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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.
CityFairbanks
StateAlaska
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.bucktrack.com

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All Forum Posts by Buck Nelson

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Backpackinglight: Where people actually talk science on the internet!
I realize this is an old thread but since this topic is something of a hobby of mine I'd like to add a few points. To the OP, I don't doubt there are upticks and down-ticks in giardiasis...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia Outbreak
November 11, 7:56am

Re: Re: Re: PCT 2014 list
I'd carry some kind of maps the whole length of the PCT: USGS Topo or guidebook maps or Halfmile's maps; and/or a mapping GPS. In 2010 and '11 with the trail buried under crazy amounts ...

In Gear Lists » PCT 2014
November 09, 3:31pm

re: "Is there a book on"
"If not, would such a book be popular (i.e., is there a need)?" Probably very popular with a small segment of the hiking community. Commercially viable is another matter. I agree. T...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is there a book on
November 07, 5:21pm

Looking good
Patagonia Houdini, pants or jacket? It's a personal choice, but I don't like hiking all day in blazing sun in shorts. I saw lots of people with roasted legs in southern CA. I think loose...

In Gear Lists » PCT 2014
November 06, 6:55pm

I usually camped away from shelters
I definitely wouldn't depend on shelters. People most want to use shelters when it's raining, and that's when they are most likely to be full. Full shelters are far less likely if you s...

In Pre-Trip Planning » AT Shelters- how frequently will I want to use them?
November 05, 5:03pm

THE skeptical giardia paper
Jennifer said: does anyone have any good scientific, peer-reviewed data that says drinking untreated surface water in the wild is NOT a risk for giardia? I know of only one peer-reviewed paper s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » POP QUIZ
November 03, 7:20pm

Giardia in the backcountry
Since the symptoms of a giardia infection don't show up for anywhere up to 3 weeks, how do you really know if you got it from back-country sources? Even Welch, perhaps the most quoted skepti...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » POP QUIZ
November 03, 5:15am

About 2% of North Americans have giardiasis
According to the CDC. People might build some immunity to a certain strain(s) leaving other strains for which they might have none. Facts matter.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » POP QUIZ
November 02, 1:01pm

Re: "POP QUIZ"
This is why I don't let people touch my food with their hands. Way too many people go to the bathroom and don't clean their hands afterward. Frankly I'm surprised it's more of a pro...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » POP QUIZ
November 02, 5:51am

Re: POP QUIZ
What do you mean by "people?" Makes a big difference if the person is 2 years old in a day care center or a backpacker. No one knows for sure the break-down of how people are getting g...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » POP QUIZ
November 01, 6:37am

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

Everestgear.com 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 Everestgear.com 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