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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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Congratulations on a life full-lived
You'll have many wonderful memories of your adventures. Congratulations!

In On the Web » Unbound Routes - AT thru
November 29, 6:56am

I think you'll need heavier clothing
I'm afraid for crawling through catclaw and the like you'll have to do some compromising on weight. Standard lightweight desert hiking clothing I normally wear won't stand up to that ki...

In GEAR » Tough, but light clothes for desert hiking
November 26, 3:01pm

Re: Backcountry water
" 'We know, without any doubt, that there are human pathogens often found in backcountry water...' I do not think that we know this. In the backcountry area I hike (the Sierra Nevad...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Are we just kidding ourselves with our chemical water treatments?
November 05, 6:40am

Skepticism is good
I totally agree with your attitude of being skeptical of anecdotal accounts. I don't have time to cite the studies I'm thinking of right now, but I can at a later date if you like. Th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Are we just kidding ourselves with our chemical water treatments?
November 02, 6:21am

Few safety precautions are foolproof
You make a lot of very good points Derek, and you've clearly done better research and put more thought into the issue than most hikers. Perhaps it's a bit like wearing a bicycle helmet. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Are we just kidding ourselves with our chemical water treatments?
October 31, 8:08am

I don't have an actual checklist, but one thing I did after my last long trip that I should always do is go through each item and think about what needs to be repaired, modified or replaced. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Post Hike Checklist Contest
October 23, 6:23am

Chlorine dioxide
I agree with those that say that Chlorine Dioxide treated water would have little or no effect on pathogens you've already swallowed. FYI I think most experts would say that rather than 13-1...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » A bit of Giardia with a Chlorine Dioxide chaser
October 20, 8:52pm

I don't know what happened but...
Stuff does disappear in shipping. I sent an item Express Mail, and it disappeared. I sent an official letter to the "dead mail office" again with tracking, and that disappeared. ...

In Gear Swap » Someone canceled their paypal payment after item was sent.
October 07, 9:47am

Iodine, inexpensive but...
Iodine is cheap. Downsides: tastes bad, relatively ineffective compared to other available methods, bad for you. One thing I've learned in life: it's not a bargain if it doesn't perf...

In GEAR » liquid iodine?
September 28, 2:54pm

Glad you had a safe climb
Extremely dangerous undertaking compared the lives we normally lead. Congratulations on a grand adventure!

In Post-Trip Reports » Cassin Ridge, Denali - harder and more rewarding than expected
September 28, 9:05am

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