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HK Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Mostly 2 to 3 day loops, with a couple weeklong trips too. Debating whether to go 2 weeks or more. Lightening up but with an eye towards toughness and hiking convenience (secure drying on the trail. quick set up, etc...)
I'll update my gear list tomorrow ...
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Re: How much did childhood experiences influence your interest in backpacking?
Not as a kid: I biked as a kid in the 70's constantly (wasn't let inside the house while it was being cleaned every day until dinner). Did great on the few hikes I went on but wasn't r...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How much did childhood experiences influence your interest in backpacking.
January 12, 6:30pm

Re: wilderness backpacker?
Not in this instance (technically it's "open space" between the Sandia and the Foothills neighborhood) but iirc Kevin briefly met the deceased in transit on a backcountry trip after I...

In Chaff » Cops will face charges for killing wilderness backpacker.
January 12, 6:09pm

Re: All black backpacks
I've had a few (incl custom Zimmerbuilt). The surface gets hotter but it doesn't transmit too deeply into the contents at least in the mtns. Not sure I'd test that during summertime ...

In GEAR » All black backpacks
January 12, 8:51am

Re: Where are you excited to go in 2015?
Still putting my plans together for the start and end of summer mountain backpacking in the USA. Hope for some snow to pile up soon as I was planning the Sierras at the start of summer and the Roc...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where are you excited to go in 2015?
January 11, 9:38pm

DifferencesTemp dependent
I've always thought of things temperature dependent, so I have 2 sets of packs and quilts ... one optimized for the Rockies and one for 3-season arid Southwest. Could be cold and wet with mons...

In GEAR » What our gear says about us...
January 09, 11:15pm

Presence
As ken says, police needs to be visible ("presence"). The problem they are having with the Paris situation is its not "lone wolf" as the 4 males and 1 female appeared to have s...

In Chaff » Uniformed Police Uniform Review
January 09, 10:58pm

Re: Why do male adventurers not take their female partners along?
Only about 20% of the women I've dated after my divorce have been interested. Think the caveman principle is dying out with younger generations, .. my brother started dating a woman who backp...

In Philosophy & Technique » Why do male adventurers not take their female partners along?
January 09, 11:32am

Water bars (and roots) can = Speed Bumps
Water bars can unintentionally act as speed bumps, flipping a bicyclist if distracted. Actually saw this happen hiking Pt Reyes last summer up the Bear Valley trail (a multi-use fire road with bik...

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
January 08, 11:13am

Trip planning and preparation - backpacker expert advice
Found this little gem. While BPL and relavant reviews give better specific advice, the big picture helps sometimes (IMHO): http://www.backpacker.com/skills/fitness/expert-advice-how-do-i-set-be...

In On the Web » Trip planning and preparation - backpacker expert advice
January 07, 10:59am

Fracking or quakes not my field but Q/A with published researcher
I'm not even remotely qualified to answer but here's an online Q & A with a geologist who published scientific research in this field March 2014, which is the first paper to link frac...

In Chaff » Fracking
January 07, 10:55am

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