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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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Perils of stealth camping, hiking, or even jogging in the US
This guy was homeless (James Boyd) not a recreational user, but still shows the dangers when confronted by law enforcement in a nice area as darkness falls (the Foothills Open Space is between the ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Perils of stealth camping, hiking, or even jogging in the US
March 26, 10:01am

Balance
Eventually we all find a balance. I backpacked every weekend* after breaking up with a non-backpacking girlfriend and prior to that, a divorce with a non-backpacking wife; my male friends were bu...

In Chaff » Lost and Found
March 24, 8:55am

Re: Backpacking solo
I prefer solo but it's not so much preference as it is avoiding conflicting schedules and general hassle. I can also hike according to my own schedule. There's additional risk but I mitig...

In Philosophy & Technique » Backpacking solo
March 22, 9:17am

Re: Re: Color camping photo ... from Tsarist Russia
Reading the last sentence of the original article, there has been some polishing over time but the link to the original images on file on the Library of Congress are still pretty amazing. Some hav...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Color camping photo ... from Tsarist Russia
March 21, 5:31pm

Color camping photo ... from Tsarist Russia
Here's a neat little find from a color photo (using an additive film technique of the primary colors) slideshow on Wired.com showing some tarps and Russians camping in 1909 .. not exactly LNT ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Color camping photo ... from Tsarist Russia
March 21, 10:12am

... Stairways of San Francisco
Neat adventure similar to what is in Los Angeles. Hope this type of hiking (for both practice and on its own merit) spreads to other cities.

In Post-Trip Reports » Stairways of San Francisco - 568 Stairways in 4 Days
March 21, 10:03am

Re: Clothing and insulation for hot humid hawaii help?
Depends if hanging out around in a camp situation maybe the lighter vest but there is dampness; had a camp fire on one sorta rainy night with some sea kayakers and was happy to have a little insula...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Clothing and insulation for hot humid hawaii help?
March 19, 11:43am

Wk+ long trips on-the-trail feet fixes
Out on a week-long trip (last week), a painful callous started developing despite having broken in my trail runners for about 60 miles. Thus I detoured off the trail into town (Mill Valley CA) at ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Wk+ long trips on-the-trail feet fixes
March 19, 11:34am

(Intentional) holes in a jacket
This caught my eye in the apparel arena. In this article for Outside magazine, HH claims to have gotten the idea by observing fishermen cut holes in their synthetic layers to keep from overheating...

In GEAR » (Intentional) holes in a jacket
March 18, 7:04pm

Re: Ultra-light but not ultra-precise
Watch the weight and complexity creep tho. At Point Reyes, messing around with a new system, an elderly hiker had a daypack-sized load and ukulele strapped to passed by. Even a "ray-way&...

In On the Web » Ultra-light but not ultra-precise
March 12, 10:01pm

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