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Hk Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Mostly 2 to 3 day loops, with a couple weeklong trips too, likely going 2 weeks or more with upcoming severance. Lightening up but with an eye towards toughness and hiking convenience (secure drying on the trail. quick set up, etc...), but also a bit better food (and beverage) for most overnights. Then again I might want to do a spartan "fast n'light" overnight ... and the gear closet grows.
I'll update my gear list tomorrow ...
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Low mileage : Re
I'd say the Magdelenas or better yet the Gila with a rental car. The nearest option would be driving ~ 90 minutes or so into Water Canyon southwest of Socorro NM on 60 (a bit of a gravel road ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » New Mexico
March 30, 10:00pm

Re: New Mexico
Snow or no snow? South ~ 4hrs towards the Gila visitor center (a trip all ashalpt I-25 south to NM 152 -> 35) is currently only lingering north slope snow.

In Pre-Trip Planning » New Mexico
March 30, 9:18pm

Re: difference
It's the same with pockets on a jacket. Pockets on a jacket were considered passé, then an article here a cpl yrs ago suggested foregoing waterproof glove/mitten shells since you can use your...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
March 30, 4:20pm

SPOT = OnStar for Alaskan snowmobiles
Probably not that much data to go on ... yet.

In Philosophy & Technique » SPOT Celebrates 1,000 Rescues in Canada
March 27, 3:21pm

Moonlight duo
Reading about 2 lbs per person - not unreasonable (think you should lead with that), esp for a tent 2 can be comfortable in ... plus BPL is redefining UL anyways (if increasing the load bearing abi...

In Gear Deals » Some new Tent ideas I have up on Kickstarter
March 26, 8:29pm

Back in the days of moving fast....
Mid to late 1990's, I read a book about how a wind-jacket was all a fast moving dayhiker needed (which appealed to me since I was financially "Beyond Broke" to paraphrase a Jardine ti...

In Philosophy & Technique » To Rain Jacket ... or ... Not to Rain Jacket
March 26, 12:21pm

Are windshirts a viable option on the future?
Just thinking about the current windshirt thread and lamenting the loss of breathability from the past front runners. The new ones either breathe far less or weigh 20% more - why buy from a major ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Andrew Skurka - Core Clothing
March 26, 10:12am

Poncho - tarp
I could see a beefed up poncho tarp like the Gatewood cape in certain situations, ... if it were somewhat customizable (not a fan of the arm holes which seem to be unsecurable, ditferent height) .....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Andrew Skurka - Core Clothing
March 25, 10:15pm

Light polycro
Every floored shelter I've had I've eventually sold .. so I cut a little DYI panel (not the entire shape). If worried about wear, how about a light piece of polycro sized just larger than y...

In GEAR » Best lightweight footprints?
March 25, 8:17pm

Almost like Hawaii overnight temps Re: ...quilt
During a overnight in Hawaii at just below 60°F (humid, light rain), I was good with just a liner and a fleece wrapped around my neck as a gaiter. That said, if I had to do it again I'd check...

In GEAR » Looking at buying a summer weight quilt
March 25, 2:11pm

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