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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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Re: Rabbit starvation?
I think the rabbit starvation hypothesis is accepted by almost all survival experts, as well as the coroner. Not only was he not getting all the food he wanted, but what food he was getting was...

In On the Web » How Chris McCandless Died: An Update
February 14, 1:01pm

McCandless starvation
I think the cause of death is pretty clear, he starved to death. His body weighed 83 lbs. McCandless himself said he was starving. He was running a big calorie deficit for about three and a half mo...

In On the Web » How Chris McCandless Died: An Update
February 14, 8:12am

McCandless and mushrooms
It's interesting how little traction this aspect of the McCandless story gets. I’m no expert on mushrooms but I have a friend who is a botanist so I sent him that picture. He sent it to an...

In On the Web » How Chris McCandless Died: An Update
February 13, 10:47am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How Chris McCandless Died: An Update
What anyone thinks about Alaskans, or McCandless, does nothing to change the cause of death. That's the subject of this thread I believe. The Ilgunas quote paints with a very wide and cynica...

In On the Web » How Chris McCandless Died: An Update
February 12, 7:05pm

Re: Re: Re: How Chris McCandless Died: An Update
Thanks. Changed my post to reflect that it was The New Yorker.

In On the Web » How Chris McCandless Died: An Update
February 12, 4:06pm

Re: How Chris McCandless Died: An Update
Color me really, really skeptical. This is AT LEAST Krakauer's FIFTH theory on what killed McCandless, all involving seeds of some kind. Every time one of his theories are debunked he comes ...

In On the Web » How Chris McCandless Died: An Update
February 12, 3:09pm

Re: Attitude versus Altitude
The power of suggestion is strong.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Attitude versus Altitude
February 12, 8:04am

Re: FS (or trade) - Montbell Alpine Light Down Jacket - Large - dark blue
One of my favorite pieces of gear!

In Gear Swap » FS (or trade) - Montbell Alpine Light Down Jacket - Large - dark blue
February 06, 8:12am

Re: Hooded vs. hoodless puffies
I have both. Hooded puffies are clearly warmer. Ask the Inuit. :) Like most gear choices, personal preferences should ultimately rule.

In GEAR » Hooded vs. hoodless puffies
February 01, 12:31pm

Re: the list
Interesting reviews! Thanks for breaking it down further, Eli. I agree that most of these problems were due to inexperience. I think usually footwear would be listed as the worst gear problem. P...

In GEAR » 2014 JMT thru-hiker survey - results on gear failures
January 29, 7:45am

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