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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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Re: Rocky Mountain National Park: bear cannisters now required?
..I don't mean to be a rule-breaker, but what are the consequences of not using a bear cannister? Will one be fined by the state? National Park service? My buddies who have run afoul of Gr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Rocky Mountain National Park: bear cannisters now required?
June 02, 6:25pm

Re: 2014 PCT Blogs
Looks like they are all coping with Sierra snow one way or another. Not a blog but here's a very recent article interviewing Heather "Anish" Anderson who holds the unsupported re...

In On the Web » 2014 PCT Blogs
June 01, 6:00pm

Re: Great website for snowpack information
Thanks, put the link in my toolbox. May need to put off going over the Colorado state line one more week as my interest areas still have a couple feet of snow (though I will confirm with the range...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Great website for snowpack information
June 01, 3:21pm

Re: Ben Smith from Goosefeet. Anyone correspond with him lately?
Looking at buying something from him late last year, he had a post on his website about his seamstresses taking some sort of leave at the same time, .. not sure that's the case anymore half a y...

In GEAR » Ben Smith from Goosefeet. Anyone correspond with him lately?
May 30, 10:15am

Re: Aquamira A+B ratio critical?
One is going to be the limiting reagent in chemistry talk, so I'm guessing the volumes needed err on the worst case scenario after the manufacturers testing. I'd still keep the relative ra...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Aquamira A+B ratio critical?
May 29, 11:58am

Re: Public Announcement - Bryce Canyon Backcountry Shutdown
Ted said.... making sure that people are informed that they are entering the bears "home" are ways to help prevent incidents, but there will be incidents no matter what we do as long ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Public Announcement - Bryce Canyon Backcountry Shutdown
May 29, 11:37am

Re: JMT Hike: Convertable Pants vs Shorts with built in liner
Recently returned a pair of convertible pants that had a seemingly tough-looking zipper fall apart after only a few zips. Definitely not a fan and going back to shorts or regular pants with approp...

In GEAR » JMT Hike: Convertable Pants vs Shorts with built in liner
May 29, 8:36am

Re: Thoughts on Colin Fletcher
Always have time to crack open my 4th ed of the Complete Walker having read the earlier eds at the library, ... guess it was a different time. There's a passage where he woke up in a farmers f...

In On the Web » Thoughts on Colin Fletcher
May 27, 12:17pm

Re: WTB: Exped Downmat Short or UL Downmat XS (47")
If you cannot find one, I have a small at 47 inches long with the built in handpump. Feel free to PM me.

In Gear Swap » WTB: Exped Downmat or UL Downmat short (46")
May 23, 4:23pm

Re: Suggestions for late June backpacking in CO
Leigh it's dry in the Pecos but not like last May - just returned. Even some postholing Not sure what it will look like late June though unless there's moisture. I was planning the we...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Suggestions for late June backpacking in CO
May 20, 7:50pm

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