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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.
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All Forum Posts by Buck Nelson

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Thanks folks!
Jerry, one thing I figured out is that the names huckleberries and blueberries are local terms. For example, where I grew up in Minnesota, it was all blueberries. In the interior of Alaska, it'...

In Chaff » Survival Trip in the "Fortress of the Bears"
September 22, 8:18am

Alaska survival trip update
I'm back! It was a genuine adventure. To answer a question or two above, obviously I had fish, berries and deer meat nearby my camp for most of that time. I had a small block and tackle syst...

In Chaff » Survival Trip in the "Fortress of the Bears"
September 21, 8:57am

It's a goal, I don't overthink the wording
I think we have a pretty good idea of what Leave No Trace means when it's applied to backpacking. I'm not overly literal in it's application, just like I don't campaign against t...

In Philosophy & Technique » LEAVE NO TRACE
September 18, 8:06am

Sounds good Jerry
I plan to take plenty of photos. I'll shoot some video too.

In Chaff » Survival Trip in the "Fortress of the Bears"
June 29, 9:37am

Survival Trip in the "Fortress of the Bears"
Hi Folks, I am planning a 2+ month trip to Admiralty Island, Alaska, leaving Monday. I'm not bringing any food other than salt and pepper. This will be strictly a foraging, fishing and hunti...

In Chaff » Survival Trip in the "Fortress of the Bears"
June 28, 1:15pm

Clothing first, then DEET as needed for me
Like Dena, I rely primarily on long sleeve shirt, long pants and, in my case, usually a hat and bandana worn "Foreign Legion" style. Most experts agree that DEET is very effective and ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » bug juice
June 25, 7:17pm

That's a good stat
People often fear the wrong things. I think people are likely to live longer, happier and healthier lives if they make frequent trips to the backcountry.

In Philosophy & Technique » Safety in the backcountry
June 23, 8:14am

Have fun Amy!
You will make a lot of friends on the river as you travel. It will be a great adventure.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Down the Mississippi River by canoe
June 23, 8:08am

Re: Where would you setup camp in this picture
I would push down into the trees a little way if I was expecting lightning. I agree with the theory that a small clump of trees may not be better than a single tree. If I expected a storm witho...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where would you setup camp in this picture
May 17, 8:15am

Re: Re: Fire Bans
"But we have data and we can weigh the relative risk. Data rules." I'd like to look at that data if you can cite the source.

In GEAR » Hikin Jim's "Dry Out West" Stove Article at GG
May 06, 6:22am

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 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 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