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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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Sounds good Jerry
I plan to take plenty of photos. I'll shoot some video too.

In Chaff » Survival Trip in the "Fortress of the Bears"
June 29, 9:37am

Survival Trip in the "Fortress of the Bears"
Hi Folks, I am planning a 2+ month trip to Admiralty Island, Alaska, leaving Monday. I'm not bringing any food other than salt and pepper. This will be strictly a foraging, fishing and hunti...

In Chaff » Survival Trip in the "Fortress of the Bears"
June 28, 1:15pm

Clothing first, then DEET as needed for me
Like Dena, I rely primarily on long sleeve shirt, long pants and, in my case, usually a hat and bandana worn "Foreign Legion" style. Most experts agree that DEET is very effective and ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » bug juice
June 25, 7:17pm

That's a good stat
People often fear the wrong things. I think people are likely to live longer, happier and healthier lives if they make frequent trips to the backcountry.

In Philosophy & Technique » Safety in the backcountry
June 23, 8:14am

Have fun Amy!
You will make a lot of friends on the river as you travel. It will be a great adventure.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Down the Mississippi River by canoe
June 23, 8:08am

Re: Where would you setup camp in this picture
I would push down into the trees a little way if I was expecting lightning. I agree with the theory that a small clump of trees may not be better than a single tree. If I expected a storm witho...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where would you setup camp in this picture
May 17, 8:15am

Re: Re: Fire Bans
"But we have data and we can weigh the relative risk. Data rules." I'd like to look at that data if you can cite the source.

In GEAR » Hikin Jim's "Dry Out West" Stove Article at GG
May 06, 6:22am

Alcohol stoves are much more dangerous
I'm saying that as a career smokejumper and a long time alcohol stove user. Most people have no idea how quickly a fire can escape and become unstoppable. It is possible to seemingly "b...

In GEAR » Hikin Jim's "Dry Out West" Stove Article at GG
May 03, 9:13am

Re: Re: I'd go sythnetic for the Brooks Range
Thanks! I appreciate that.

In GEAR » Down vs Synthetic Puffy in the Brooks Range
May 01, 1:52pm

Re: Re: Giardia information sources
That would be fine Jerry.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I probably have Giardia.. and it's no fun :-(
May 01, 10:07am

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