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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.
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StateNM
CountryUSA
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Re: Re: What's the cause
+1 on the geography. Everywhere in the American west, if there's an agricultural valley, inhabitants burn agricultural wastes and also wood for fireplaces in the morning as the valleys serve a...

In Photo Gallery » Pollution over California's Central Valley
February 07, 1:26pm

Re: coldest temperature you've experienced?
3F above zero in New Mexico's Gila NF near the visitors center on a winter (short-range) backpack. Add that it was an unexpected cold snap and my optimistically 25F sleeping bag didn't...

In Winter Hiking » coldest temperature you've experienced?
February 05, 11:16pm

Hiking in the USA
California and the American southwest you can find perfect weather anytime. During winter the lower elevation coastal hikes are great and then as temps rise, travel to the taller mountains. Other ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Maybe Chaff?
February 03, 4:59pm

Re: How Do You Pack Differently When Traveling?
Depends on how many changes of clothing. My last trip to Hawaii to visit parents, I just took an Osprey Exos 34 which also included a no-cook backpack trip while out there, shoved an iPad in the f...

In Philosophy & Technique » How Do You Pack Different When Traveling?
February 03, 3:46pm

Re: selfish - a secret place
Weekends on the coast(s) are packed regardless of the venue. If I ever moved to California full-time, I'd have to work a few weekends to get into the backcountry on the less-crowded weekdays. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » selfish - a secret place
February 01, 10:09pm

Re: Move to the mountains, watch your ...
I've lived next to mountains in a number of western cities and mountain lions have occasionally strayed into the 'burbs as young cats stake out territory. Price to pay but usually by small...

In Chaff » Move to the mountains, watch your kids
February 01, 9:51pm

Re: packing cubes for the ultralight traveler?
I've used the old OR packing cubes more for long-term international travel and (+) found they reduce the volume of most clothing (even fire-resistant stuff), allowing a traveler to cram more c...

In GEAR » packing cubes for the ultralight traveler?
February 01, 1:50pm

Re: Tarp/Tent Fabric Color
If I were worried about being stealthy, maybe I'd go earth tone (some of that OD green cuben fiber, perhaps). My winter tents (Big Agnes eVent Sarvis 1+ and MSR Zoid 1) are mostly red in c...

In GEAR » Tarp/Tent Fabric Color
February 01, 1:39pm

Re: An ultralight life?
Sounds like a plan, and a budget (or you can think of it as a "spending plan" is budget sounds too much like "diet" ) is always good - but balance #1 with #5 to keep a little em...

In Philosophy & Technique » An ultralight life?
February 01, 7:35am

Houdini new color
@ Peter: It's more of a light grey, if you ever saw their Alpine windjacket (discontinued), the grey is similar to that. I did not notice any shine under a regular light bulb and only a little...

In GEAR » New 2012 Patagonia Houdini
January 31, 9:13pm

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