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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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Severely obese societies
It's a growing problem in the western world, and about the only common sense solution is to charge overweight people more on their medical insurance (I saw an article on a US business news webs...

In Chaff » ‘Severely obese’ Cleveland boy taken from family, placed in foster care
November 30, 11:08am

Re: Dont buy this jacket ...
Matt: Their stuff can last a long, long time. An older hiking acquaintance of mine has a Patagonia fleece, bought in 1985, whihc outlasted his hiking career (he just retired and starting some long...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dont buy this jacket ...
November 29, 9:06pm

Re: Grand Enchantment Trail - Spring 2012
I'm not doing the entire trail but will be out doing some sections in Arizona's Pinalenos in a couple weeks (enroute to California once I finish some admin for work), then return via the G...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Grand Enchantment Trail - Spring 2012
November 28, 5:28pm

Re: Scotsdale, AZ or Santa Fe, NM, ... overnight hike?
Camelback Mtn is a day use area. Your AZ options are the Superstitions, probably the Reavis Ranch Tr., as AZ will be warming up already and you will need to hunt for watering holes (may be storm d...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Scotsdale, AZ or Santa Fe, NM, where would you rather have an overnight hike?
November 28, 4:03pm

Re: My list
I want a helium filled backpack so I have a negative weight of about 80 pounds. In other words the pack will lift up on me Think that's been done in the last year or so, with some success ...

In GEAR » Dear Santa...
November 28, 10:40am

Dear Santa...
What gear or apparel would everyone like to see that does not yet exist? Maybe the gear makers will listen (ok, probably not)... What I'd like is one of these companies to design, sew, or be...

In GEAR » Dear Santa...
November 28, 9:39am

In Practice
In practice, depends what you are doing. I doubt the BPL group running the R2R2R this spring will be fueling themselves with cold, leftover BBQ ribs or cold poultry drumsticks in place of carbo-ri...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ketogenic diet as a way to lighten pack?
November 28, 9:27am

Pent up hiking fever in the American sunlands
Actually just about to get started in Arizona and maybe southern California (we'll see). Just got one more week of work before 2 months of vacation. Last year one abnormal snow dump was foll...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The doldrums
November 26, 12:50pm

Talon 11
Had a Gregory Z25 but sold once I got the Talon. Have a Flash 18 but it barrels up pretty quick when packed

In GEAR » What size of daypack is everyone using?
November 24, 7:37pm

Re: Re: Non-western countries
David: Uniforms are just that, they all have look the same, so any sort of extra ornamentation is avoided in battle or field uniforms, especially when entering/leaving vehicles in a potentially h...

In Chaff » Cross removed @ Afghanistan Base
November 24, 6:52pm

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