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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
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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

"Rails to trails" to "Rails and trails"
All isn't lost. The Dallas to Denton Texas rail to trail was reclaimed by the railroad to install a light rail but they just moved the bike/hike trail over .... and if could happen in Texas......

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking and wild camping in Europe: Legal aspects
March 12, 6:33pm

Pilgrims in the US
The only pilgrimages I've seen in the US are local ones (a few miles max) on the southwestern borders with the Hispanic Catholic presence. One of my old workers with Spanish heritage took his ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking and wild camping in Europe: Legal aspects
March 10, 11:32am

Re: RE: permethrin is great for ticks
@Nate - Last I checked, permethrin is only supposed to be applied to clothing articles. Needs to dry out too.

In GEAR » PERMETHRIN
March 06, 12:16pm

Can Rearrange : RE: can't stop
Until a few years back, I had systems (based on the old Mountainsmith "Mountainlight" packs and MH Phantom bags) for 15F, 30F, and 45F - with an eye towards a 4th dedicated 0F system. No...

In GEAR » Can't stop changing gear?
March 06, 11:20am

Re: Can't stop changing gear?
My thought process is to switch gear only in the colder months when I'm around (i.e. here for delivery as there's always a chance someone will steal a package left by the door) and then con...

In GEAR » Can't stop changing gear?
March 04, 10:58pm

Re: Re: Wrong forum
Think there are bigger things in life to worry about and didn't notice (i.e. not really caring to be honest) … although maybe a "design" forum for both custom and MYOG would work ou...

In Make Your Own Gear » Chris Zimmer Pack for Heavy Loads
March 04, 10:53pm

Re: Chris Zimmer Pack for Heavy Loads
Great looking pack. Was the red cordura a special order? I've been thinking of a larger pack if I ever get back into winter backpacking and a red/black combo would nice fit the bill.

In Make Your Own Gear » Chris Zimmer Pack for Heavy Loads
March 04, 7:37pm

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