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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.

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CityThe Gila
StateNM
CountryUSA
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Far West TX and Trans-Pecos
Just to add, both Big Bend NP and Big Bend SP have some nice hikes. Also near the Lubbock area there's Caprock SP and Palo Duro Canyon SP, one with a fairly recent "rail to trail" li...

In Pre-Trip Planning » texas
August 25, 2:49pm

Re: how did this happen?
I thought the forest service encouraged fires to burn often to prevent these mega fires from happening. After out by the next 10 AM, for awhile they were generally letting them burn but pressure...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » California Rim Fire is getting BIG!
August 24, 5:23pm

Re: Day hikes around Santa Fe
The perimeter has reopened after the fires so there's the western lakes (keep going up to the TH by Ski Santa Fe from the NE side of Santa Fe) or Hamilton Mesa via Iron Creek TH and maybe Pecos...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Day hikes around Santa Fe
August 18, 6:42pm

Re: 65 Mile Loop - Flat Tops Wilderness, CO
Great report. Wonder if the increase in cattle you saw were those coming from the burnt wilderness areas down here (i.e. no grass left to graze)?

In Post-Trip Reports » 65 Mile Loop - Flat Tops Wilderness, CO
August 18, 5:51pm

Re: Who makes the best clothing for Desert use
The desert has seasons like every other biome (having lived and worked in various deserts - outside LA, AZ, NM, far west TX, and Kuwait/Iraq). One constant, I usually go with long pants after much...

In GEAR » Who makes the best clothing for Desert use
August 16, 11:49pm

Re: Where Did Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Go?
Maybe as going to a slow carb or paleo diet takes some getting used to, so maybe your body is simply used to it. The Fritos had some serious kcals however (students can do calorimeter experiments ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Where Did Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Go?
August 16, 10:22pm

Re: Getting ready to head to Canyonlands in a few weeks. Advice?
I did the Needles with a Vapor Trail a few times and hauled my water in late Sept/early Oct.,check my photobucket link - its really a great place. Can't go wrong with the scenery (both natura...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Getting ready to head to Canyonlands in a few weeks. Advice?
August 16, 6:09pm

Re: The SUL Mindset, Part 2: Less vs. Lighter
Think the point of the article was if one started traditional weight items (R3, down bag, waterproof/breathable jacket, etc..), an interested traditional packer could still go UL by taking less of ...

In Editor's Roundtable » The SUL Mindset, Part 2: Less vs. Lighter
August 10, 3:07pm

FS: Terra Nova Ultra 20 pack
I bought a new Terra Nova Ultra 20 pack for a daypack but have not used it in about 6 months (only filling it with gear and mirror fitting it), so putting it up for sale for $105 (compare to approx...

In Gear Swap » FS: Terra Nova Ultra 20 pack
August 07, 9:54am

Re: Elk creek / Needleton Loop - Silverton
I have only done portions and never the complete loop. The area around Elk Creek becomes alpine as you approach an old miner's camp and then it's pretty exposed all the way to "Bear To...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Elk creek / Needleton Loop
August 02, 6:51pm

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