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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 ...
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Best wildlife encounters
Bear: Had a black bear walk right in front of me on a trail going to Hamilton Mesa in Santa Fe's Peco Wilderness. Pretty silent, but by the time I fumbled for my camera, he had already gone d...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best wildlife encounters?
February 24, 5:17pm

Leopards at REI
Those Granite Gear Leopards look interesting if one googles images to how the crampon patch actually works (it's a crampon patch that attaches to those multiple belts ... mini-MOLLE attachments...

In GEAR » Packs @REI recommendations
February 24, 2:16pm

Not Re: Pulling my chain?
Got an official flyer in the mail a couple days ago about it, so it's apparently official, ... and too late.

In Gear Deals » REI Dividend?
February 22, 7:37pm

Sherpa duty vs stupid heavy
Think carrying a small child's gear or having a heavy pack in the military or alpine climbing,etc...,unavoidable due to commitment, is different from carry stupid heavy items. I remember my fi...

In GEAR » Examples of "Stupid Heavy"
February 22, 10:45am

Re: Standardized Boil Time ?
To be scientific about it, there'd need to start at standard conditions in a lab setting. If all the stoves had the same starting temps, altitudes, etc, a real life comparison shouldn't b...

In GEAR » Standardized Boil Time ?
February 21, 8:49pm

Taking a large plastic hammer from the car camping world to hammer in backpacking tent stakes. Shattering a whole bottle of powder Tang against some solid snow (made a pretty star pattern)

In GEAR » Examples of "Stupid Heavy"
February 21, 8:33pm

Re: Upgrading to 3+ season capability
Do either of you feel your pack (lightweight, not UL) can carry snowshoes weight-wise (or other snow mobility devices) if needed?

In Gear Lists » Upgrading to 3+ season capability
February 21, 6:52pm

Spring mixed snow gear - need recommendations
NM -already answered in gear lists

In GEAR » Spring mixed snow gear - need recommendations
February 21, 6:31am

Re: Re: Re hole-y
Spray doesn't work: 1) when it's windy 2) when victim is inside the tent, attacking bear/wolves/serial killer outside 3) when wolf is already biting your jugular artery or attacker penet...

In GEAR » Solo Wilderness Security
February 20, 5:15pm

Specifics about studying nature..
Great sources all. In addition to the Foxfire books, learn to identify the plants of an area. Start with some colored pencils and index cards (or "Cambridge notes"), though a weatherp...

In Pre-Trip Planning » The begining of the rest of my life.
February 20, 9:32am

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