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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.
CityFairbanks
StateAlaska
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.bucktrack.com

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All Forum Posts by Buck Nelson

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The law, not the biggest militia, should prevail
The law is pretty clear. Bundy is in the wrong. The BLM has been trying to settle this peacefully for 20 years. Bundy said I don't recognize the United States government as even existing How...

In Chaff » Bundy......A True American Hero?
April 17, 10:26am

You are right. Bear attacks are rare.
"Attacks are rare, and no one has been killed or seriously injured by a black bear in Yosemite." http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/bears.htm

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » bear attack history in Yosemite
March 29, 6:51am

Suntactics sCharger-5
I have one and have carried it many miles. The manufacturer doesn't recommend hanging them from a backpack but I wanted to try it. I drilled holes in the corners and used mini bungees to han...

In Make Your Own Gear » Suntactics mounting tips needed
March 25, 9:39pm

Some thoughts...
You mentioned taking a few months in Colorado to prepare for desert hiking. How much general backpacking experience do you have now? Your planned hike is an enormous endeavor. If you don't have...

In Gear Lists » Tentative List - Thru Hike Noob
March 20, 6:16pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
Well, Sleeping with your food in bear country is a lot like playing Russian Roulette five times with a five shot pistol. It is not a matter of "if", more a matter of "when." ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping Wth Your Food in Black Bear Country
March 20, 5:26am

Premixing not something I'm interested in
For one thing, AquaMira specifically recommends against it. If premixing risks making the treatment less effective I'm not interested. Secondly, premixing addresses a problem that doesn'...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » AquaMira 3 dropper system?
March 18, 6:02pm

Location, location, location
I try to avoid places where the wind hit's hard, especially when rain may hammer down. It's asking for trouble, even as far as a peaceful sleep free of flapping tarp material goes. I loo...

In GEAR » Tarp camping in the rain
March 12, 2:55am

I sleep
I do very few "camping trips." Most of my trips are hikes, hunts, fishing trips, river trips or bike trips. Regardless of which of these activities I'm doing usually it's dawn to...

In Philosophy & Technique » How Do You Occupy Self during Evening/Downtime when Solo?
March 06, 5:24am

Re: CDT gear lists
Looks like a pretty good list. If you are a cold sleeper I think bringing that warmer down jacket is a wise idea. The CDT is a cold trail. I had a 16 oz down jacket and used it as part of my sl...

In Gear Lists » CDT gear lists
March 04, 6:11pm

Down sleeping bags last a long, long time
My two most-used down bags have something on the order of 500 nights each of use. If they have lost any loft at all I have yet to notice. I think a whole lot depends on how you use and wash and ...

In GEAR » how long does it take to wear out a down sleeping bag?
February 15, 6:41am

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