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HK Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Started backpacking in 1998 in my early 30's- US with some global travel (Pacific, Europe, Asia, northern Mexico). Semi-retired from govt type work, now working 2-3 contracts per yr, trying to keep summer and winter free to backpack, mountain-bike,snowshoe. Here to hike maybe a bit more further, faster while still enjoying scenery, as I still haven't discovered the fountain of youth. Have a 20F kit, .. starting on a 45F one, maybe a deeper winter one (all interchangeable) need to update gear list.
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Re: DEET and dyneema
In the interests of science, I sprayed both water bottle pockets with water from a spritzer and the side soaked in DEET lost a little beading ability and seemed to soak up a little more. Lucky thi...

In GEAR » DEET and dyneema
July 30, 6:57pm

Fabric with dyneema grid
Yes is the pack fabric with Dyneema grid pattern, so assuming it's nylon (must find who switched my coffee to decaf this am). I've seen some posts where nylon is supposedly not affected bu...

In GEAR » DEET and dyneema
July 30, 12:42pm

DEET and dyneema
Anyone else have experience with 100% DEET getting on Dyneema (same Dyneema as GG packs btw)? Had the cap work itself lose while in a water bottle pocket of one of my ZB-2's, but noticed it a ...

In GEAR » DEET and dyneema
July 30, 11:08am

Updating my cool to cold and wet gear
Cool to cold and possibly wet -talking central to southern Rockies as the monsoons roll through (or not), central California coast this winter, and perhaps Vermont - or use with present 60L-ish Zi...

In Gear Lists » Updating my cool to cold and wet gear
July 30, 10:43am

Re: Fire in El Portal / Yosemite NPS
Here's an updated article from the LA Times with photos and a unique twist - someone was flying a drone I guess for info purposes but fire officials feel it poses a threat to firefighting aircr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Fire in El Portal / Yosemite NPS
July 29, 7:19am

Cut the cord
Pros: if connected to a weather app, one could be more prepared and the almost real time blogs of thru- hikers are pretty neat. Cons: peering into a screen or waving the phone in the air while try...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Connected on the trail
July 29, 6:25am

Re: Reasonable vs unreasonable
If an item has provided a reasonable lifespan, I'd be loathe to return it. If it failed almost out of the box or off the showroom floor a return is in order. Complicating this is a lifetime...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » REI return policy
July 29, 6:14am

Bear spray
@Justin - the spray has been tested against bears, some requiring 2 sprays from the canister (iirc - black bear), with anecdotal evidence against charging bison plus other Rockies critters. Howeve...

In On the Web » Glacier NP, Texan, Bear spray and gunshot
July 28, 8:09pm

Re: The trail food you just can't stand.
GORP ... Grew tired of that 10years ago

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » The trail food you just can't stand.
July 28, 5:55pm

Re: Pack size for UL thru-hiking - 40L too small?
Could check out the PCT Blogs see what everyone is carrying (ULA,GG,osprey, ray-way,etc...) and how they handled their food/bear canisters http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/...

In GEAR » Pack size for UL thru-hiking - 40L too small?
July 28, 5:46pm

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