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HK Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Started backpacking about 98. Semi-retired from a govt type job working on the side. Here to hike more comfortably and maybe a bit faster iot experience scenic hikes. Done with my 20F kit, .. starting on a 45F one (both interchangable UL to semi SUL whatever that is).

Gear list was for 3 days but made it almost as a "24-hour" adventure (like 25 hours) using the Z-pack
Statethe West is the Best
CountryUSA
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Re: Osprey Exos noisy
Mine starts squeaking but stops within a few steps. It was worse when I tried carrying a heavier load with it.

In GEAR » Osprey Exos noisy
September 15, 12:15pm

Re: Not impressed with the entire category
Tried the Montbell UL down liner many moons ago but sold it - though light there's just not enough down, especially if a shell jacket is pressing on the down. Not about to give the category an...

In Editor's Roundtable » Patagonia Ultralight Down Shirt Review
September 14, 6:41pm

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In Gear Swap » WTB: Six Moons Designs Lunar Solo tent
September 14, 6:34pm

Re: Is lightweight backpacking anti-capitalist?
I just think there's some inventive mo- (um, characters) on this website and am in awe of their workmanship. That said, packs, quilts, shelters, can stoves, and even apparel is one thing. I...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is lightweight backpacking anti-capitalist?
September 13, 9:49am

Re: Is lightweight backpacking anti-capitalist?
It's one thing to make a finished pack like most of the fantastic MYOG packs I've seen handmade on BPL. It's quite another to make a running shoe, a canister stove, a titanium pot, etc...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is lightweight backpacking anti-capitalist?
September 13, 7:37am

Re: "Favorite Season To Hit The Trail"
Missed this discussion: I prefer May - June (late spring/early summer) as it starts warming up but before summer thunderstorms come through (almost hit by lightning once, so I avoid stormy conditio...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Favorite Season To Hit The Trail
September 12, 4:32pm

Re: Interesting sleeping bag concept.
Read this today and nice attempt, though it probably needs testing to get a more realistic rating as it has synthetic insulation. Wonder if 17F was the survival rating. Windbreaks, other clot...

In Make Your Own Gear » Interesting sleeping bag concept.
September 11, 8:28pm

Re: What use is a big, center mesh pocket on your pack to you?
Carry my Chacos on summer trips where there may be some swimming. hot springs, etc..

In GEAR » What use is a big, center mesh pocket on your pack to you?
September 09, 12:20pm

Feedback
The "military personal folder", p38 can opener, and web belt makes me think this came from an old Army packing list, at least partially, although the rations do not make sense (unless car...

In Gear Lists » Feedback on this pack
September 09, 9:46am

Re: Staking out a non-free-standing tent on very hard ground....
Use some cord to tie off to large rocks, etc..., though the method above can work fine if the branch is right-sized, and the rock is movable yet heavy enough to provide a stable anchor.

In GEAR » Staking out a non-free-standing tent on very hard ground....
September 08, 11:08am

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