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HK Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Started backpacking in 1998 - US with some global travel (Pacific, Europe, Asia, northern Mexico). Semi-retired from a govt type job working on the side. Here to hike more comfortably and maybe a bit furtherfaster while still stopping for scenery. Finished my 20F kit, .. starting on a 45F one (both interchangeable).

Gear list was for 3 days but made it almost as a "24-hour" adventure (like 25 hours) using the Z-pack
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Re: Really want this
It's tight on me at a chest size 44, though I'm fitting in westcomb and patagonia L at the same time. I'd say between a large and medium. Weight is about 3 oz (forget if I had the stu...

In Gear Swap » Montbell tachyon (L - black)
May 01, 6:16pm

Montbell tachyon (L - black) SOLD
Montbell tachyon windshirt zip L (kind of a slender large as it is tighter than a current Pata or west comb L and tighter than a chest size 44) black w/twinge of blue (old color) with sleeve pocket...

In Gear Swap » Montbell tachyon (L - black)
May 01, 6:05pm

No snow to mo' snow gear
Looking at some late Spring mountain threads, just curious as to what UL-lightweight gear many bring if starting out in "no snow" conditions but may likely need to keep going into deep sn...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » No snow to mo' snow gear
May 01, 4:22pm

Re: simple menus
I've been out for a week with the same food. Got real old towards the end. Add: to the point of repugnant...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Packing JUST a giant bag of granola (with nuts, raisins, etc)...
April 30, 10:08pm

Re: The long fleece beanie
I had one (REI store brand)used for sleep, rolled up, or rolled down over the ears - very versatile. Eventually it's been so burned by campfire (always get the pyromaniacs when I go out in a g...

In GEAR » The long fleece beanie
April 30, 4:04pm

Re: Training for Backpacking
Good summary of periodization applied to backpacking. Think everyone tries to get some smaller hikes in before a big hike, but this article gives more specific tips to invigorate those "trai...

In Editor's Roundtable » Training for Backpacking
April 30, 9:27am

Re: "Don't buy expensive ___; put your money toward good ___."
I'd say cuben: sil right now for regular pace backpacking. After shopping for a cuben replacement (w/optional hanging net) for my TT SW Moment and realizing for my sleeping size (my feet exten...

In GEAR » "Don't buy expensive ___; save your money and buy good _____."
April 30, 9:18am

For warm desert, many of the gear ideas can work - minimal shelter, quilt, and clothing. Saving pounds of gear weight for water to making the hike a little bit easier, faster, and more pleasant. ...

April 28, 11:42pm

Regional Pack Differences
Most here weigh gear as "base-weight" but that does not include your consumables (food, water). Not a problem in an environment with fresh streams, but in desert/arid/drought-struck envir...

April 28, 11:03pm

Tents and tarptents
Tarptents are fantastic shelters, combining protection with low weight. Just make sure you know what you want in a couples shelter before buying though. I have a Tarptent for solo which isn't...

In GEAR » acceptance into UL backpacking. the tent!
April 28, 12:44pm

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