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HK Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Winter backpacking in the Sunbelt vs. snow-stuff in the Rockies. Started heavy in the mid-90's after a cpl attempts using 60's gear in the late 80's, then went lightweight in the 00's, and finally down to UL in Dec 2013.

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StateNM
CountryUSA
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Re: Arizona Trail: Late Fall thru-hike
The mountains above and to the east of Tucson, Arizona have had water at the end of every November that I've hiked them (the AZT section around Tucson used to be my post-Thanksgiving hike). Th...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Arizona Trail: Late Fall thru-hike
September 24, 11:04am

JMT photos
Jennifer, great photos a notch above, especially the night photos.

In Post-Trip Reports » JMT photos
September 24, 10:59am

Watching the flash flood?
@GGrey - They are powerful but I try to be elsewhere on vacation during the southwest "monsoons" season myself (usually right after the 4th of July). Many roadways can get flooded too.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why you never camp in a dry wash ...
September 23, 8:12am

Re: Hiker killed in bear attack in northern New Jersey
The victim is reported to be a 22 year old male, so running away isn't the smartest move (provokes the predator chase instinct I've read). Despite being big, black bear can move with aston...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiker killed in bear attack in northern New Jersey
September 22, 12:19pm

Sleeping bag and pack color
For my quilts, one side needs to be black for quicker drying. For summer packs I prefer a subdued color (right now "grid gray" or "black") as to blend in mostly for wildlife b...

In GEAR » color of pack, sleeping bag,...
September 20, 8:04am

Re: The PCT
@ DM, 10-K, Dan and all who hiked the PCT with fairly regular mileage. What were your big gear items and any challegenges (for your own gear or other hikers -- especially those who experienced &qu...

In Philosophy & Technique » THE PCT... FOR ME?
September 19, 9:51am

Re: Re: Re: Re: UL at 0° F?
Stephen: know the feeling as one trip I went on had a forecast low of 20° F but a dip in the jetsteam took it down to 3°F. My 25° bag was inadequate, and despite clothing, everywhere I pressed ...

In Winter Hiking » UL at 0° F?
September 19, 9:07am

Cheapest ultralight tent ("mainstreamy") IMHO
The ultralights from Eureka! are usually relatively cheap but still "mainstream tents"... yet very lightweight under 3 lbs. There's lighter but price increases. Think they still mak...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Ultralight Tents.
September 18, 9:03pm

UL at 0° F?
Over in the SUL thread, a "luxurious" SUL gear list for 30° was debated to be a 15° list if one wore the base layers to sleep I guess (that would be Cap 4 hoody/pants worn under a quil...

In Winter Hiking » UL at 0° F?
September 18, 5:47pm

Vest vs parka
Unless cutting weight by ounce, I'd say sleeves and more fill would add much more warmth than the increase in weight (especially getting into winter, where most places require more insulation)....

In GEAR » Utility of a down vest
September 18, 8:32am

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