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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, likely going 2 weeks or more with upcoming severance. Lightening up but with an eye towards toughness and hiking convenience (secure drying on the trail. quick set up, etc...), maybe better food (and beverage) for most overnights. Then again I might want to do a spartan "fast n'light" overnight ... and the gear closet grows.
I'll update my gear list tomorrow ...
CityThe Gila
StateNM
CountryUSA
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Re: Favorite pants?
Hiking in varied conditions at moderate temps it needs to be the semi-stretchy Patagonia old Rock Guides, which have legs that roll into shorts and stay there if need be. Think they've been re...

In GEAR » Favorite pants?
April 25, 6:37pm

Re: Longest backcountry trails in a tropical/jungle area?
There's always the Darian Gap of Panama if an adventure from which ones return isn't assured is ok. Tropical places tend to focus on resorts and beaches, especially in Latin America. So f...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Longest backcountry trails in a tropical/jungle area?
April 19, 8:20am

Re: Zimmerbuilt
My Zimmer-built packs are frameless or use thin foam as a frame; they work great with those weight limits in mind. My torso length was correct, so that has helped. You must be sure of your design ...

In GEAR » Zimmerbuilt
April 15, 9:58pm

Re: Polypro stink
Ian: It may also be my oily skin, which becomes a buffet for bacteria - wrapped up for the little suckers like a polypro burrito. It was so bad on my Jansport Rockies 7000cu in+ monster pack at ...

In GEAR » Polypro reconsidered also, but in different ways
April 11, 9:39pm

Re: Re: "Oh yeah well when I wuz in the Army..."
Justin: Yes, flammability issues. The wickiness was great, ... many bought aftermarket UA Heat-gear on their own dime, but everyone neglected to think about flame (didn't read about the Falkla...

In GEAR » Polypro reconsidered also, but in different ways
April 11, 9:16pm

Re: Polypro reconsidered also, but in different ways
Thin polypro against the skin really wicks (thinking Lifa from HH) but gets really smelly really quick. Then other companies came up with their own polyester base layers (Capilene, etc...) which c...

In GEAR » Polypro reconsidered also, but in different ways
April 11, 5:49pm

Re: How Safe Is Your Food? Investigating the effectiveness of odor-proof bags
Interesting, though the cover photo is reminiscent of American high school locker sweeps since the late 1970's (kind of had a surprise opening up BPL this AM). By the time I slather blueberry ...

In Editor's Roundtable » How Safe Is Your Food? Investigating the effectiveness of odor-proof bags
April 10, 10:33am

Re: Enjoying the wet
"The BPL archives have a number of excellent articles. IMHO, this one, from 2006, is the best: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/lightweight_guide_to_backpacking_in_s...

In Philosophy & Technique » Enjoying Continuously Wet Weather
April 09, 4:59pm

Re: The Hype of Dehydration and Heatstroke
In my experience, a continuous stream of dehydration, heat cramp, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke victims probably keeps the preventative tips in the first aid books (civilian and military). Even ...

In Philosophy & Technique » The Hype of Dehydration and Heatstroke
April 09, 12:47pm

Re: Canister failure: has this happened to you?
"Every Time someone teases Max an angel gets his wings! Especially the guy who got blown up on the AT by the canister stove..." Well, yeah. He will need wings since he doesn't ...

In GEAR » Canister failure: has this happened to you?
April 08, 4:25pm

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