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Hk Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Mostly 2 to 3 day loops, with a couple weeklong trips too, ... thinking about multi-week.

I'll update my gear list tomorrow ...
CityThe Gila
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Re: Most breathable sandals
Breathable but secure uppers? I've used Chaco sandals mostly with socks for mostly walking (did a couple backpacks with them too). The footbed is synthetic but I'll dip them into chlorine e...

In GEAR » Most breathable sandals
May 19, 9:27am

Re: Re: Re: The ‘Wild’ effect Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail
Many are following the updated "Wild" packing list too (just looking at some of the gear lists there's traditional to UL). Anecdotal, but meeting a few cpls coming off the PCT early d...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The ‘Wild’ effect Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail
May 19, 9:18am

UL shelter design and mids
Looking at some pics of some mids just makes me uncomfortable Spoke to one of the cottage makers before their busy season started and the goal of many UL shelters is a place to sleep that is ...

In GEAR » Sell me on a perfect Shelter for 2 people.
May 19, 8:16am

Astro differences
The regular Astro lite isn't really insulated hence no R value, but the insulated Astro lite 20R is for below freezing warmer than the other two (tried the UL7 too) ... warmer but heavier. Sav...

In GEAR » Which one is warmer: Nemo Astro Lite 20, Exped UL 7 or xLite
May 18, 10:16pm

Re: Best western backpacking destinations
For the ultralight backpacker who may have a non-4wd rental, may need trails for ultralight footwear , all while avoiding being "cliffed out" if not familiar with an area, I'd recomm...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best western backpacking destinations
May 15, 10:35am

Present conditions pretty good ... May 2015
Not really worth a new trip report, so I'll just update. Just got done with a sub-24 to test out some new gear and I was pleasantly surprised at the green and flowing water in the Bonito/Argen...

In Post-Trip Reports » Fire on the mountain, run boys, run!
May 15, 9:18am

Re: Removing Seam Sealer from Silnylon Tarp
If it's rolled on thick silicon, it should roll off fairly easily (MLD recommends a fairly decent coat of the stuff and I found excess was easy to just grab and twist). Tarptent has users sea...

In GEAR » Removing Seam Sealer from Silnylon Tarp
May 14, 4:26pm

Re: Re: Extreme weather
Depends on how long I'll stay above treeline - trying a mid for camping in those conditions. When hit with blowing rain from all directions, some air flow needs to be sacrificed- that's the...

In Philosophy & Technique » Extreme weather
May 11, 8:42pm

Check the weather too...
Just a bump but falling tree kills man camping in his tent during a sudden storm in Texas a week or so back

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sad news on the AT
May 11, 8:33pm

Western Gila NF - Bursum Rd
Heads up as a number of hikers expressed interest. A buddy of mine took the bursum road through Mogollon (west of Silver City) and there's landslide damage on the road, downed power lines (bee...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Gila NF trip
May 07, 1:16pm

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