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Buck Nelson (Colter) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Alaska
About Me I have recently retired as a career smokejumper. Like most Backpackinglight members I enjoy my outdoor adventures, such as thru-hiking the AT, CDT, the Desert Trail and PCT. I recently completed a 1,000 mile traverse of northern Alaska. You can see photos and the stories at my website.
My Website URLhttp://www.bucktrack.com

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All Forum Posts by Buck Nelson

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Few safety precautions are foolproof
You make a lot of very good points Derek, and you've clearly done better research and put more thought into the issue than most hikers. Perhaps it's a bit like wearing a bicycle helmet. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Are we just kidding ourselves with our chemical water treatments?
October 31, 8:08am

I don't have an actual checklist, but one thing I did after my last long trip that I should always do is go through each item and think about what needs to be repaired, modified or replaced. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Post Hike Checklist Contest
October 23, 6:23am

Chlorine dioxide
I agree with those that say that Chlorine Dioxide treated water would have little or no effect on pathogens you've already swallowed. FYI I think most experts would say that rather than 13-1...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » A bit of Giardia with a Chlorine Dioxide chaser
October 20, 8:52pm

I don't know what happened but...
Stuff does disappear in shipping. I sent an item Express Mail, and it disappeared. I sent an official letter to the "dead mail office" again with tracking, and that disappeared. ...

In Gear Swap » Someone canceled their paypal payment after item was sent.
October 07, 9:47am

Iodine, inexpensive but...
Iodine is cheap. Downsides: tastes bad, relatively ineffective compared to other available methods, bad for you. One thing I've learned in life: it's not a bargain if it doesn't perf...

In GEAR » liquid iodine?
September 28, 2:54pm

Glad you had a safe climb
Extremely dangerous undertaking compared the lives we normally lead. Congratulations on a grand adventure!

In Post-Trip Reports » Cassin Ridge, Denali - harder and more rewarding than expected
September 28, 9:05am

Anecdotal or scientific?
Let me lead off by saying that water treatment is a personal choice. That said, the author's rules are not backed with good data. The author suggests looking for cold water, while other auth...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sipping the Waters: Techniques for Selecting Untreated Backcountry Water for Drinking
September 27, 12:20pm

Thanks folks!
Jerry, one thing I figured out is that the names huckleberries and blueberries are local terms. For example, where I grew up in Minnesota, it was all blueberries. In the interior of Alaska, it'...

In Chaff » Survival Trip in the "Fortress of the Bears"
September 22, 8:18am

Alaska survival trip update
I'm back! It was a genuine adventure. To answer a question or two above, obviously I had fish, berries and deer meat nearby my camp for most of that time. I had a small block and tackle syst...

In Chaff » Survival Trip in the "Fortress of the Bears"
September 21, 8:57am

It's a goal, I don't overthink the wording
I think we have a pretty good idea of what Leave No Trace means when it's applied to backpacking. I'm not overly literal in it's application, just like I don't campaign against t...

In Philosophy & Technique » LEAVE NO TRACE
September 18, 8:06am

All Reader Reviews by Buck Nelson

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Golite Pinnacle Pack
On my recent Continental Divide Trail (www.bucktrack.com) hike I started out with a Golite Infinity pack. This was a very good pack but the material was too weak and ripped in several places. Golite q...

In Backpacks - Frameless
October 06, 2:24pm

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo
I used the Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo on my thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail, just completed a few days ago, www.bucktrack.com. I began this hike with the same Silshelter I used on the Appal...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
October 03, 10:59am

Feathered Friends Rock Wren
I bought this bag to use on the Appalachian Trail. I got it with a PTFE shell and a little extra down. Mine weighs 29 ounces. I have since used this bag a lot, including my traverse of Alaska in 20...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 14, 8:00am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
I like to go as light as I reasonably can, but there are limits. For me this pad was too small. That's subjective, I know, but those looking at this pad should consider the size carefully. The wei...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 14, 7:16am