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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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Re: Re. PCT Southern California - early start. Water, San Jacinto snow pack...?
Another question (water wise) is how a decent El NiƱo (as predicted) might affect that stretch of the PCT (and the rest of it)

In Pre-Trip Planning » PCT Southern California - early start
July 31, 1:40pm

Re: PCT Southern California - early start
Reading the pct blogs, some take off for weddings, or drink beer at major cities (sign me up!!), ... so I wouldn't see a problem in terms of HYOH. If doing the PCT, I'd probably have to ta...

In Pre-Trip Planning » PCT Southern California - early start
July 31, 8:51am

Re: Vandalism of wilderness signs
I'd agree with Ken in the US, there's always been shooting up rural signs. I would lay the blame on that segment of the population that displays the "wilderness - land of no use"...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Vandalism of wilderness signs
July 31, 8:34am

Re: DEET and dyneema
In the interests of science, I sprayed both water bottle pockets with water from a spritzer and the side soaked in DEET lost a little beading ability and seemed to soak up a little more. Lucky thi...

In GEAR » DEET and dyneema
July 30, 6:57pm

Fabric with dyneema grid
Yes is the pack fabric with Dyneema grid pattern, so assuming it's nylon (must find who switched my coffee to decaf this am). I've seen some posts where nylon is supposedly not affected bu...

In GEAR » DEET and dyneema
July 30, 12:42pm

DEET and dyneema
Anyone else have experience with 100% DEET getting on Dyneema (same Dyneema as GG packs btw)? Had the cap work itself lose while in a water bottle pocket of one of my ZB-2's, but noticed it a ...

In GEAR » DEET and dyneema
July 30, 11:08am

Updating my cool to cold and wet gear
Cool to cold and possibly wet -talking central to southern Rockies as the monsoons roll through (or not), central California coast this winter, and perhaps Vermont - or use with present 60L-ish Zi...

In Gear Lists » Updating my cool to cold and wet gear
July 30, 10:43am

Re: Fire in El Portal / Yosemite NPS
Here's an updated article from the LA Times with photos and a unique twist - someone was flying a drone I guess for info purposes but fire officials feel it poses a threat to firefighting aircr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Fire in El Portal / Yosemite NPS
July 29, 7:19am

Cut the cord
Pros: if connected to a weather app, one could be more prepared and the almost real time blogs of thru- hikers are pretty neat. Cons: peering into a screen or waving the phone in the air while try...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Connected on the trail
July 29, 6:25am

Re: Reasonable vs unreasonable
If an item has provided a reasonable lifespan, I'd be loathe to return it. If it failed almost out of the box or off the showroom floor a return is in order. Complicating this is a lifetime...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » REI return policy
July 29, 6:14am

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