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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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fkt - supported, unsupported, ...and thru-hike styles
On FKT, there's actually a "thru-hike style" in addition to supported and unsupported. http://fastestknowntime.proboards.com/thread/29/pacific-crest-trail-ca-wa Whatever floats ...

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
August 30, 8:53am

What's the big deal with bugs?
A number bite, both literally and figuratively. Those of us with quilts do not have hoods.

In GEAR » I don't get why people use bug bivies.
August 30, 6:31am

More permits for Grand Canyon R2R, groups
Saw this posted on the other site and while geared to trail runners (it is a running magazine), reading into it other users are affected too, especially nonprofits advertising group trips (who alre...

In On the Web » More permits for Grand Canyon R2R, groups
August 27, 5:22pm

Re: High Uintas
Surprisingly scenic country as I'm used to southern Utah and didn't figure the mountains of northern UT warranted much exploration. Thanks for the article.

In Editor's Roundtable » Trekking the High Uintas Wilderness: Circumnavigation of the Rock Creek Shelf
August 27, 4:29pm

Re: Traversing the Brooks Range – A Father-Son-Son Adventure
Definitely a great adventure with some obstacles overcome. Good that you were able to share it with your sons (or good that they were there to help dissuade the bear).

In Post-Trip Reports » Traversing the Brooks Range – A Father-Son-Son Adventure
August 27, 4:28pm

Zimmerbuilt roll top, daisy chains
Selling a 50 Liter Zimmerbuilt simple rucksack with roll-top, daisy chains on body (same issue - 17.5 torso height from shoulder to hipbelt connector has a little "wiggle room" but wasn&...

In Gear Swap » Zimmerbuilt roll top, daisy chains
August 27, 3:16pm

Hip belt (size, etc...)
Terrill The hip belt fits 38 with plenty of excess to spare, so if it fit my torso I'd have to cut the ends and seal. Also the hipbelt is a minimal design mostly 1 inch webbing with a bu...

In Gear Swap » Zimmerbuilt dk gray w lid
August 27, 3:06pm

Zimmerbuilt 50L-ish dk gray w lid
55L-ish Zimmerbuilt FS Due to a size miscalculation on my end (nothing wrong with the quality of these packs - will have another lidless up shortly and sold the 3d), I am selling -1.5 yr old Zi...

In Gear Swap » Zimmerbuilt dk gray w lid
August 27, 12:53pm

Re: Any feedback?
RJ's recent article on Editors roundtable on his trip to the Unitas has a little blurb (toward the very end) about the Alpine Houdini saving 2 oz. over the M10 and the breathability issue (just...

In GEAR » Alpine Houdini
August 27, 8:36am

Re: Zpacks Arc Blast
Had the current version of the ArcBlast (can't talk about the zero) and there was really no issue with true ultralight loads. I went up icy snow covered switchbacks at the top of the Grand Can...

In GEAR » Zpacks Arc Blast vs Zero
August 24, 8:05pm

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