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HK Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Started backpacking about 98. Semi-retired from a govt type job working on the side. Here to hike more comfortably and maybe a bit faster iot experience scenic hikes. Done with my 20F kit, .. starting on a 45F one (both interchangable UL to semi SUL whatever that is).

Gear list was for 3 days but made it almost as a "24-hour" adventure (like 25 hours) using the Z-pack
Statethe West is the Best
CountryUSA
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New Zimmerbuilt ZB-2 30L base for 40F ish nights (UL base)
New ZB-2 from Chris Zimmer at about 30L volume (23" height) and 21 oz (no frame but has capability to use one). Loving that black dyneema grid. I had Chris cut down the volume on th...

In GEAR » New Zimmerbuilt ZB-2 30L base for 40F ish nights (UL base)
April 08, 12:46pm

Re: Oily skin and down bags
With oily skin, I make sure I'm sleeping in some sort of balaclava. A down hood (for my quilt) would be added over the balaclava. Much easier cleaning fleece than down.

In GEAR » Oily skin and down bags
April 08, 11:39am

Re: "Generally not invading our neighbours"
Russia has always pushed a sphere of influence in that direction and specifically, they are going to keep that warm water port in Crimea. As stated before, the Russians took over Crimea in the 17...

In Chaff » "Generally not invading our neighbours"
April 08, 11:02am

Re: the secret!
Ha! Good find Pmags, though the Average Joe (and Jane) must save money like other types of vacation (or "stack bills" in stripper parlance). Besides a trust fund, .. a nice police, firefi...

In Philosophy & Technique » How I Make a Living as an Adventurer
April 07, 4:27pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: How I Make a Living as an Adventurer
..Sow your wild oats in your 20s and 30s all while developing your resume along the way. .. Think AS also took a chance on an unconventional career choice (small business?) and came out on top ...

In Philosophy & Technique » How I Make a Living as an Adventurer
April 07, 9:11am

Anaphylactic shock always possible?
A little overkill and not meaning to get the conversation away from ticks but last I read there were some similarities in the human immune response to all venom. Last time I read anything on allerg...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New allergy.....to tick bites.
April 05, 3:16pm

US tick distribution maps by species (CDC)
Found one on my lower leg at about 10,000 ft northwest of Albuquerque (Jemez mountains) 2 summers ago, so altitude doesn't seem to matter: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/geographic_distribution.ht...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tick bites causing serious meat allergies
April 05, 3:04pm

Re: ULA vs Gossemer Gear
Tough choice. Having backpacked with both, the ULA Circuit has a larger main body volume and sat higher on my back than the Gossamer Gear Gorilla . The ULA Circuit has a cavernous roll top but it...

In Gear Lists » ULA vs Gossemer Gear
April 04, 6:10pm

Re: Re: What footwear for The Narrows Zion?
I day hiked from the bottom at the end of May several years back. Synthetic hikers worked for me as there are big rocks you may not see as you plant your foot. Just squeeze them dry when you hit ...

In GEAR » What footwear for The Narrows Zion?
April 04, 8:27am

Point Reyes CA and surroundings early March photos
Did a little backpacking/travel trip including over the Golden Gate Bridge and area (via an unplanned departure from the Embacardo), then with a foot injury to Point Reyes via the Olema shuttle (an...

In Photo Gallery » Point Reyes CA and surroundings photo log
April 03, 2:55pm

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