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Buck Nelson (Colter) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Alaska
About Me I have recently retired as a career smokejumper. Like most Backpackinglight members I enjoy my outdoor adventures, such as thru-hiking the AT, CDT, the Desert Trail and PCT. I recently completed a 1,000 mile traverse of northern Alaska. You can see photos and the stories at my website.
CityFairbanks
StateAlaska
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.bucktrack.com

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All Forum Posts by Buck Nelson

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Agreed, it depends
I do think generally sleeping bags are warmer in colder weather, that's how they came into popular use. And I think for certain people quilts are warmer for the weight in milder temperatures. T...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's warmer for the weight: quilts, bags?
January 19, 12:00pm

What's warmer for the weight: quilts, bags?
And does it matter if it's winter or summer, and if so, why?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's warmer for the weight: quilts, bags?
January 18, 10:30am

Giardia: The truth is the middle ground
I understand the appeal of drinking straight from the source. I've done it myself. Facts and personal risk assessment are two separate but related issues. In my OP I cited one of Dr. Wel...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Let's Talk SCIENCE
January 15, 9:05pm

re: Giardia: Let's Talk SCIENCE
Jennifer: Thanks for that. I think it's worthwhile and I actually think we've covered lots of new ground on this thread along with the standard debating points. Bill said: NOLs purifies ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Let's Talk SCIENCE
January 12, 10:40pm

Re: Do you get used to animal noises? What about scaredy cats?
I think you have a pretty good feel for the issue. At first animal noises are unnerving for just about everyone. Statistics should help a lot. People are far more dangerous than wild animals in ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Do you get used to animal noises? What about scaredy cats?
January 12, 6:06am

Re: Re: re: Giardia
Roger said: > Several studies indicate that as many as 3.8%--56% of long-distance hikers and backpackers I will stick my neck out and suggest that any survey which produces a result like '3...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Let's Talk SCIENCE
January 11, 4:12pm

Definitions
Katy: "although they have not been well-defined through research studies." What do you think that means? The source link is cited on my blog so people could read the whole thing in contex...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Let's Talk SCIENCE
January 11, 12:15am

Re: Re: re: Giardia
Roger, I think "common" is a better synonym for "ubiquitous" than "rarely," but perhaps I'm just being stubborn and argumentative, know what I mean? Ben, I disa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Let's Talk SCIENCE
January 10, 6:28pm

re: Giardia
Tom, I'm afraid you don't recall correctly. It would have been farther north in the Sierra, I was southbound, and the spot I'm thinking of is up high. As far as the definition of &qu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Let's Talk SCIENCE
January 09, 11:34pm

Some responses
Tom, You're welcome. The EPA has said [Giardia]Cysts have been found all months of the year in surface waters from the Arctic to the tropics in even the most pristine of surface waters. Giar...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia: Let's Talk SCIENCE
January 09, 7:11pm

All Reader Reviews by Buck Nelson

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Marmot Hydrogen (2004 model)
I've got an older model with the shorter zipper that weighs 23 oz. I use it with my warm clothing (down jacket, balaclava, long underwear) on the coldest nights. I've slept toasty down into th...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
December 31, 10:08pm

ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tent
I used this shelter on my Desert Trail hike, Mexico to Canada, followed by three weeks canoeing the Yellowstone River. My shelter...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
November 20, 9:43am

SMD Wild Oasis
I got my Six Moon Designs Wild Oasis for the Pacific Crest Trail. I already had the SMD Lunar Solo, which I love, but decided to save a few more ounces with the Wild Oasis. I planned to switch to the ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
December 14, 5:20pm

Darn Tough Socks Boot Sock Cushion and Full Cushion, Merino Wool
I have been a loyal Smartwool wearer for years. For me, Merino wool is the way to go. On prior thru-hikes Smartwools were very comfortable but seemed to wear out too quickly. So for the PCT I got some...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
December 03, 10:43pm

ULA Helix "Ice Axe" Potty Trowel
I bought one at the "kick-off" to use on the PCT. It broke when I was chopping snow to melt for drinking water. I was appalled when I looked at the broken pieces to see how weak this "i...

In Climbing Gear & Accessories
December 02, 10:56pm

GoLite GoLite customer service
I liked my Golite Infinity pack but the material was too weak. Golite quickly and cheerfully replaced the pack. Unfortunately I hadn't requested a newer model and after nearly two thousand miles t...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 05, 12:05pm

Everestgear.com Customer Service
I hiked the Continental Divide Trail last summer. In New Mexico there were two pieces of new gear I wanted. A friend put in an order with Everestgear.com on my behalf to be delivered to Ghost Ranch. W...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 21, 4:05pm

PossumDown Gloves (BPL Gear Shop)
I used these gloves on my CDT hike. Ultralight hiking is all about tradeoffs, and these gloves were a good compromise. Under normal cool conditions, say to just below freezing, they were quite warm. T...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 26, 8:41am

Titanium Goat AGP AGP
I used these poles on my CDT and PCT and Desert Trail hikes. I often hike with a single pole. These are not poles for people hard on gear. If y...

In Trekking Poles
October 08, 1:58pm

Pak-Lite White Super
This is a very good light. I'm giving it a 4 instead of a 5 because this is the Backpackinglight website, and there are other lights that are much smaller, lighter, and do a similarly good job. Fo...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
October 08, 11:31am