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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, ... thinking about multi-week.

I'll update my gear list tomorrow ...
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Re: Grand Canyon Trip Report: Lessons Learned -Flying Tents, Ursack Minor Failures, LT4 Repairs
The Grand Canyon provides some interesting campsites, though none as bad as the packed rocklike dirt in the Corridor IMO. Maybe bring enough cordage to secure to the rocks in the future? Wo...

In GEAR » Grand Canyon Trip Report: Lessons Learned -Flying Tents, Ursack Minor Failures, LT4 Repairs
February 25, 7:07pm

External Frame Packs
Obviously they are best for flatlands, especially if a lot of water needs to be carried (flat deserts surrounding Big Bend N.P Chisos Mtns or other western desert flatlands .... or other flat place...

In GEAR » External Frame Packs?
February 24, 8:53pm

Re: External Frame Packs?
Internal frames came from the climbing world and were also better for balance with a load. Sleeker looking pack too so what Dan said is probably pretty fair. For UL externals, besides the Zpa...

In GEAR » External Frame Packs?
February 24, 7:08pm

Re: Everyday Carry
Not sure it deserves a list. Appropriate key, smartphone and wallet, but the later I've been leaving behind more and more as the apps on my smartphone debit my coffee, etc.. Still need an urb...

In GEAR » Everyday Carry
February 24, 5:49pm

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

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