans are like that.
Where's all the rescues out of Nome, Arctic Village, Fairbanks, Bethel? Why the grouping in NW Alaska? I suspect it's primarily a matter of attitude. A SPOT rescue becomes more acceptabl...

In Philosophy & Technique » SPOT Celebrates 1,000 Rescues in Canada
March 27, 9:33am

I agree, Art
I use my rain jacket for: Rain Wind Warmth While doing laundry on long hikes It's one of the most important items I carry for comfort and for when things don't go according to plan.

In Philosophy & Technique » To Rain Jacket ... or ... Not to Rain Jacket
March 27, 4:17am

Why I don't like the bug bivy route...
And let me state at the get-go ymmv hyoh and etc. When I did the A.T. I had a tarp and a bug bivy. It was fairly cutting edge at the time, at least I thought so. I laid there in my bug bivy, th...

In GEAR » Thinking about a bug bivy...
March 08, 6:21pm

Re: Re: FKT
"Thanks for your time and effort Peter." +1. Many people appreciate FKT, especially the people who know the work that must go into maintaining it.

In Philosophy & Technique » Attention Peter Bakwin ... Question Regarding Your FKT Web Site
March 01, 7:17am

If it were me...
I'd go the smartphone route and combine camera and cell phone and GPS and much more. I'd drop the umbrella. I'm not a night hiker. I'd swap the headlamp for a Photon II. I&...

In Gear Lists » Help me lighten up for the CDT
February 26, 11:01am

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