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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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Not going to talk you out of them
They are both good choices for most backpackers going light. Are there better options? Maybe. Are there worse? Definitely.

In GEAR » Talk me out of these (Six Moons, Therm-a-rest)
January 01, 12:19pm

Here's the link to buy from Yogi... From her homepage you just have to click on the trail you're interested in...

In GEAR » Is Yogi's PCT Handbook worth buying?
December 25, 1:11pm

Yogi's PCT Handbook is great
I often say "it answer's questions you didn't know to ask." One of the major advantages of both her PCT and CDT handbooks is that they pull together a vast amount of information t...

In GEAR » Is Yogi's PCT Handbook worth buying?
December 25, 8:25am

How I do it
There are many things that can change plans, so I like to keep my plans flexible. I prefer doing as much resupplying along the trail as I can. Where that isn't going to be practical I will s...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Long distance planning ....
December 21, 8:33pm

It depends on the situation...
Usually I sleep with my food. Something to keep in mind is one of the most common ways for a bear to get food is a poor food hang. I commonly see food hangs that are so poorly done that a determine...

In GEAR » How do you store your food?
December 14, 10:24am

There's acknowleging reality, then there's paranoia
There is no doubt people have to be smart and careful because there are definitely bad people out there. But thinking "nearly every man you see, in nearly every situation you’re in" ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Let's talk about the advantages of being a single female backpacker for a change....
December 07, 3:02pm

And here's why your blog post is important...
From a review about "Wild." Gentlemen! Let’s play a little game. I call it “Creep or Normal Guy?” The way you play is you have less than a second to decide whether a man you ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Let's talk about the advantages of being a single female backpacker for a change....
December 07, 8:00am

I have used Wild Edibles...
and found it to be useful. Like Kat mentioned, there are limitations in using an app, and her point about the variability in a single species is a good one. Wild Edibles does lack a few common w...

In GEAR » Experience with edible plants apps?
December 06, 5:37pm

Re: Re: Let's talk about the advantages of being a single female backpacker for a change....
German Tourist and Lori have said it better than any guy on this thread. I see woman empowering themselves in the outdoors as having many parallels to all of us ULers going beyond the "just...

In Philosophy & Technique » Let's talk about the advantages of being a single female backpacker for a change....
December 03, 11:44am

Congratulations on a life full-lived
You'll have many wonderful memories of your adventures. Congratulations!

In On the Web » Unbound Routes - AT thru
November 29, 6:56am

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