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HK Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Started backpacking in 1998 in my early 30's- US with some global travel (Pacific, Europe, Asia, northern Mexico). Semi-retired from govt type work, now working 2-3 contracts per yr, trying to keep summer and winter free to backpack, mountain-bike,snowshoe. Here to hike maybe a bit more further, faster while still enjoying scenery, as I still haven't discovered the fountain of youth. Have a 20F kit, .. starting on a 45F one, maybe a deeper winter one (all interchangeable) need to update gear list.
CityDuke City
StateNM
CountryUSA
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Quilts..
I've used EE Enigma (pro and regular) and just went with a long option on one since the difference in weight didn't matter much with the down. More concerned about getting one of their re...

In GEAR » Can we talk down quitls, your help appreciated
July 21, 9:26pm

OR helium bivy
Just used one returning to bivy sacks for north of San Francisco (Point Reyes) and did not have time for an eVent one from MLD. Water beads up on the outside but when zipped (or by a water source...

In GEAR » bivy questions
July 21, 9:15pm

Connected...
As long as it's out of sight, out of earshot, and therefore out of mind, I'm willing to cut someone slack realizing if they are looking for a signal they aren't hiking. Another limitat...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Connected on the trail
July 17, 11:35am

Re: Unbound Routes - AT thru
Great posts and photos ..., keep us updated.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Unbound Routes - AT thru
July 17, 11:23am

Learn to enjoy...
I'm usually out there to hike and camping only meant I need not hurry to return to civilization with a daypack. That said, camping requires a lot of skills and I'm thinking now,that wildfi...

In Philosophy & Technique » People who don't enjoy camping
July 17, 11:15am

Re: Re: What shelter am I looking for?
Yep, I knew it'd come down to these two unless I want to do the whole myog thing. It may come down to material (sil vs. cuben) and whether this shelter would need to stand up to cold/snow. The...

In GEAR » What shelter am I looking for?
July 17, 9:11am

Re: Connected on the trail
It is a more connected world and there's nothing to be done about it, ... except maybe camp in a valley with no reception while sharing ridge-line photos with the world once there's recepti...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Connected on the trail
July 17, 8:57am

Re: Broken leg, 6 days alone and rescued
Soloing cross-country will always be more risky than a trail in the middle if tourist season (summer). That said, I know of a few acquaintances who might have made that climb more risky ("hey...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Broken leg, 6 days alone and rescued
July 17, 8:40am

Avoiding the drought at Pt Reyes
Image shows clouds dipping into the Pacific momentarily ... - bring yer moisture-resistant stuff folks. Sure is pretty but can you hike it? .... to paraphrase the movie "the Dirty Dozen"....

In Post-Trip Reports » Avoiding the drought at Pt Reyes
July 14, 8:58am

Re: sleeping, in the woods?
Sleeping in the city or town isn't a picnic either. Had my share of loud, rude people with kids or pets inside decent medium priced hotels or even hostels. Schizoids in the hallway reading b...

In Philosophy & Technique » People who don't enjoy camping
July 14, 8:41am

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