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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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StateNM
CountryUSA
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Re: Mauna Loa vs the jungle and the sky island effect
Mauna Loa is a volcano at 13680 ft. (4170 m) above sea level with historic temperature right above freezing in June. It wouldn't take much for a little snow. Having just returned from the...

In Chaff » The Carbon Flame War
June 12, 9:23am

Sedona
Sedona AZ? Most areas around Sedona's Red Rock/Secret Mountain are for dayhiking, though there's some backpacking if you care to go upstream, it's mostly canyoneering ("swimming&...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trip planning help eastern us or near Sedona
June 11, 7:34pm

Which jacket ? for casual town wear or short hill walk ... wind resistant, rain resistant, flexible, looks good for town
The North Face Geosphere jacket may fit the bill, though I'm usually partial to Patagonia. I'd take it out for a half day hike, snowshoe, whatever ... just a tad heavier at 18 oz but it wa...

In Gear Lists » Which jacket ? for casual town wear or short hill walk; Light < 16 oz. wind resistant, rain resistant, flexible, looks good for town
June 09, 9:05pm

Water repellent coverings with down
For a typical weekend (2-3 nights), wouldn't a down sleeping bag or quilt using a water-repellent cover be just about as good as a synthetic unless you jumped in a swimming pool with it? Feat...

In GEAR » Down vs. synthetic sleeping bag
June 09, 6:23pm

Drink mixes for hot weather
While water is great, wondering if there are any powdered drink mixes out there for hot weather for a change in flavor? Plusses if they are sugar-free.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Drink mixes for hot weather
June 09, 10:13am

Re: El cheapo State Park
CA seems to have more SPs amenable to backpacking than most (next closest is TX Big Bend State park-all else out west seems to be federal). Seems foolish (as in penny-wise and pound foolish) to fo...

In Chaff » Depressing article about state Parks
June 07, 8:44am

Packing a Shelter
My preference is to pack on the outside - handy, plus easier to dry out as I'm hiking on the trail if need be.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Packing a Tent
June 05, 1:50pm

Te Araroa - The Long Pathway - New Zealand
Looks great. Wasn't there a thread to a hyper-linked blog of someone hiking the unfinished trail on BPL?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Te Araroa - The Long Pathway - New Zealand
June 05, 1:45pm

Re: Footwear
That's good to hear i.e .. UL footwear + snowpack has worked

In Post-Trip Reports » Enchantment in the Sangres - Backpacking the Pecos Wilderness, New Mexico
June 04, 4:13pm

RE: Ventana
Your Ventana trip looks much greener than mine through Arroyo Seco and, like you, I resented paying a private campsite operator for access to hike on public land. Guess California has its wet ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Ventanna Wildnerness: Santa Lucia Trail and Marble Peak trail 5/25-5/27 2011
June 04, 3:31pm

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