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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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That was my photo of the broken ULA Helix "Ice Axe" above. I bought it for steep spots on the PCT assuming it would hold up in case I needed to do a self arrest. It broke while I was chop...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2014 Staff Picks
January 24, 10:10am

Yes. Usually a second lighter
It makes sense to carry a spare in a pocket where you'll always have it. Years ago there was a group of hunters floating a remote river in Alaska. Here's the story to the best of my memo...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Do you carry a backup fire starter? What and Why or Why Not?
January 21, 9:42am

Re: Cold sleepers: What are your go-to sleeping socks?
Possum wool. Light and warm. For sleeping only.

In GEAR » Cold sleepers: What are your go-to sleeping socks?
January 19, 7:27pm

There is no right or wrong answer...
Except for Doug I.'s answer. Which is right.

In Philosophy & Technique » Do Electronics Really Belong in the Wilderness ? !
January 19, 6:58pm

giardia per 100,000 gallons
"Years ago I read a story in Backpacker that cited some study whereas the incidence of giardia per 100,000 gallons of alpine water was no bigger than that of treated municipal tap water."...

In Philosophy & Technique » Do you ever not filter or treat your water?
January 13, 7:18pm

Not going to talk you out of them
They are both good choices for most backpackers going light. Are there better options? Maybe. Are there worse? Definitely.

In GEAR » Talk me out of these (Six Moons, Therm-a-rest)
January 01, 12:19pm

Here's the link to buy from Yogi... From her homepage you just have to click on the trail you're interested in...

In GEAR » Is Yogi's PCT Handbook worth buying?
December 25, 1:11pm

Yogi's PCT Handbook is great
I often say "it answer's questions you didn't know to ask." One of the major advantages of both her PCT and CDT handbooks is that they pull together a vast amount of information t...

In GEAR » Is Yogi's PCT Handbook worth buying?
December 25, 8:25am

How I do it
There are many things that can change plans, so I like to keep my plans flexible. I prefer doing as much resupplying along the trail as I can. Where that isn't going to be practical I will s...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Long distance planning ....
December 21, 8:33pm

It depends on the situation...
Usually I sleep with my food. Something to keep in mind is one of the most common ways for a bear to get food is a poor food hang. I commonly see food hangs that are so poorly done that a determine...

In GEAR » How do you store your food?
December 14, 10:24am

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