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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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Why pay?
Site runs mostly on subscriptions I guess, and the free ones act as a hook. I'd hate to see this site go away and have to interview UL hikers myself (somehow) to see what works/what left them...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why do we have to pay for the last Sunny and Balls article?
December 21, 11:07am

Re: Re: Quick - best desert water bottle
Go get two or three 1.5 liter bottled waters The thicker brands should be relatively tough, I suppose. Aluminum vs plastic 1.5 L bottles is the actual decision.

In GEAR » Quick - best desert water bottle
December 18, 10:28pm

Re: Quick - best desert water bottle
Note I have an aluminum "Kleen Canteen", just seeing if there's something lighter, which does not require chugging 64 oz of Gatorade (though it may help with the 6 pack of beer I'...

In GEAR » Quick - best desert water bottle
December 18, 10:23pm

Quick - best desert water bottle
What's the best lightweight alternative to carrying a Nalgene or 2 in the side pockets, with a pack that isn't hydration bladder compatible? About to hit a trail day after tomorrow, so ca...

In GEAR » Quick - best desert water bottle
December 18, 10:18pm

Say what??
Really hope that your account was hacked or this was an inside joke, as I worked side-by-side with Australians while deployed, they are usually pretty good characters. Likewise, a couple of my c...

In Chaff » Why are Aussies inferior?
December 16, 9:27pm

Re: Re: Re: How are you celebrating the winter solstice?
When the days are the shortest of the year and the winter winds howl (even down here), it's time for family and friends, preferably in front of a big fire place. After Xmas, it's time ...

In Chaff » How are you celebrating the winter soltice?
December 16, 1:15pm

Re: ... Are We 'Brandwashed'?
Not really my field but brands do allow us to differentiate among similar products. Do the marketeers take advantage of this? Yes, but now with a little salt and pepper in my hair, having a big h...

In Chaff » Products R Us: Are We 'Brandwashed'?
December 15, 7:46am

Re: Using a bivy only in winter
Ive done it and it is cozy. If all sealed up though and you can't sleep, it may get too cozy (a touch of the claustrophobic). Plus the issue of getting in during a storm. Bring a tarp but th...

In Winter Hiking » Using a bivy only in winter
December 14, 10:30am

Re: Mountain serape
I've been searching BPLs serape posts but their design looks unique if the pics tell the whole story. It'd be nice if they could reduce the weight while keeping most of the functionality. ...

In GEAR » Hill People Gear
December 13, 4:51pm

Fer de lance
Fer-de-lances are one of the types of pit vipers found in central and south american, hunts at night, camouflaged during the day, though most visitors will never see one (as the article below sugge...

In Gear Lists » Need advice with clothing & gear for Costa Rica Osa Penninsula
December 13, 2:39pm

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