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Buck Nelson (Colter) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Alaska
About Me I have recently retired as a career smokejumper. Like most Backpackinglight members I enjoy my outdoor adventures, such as thru-hiking the AT, CDT, the Desert Trail and PCT. I recently completed a 1,000 mile traverse of northern Alaska. You can see photos and the stories at my website.
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All Forum Posts by Buck Nelson

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Re: Re: Fire Bans
"But we have data and we can weigh the relative risk. Data rules." I'd like to look at that data if you can cite the source.

In GEAR » Hikin Jim's "Dry Out West" Stove Article at GG
May 06, 6:22am

Alcohol stoves are much more dangerous
I'm saying that as a career smokejumper and a long time alcohol stove user. Most people have no idea how quickly a fire can escape and become unstoppable. It is possible to seemingly "b...

In GEAR » Hikin Jim's "Dry Out West" Stove Article at GG
May 03, 9:13am

Re: Re: I'd go sythnetic for the Brooks Range
Thanks! I appreciate that.

In GEAR » Down vs Synthetic Puffy in the Brooks Range
May 01, 1:52pm

Re: Re: Giardia information sources
That would be fine Jerry.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I probably have Giardia.. and it's no fun :-(
May 01, 10:07am

Giardia information sources
I find the NOLS information very interesting because they are engaging in outdoor activities like us and seem to keep some good records. Thanks for the link, Jim. I'd like to note that NOLS has...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I probably have Giardia.. and it's no fun :-(
May 01, 9:49am

I'd go sythnetic for the Brooks Range
I'm a big fan of down insulation under most conditions, but I used a synthetic hoody on that Brooks Range traverse and I'm mighty glad I did. Old Eskimos were saying it was the rainiest sum...

In GEAR » Down vs Synthetic Puffy in the Brooks Range
April 30, 8:46pm

Water, hygiene and more
One of the very best studies is "Medical risks of wilderness hiking" METHODS: In a prospective surveillance study, 334 persons who hiked...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I probably have Giardia.. and it's no fun :-(
April 21, 5:30am

The law, not the biggest militia, should prevail
The law is pretty clear. Bundy is in the wrong. The BLM has been trying to settle this peacefully for 20 years. Bundy said I don't recognize the United States government as even existing How...

In Chaff » Bundy......A True American Hero?
April 17, 10:26am

You are right. Bear attacks are rare.
"Attacks are rare, and no one has been killed or seriously injured by a black bear in Yosemite."

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » bear attack history in Yosemite
March 29, 6:51am

Suntactics sCharger-5
I have one and have carried it many miles. The manufacturer doesn't recommend hanging them from a backpack but I wanted to try it. I drilled holes in the corners and used mini bungees to han...

In Make Your Own Gear » Suntactics mounting tips needed
March 25, 9:39pm

All Reader Reviews by Buck Nelson

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Marmot Hydrogen (2004 model)
I've got an older model with the shorter zipper that weighs 23 oz. I use it with my warm clothing (down jacket, balaclava, long underwear) on the coldest nights. I've slept toasty down into th...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
December 31, 10:08pm

ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tent
I used this shelter on my Desert Trail hike, Mexico to Canada, followed by three weeks canoeing the Yellowstone River. My shelter...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
November 20, 9:43am

SMD Wild Oasis
I got my Six Moon Designs Wild Oasis for the Pacific Crest Trail. I already had the SMD Lunar Solo, which I love, but decided to save a few more ounces with the Wild Oasis. I planned to switch to the ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
December 14, 5:20pm

Darn Tough Socks Boot Sock Cushion and Full Cushion, Merino Wool
I have been a loyal Smartwool wearer for years. For me, Merino wool is the way to go. On prior thru-hikes Smartwools were very comfortable but seemed to wear out too quickly. So for the PCT I got some...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
December 03, 10:43pm

ULA Helix "Ice Axe" Potty Trowel
I bought one at the "kick-off" to use on the PCT. It broke when I was chopping snow to melt for drinking water. I was appalled when I looked at the broken pieces to see how weak this "i...

In Climbing Gear & Accessories
December 02, 10:56pm

GoLite GoLite customer service
I liked my Golite Infinity pack but the material was too weak. Golite quickly and cheerfully replaced the pack. Unfortunately I hadn't requested a newer model and after nearly two thousand miles t...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 05, 12:05pm Customer Service
I hiked the Continental Divide Trail last summer. In New Mexico there were two pieces of new gear I wanted. A friend put in an order with on my behalf to be delivered to Ghost Ranch. W...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 21, 4:05pm

PossumDown Gloves (BPL Gear Shop)
I used these gloves on my CDT hike. Ultralight hiking is all about tradeoffs, and these gloves were a good compromise. Under normal cool conditions, say to just below freezing, they were quite warm. T...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
November 26, 8:41am

Titanium Goat AGP AGP
I used these poles on my CDT and PCT and Desert Trail hikes. I often hike with a single pole. These are not poles for people hard on gear. If y...

In Trekking Poles
October 08, 1:58pm

Pak-Lite White Super
This is a very good light. I'm giving it a 4 instead of a 5 because this is the Backpackinglight website, and there are other lights that are much smaller, lighter, and do a similarly good job. Fo...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
October 08, 11:31am