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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.
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All Forum Posts by Buck Nelson

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That was my photo of the broken ULA Helix "Ice Axe" above. I bought it for steep spots on the PCT assuming it would hold up in case I needed to do a self arrest. It broke while I was chop...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2014 Staff Picks
January 24, 10:10am

Yes. Usually a second lighter
It makes sense to carry a spare in a pocket where you'll always have it. Years ago there was a group of hunters floating a remote river in Alaska. Here's the story to the best of my memo...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Do you carry a backup fire starter? What and Why or Why Not?
January 21, 9:42am

Re: Cold sleepers: What are your go-to sleeping socks?
Possum wool. Light and warm. For sleeping only.

In GEAR » Cold sleepers: What are your go-to sleeping socks?
January 19, 7:27pm

There is no right or wrong answer...
Except for Doug I.'s answer. Which is right.

In Philosophy & Technique » Do Electronics Really Belong in the Wilderness ? !
January 19, 6:58pm

giardia per 100,000 gallons
"Years ago I read a story in Backpacker that cited some study whereas the incidence of giardia per 100,000 gallons of alpine water was no bigger than that of treated municipal tap water."...

In Philosophy & Technique » Do you ever not filter or treat your water?
January 13, 7:18pm

Not going to talk you out of them
They are both good choices for most backpackers going light. Are there better options? Maybe. Are there worse? Definitely.

In GEAR » Talk me out of these (Six Moons, Therm-a-rest)
January 01, 12:19pm

Here's the link to buy from Yogi... From her homepage you just have to click on the trail you're interested in...

In GEAR » Is Yogi's PCT Handbook worth buying?
December 25, 1:11pm

Yogi's PCT Handbook is great
I often say "it answer's questions you didn't know to ask." One of the major advantages of both her PCT and CDT handbooks is that they pull together a vast amount of information t...

In GEAR » Is Yogi's PCT Handbook worth buying?
December 25, 8:25am

How I do it
There are many things that can change plans, so I like to keep my plans flexible. I prefer doing as much resupplying along the trail as I can. Where that isn't going to be practical I will s...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Long distance planning ....
December 21, 8:33pm

It depends on the situation...
Usually I sleep with my food. Something to keep in mind is one of the most common ways for a bear to get food is a poor food hang. I commonly see food hangs that are so poorly done that a determine...

In GEAR » How do you store your food?
December 14, 10:24am

All Reader Reviews by Buck Nelson

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Golite Pinnacle Pack
On my recent Continental Divide Trail ( 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, 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