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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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Re: Grand Canyon Permit/planning
The further from the Corridor, the better. Also if you are flexible on dates/campsites, that may help rangers squeeze you in. There's also a slot for alternate itineraries that you may also ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Grand Canyon Permit/planning
January 11, 5:44pm

Re: Re: Brand New Non-Ultralight Adventure
I did a few of these in the military and a 35 lb ruck is standard. I made sure most of my weight was water and gatorade as to drink most of the 35 lbs as I hiked. Guess the "30 lbs of brick...

In Other Activities » Brand New Non-Ultralight Adventure
January 11, 1:49pm

Re: What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear?
Custom pack(s). With a long torso, fit from a store-bought pack has always been iffy but no more.

In GEAR » What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear?
January 11, 10:28am

Re: New black Zimmerbuilt pack is done!
Looks good. I have a stripped down Zimmerbuilt with a mesh back but more pockets in a winter version for easy access to gloves, hats, gaiters, goggles, etc... could be interesting.

In Make Your Own Gear » New black Zimmerbuilt pack is done!
January 11, 10:25am

My Fac
Tarptent Moment for most of what you have listed. Before that I had the BA Seedhouse but wanted a vent, more vestibule space, etc... This year I'll go tarp but keep my moment for buggy trips.

In GEAR » What's your favorite 3-season 1P tent?
January 07, 12:31pm

Portland vs. Chicago
Go with what feels best as we can get bogged down in minutia. Every city and even small town has its ups and downs. Think the advice to visit Portland in the "off-season" winter is good...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » do you all feel about Oregon??
January 07, 12:14pm

Re: King of Denial
Just depends on what you are doing. Trying to make record mileages, one may want to get to minimal weights and max miles possible since chances are they are going to zonk out when they hit the sac...

In Philosophy & Technique » King of Denial
December 30, 10:42am

Moisture in most MREs
Greg Most MRE entrees* are not dried or dehydrated in any sort of way, thus the water (and therefore the water weight) is locked into the food item already, which can add up depending on the num...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » New to MRE's
December 30, 10:35am

RE:... MRE's
The thing about MRE's is you are mostly carrying the additional water weight. These maybe good in arid temps where you may be carrying water anyways but probably too heavy for other uses. Als...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » New to MRE's
December 30, 8:57am

Re: Grand Canyon Permits - fax question
I've faxed some right after midnight which were denied, then some the next morning which were approved so they likely use some sort of random sampling (at least for March trips). Think when th...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Grand Canyon Permits - fax question
December 29, 3:40pm

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