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HK Newman (hknewman) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Western US
About Me Started backpacking in 1998 in my early 30's- US with some global travel (Pacific, Europe, Asia, northern Mexico). Semi-retired from govt type work, now working 2-3 contracts per yr, trying to keep summer and winter free to backpack, mountain-bike,snowshoe. Here to hike maybe a bit more further, faster while still enjoying scenery, as I still haven't discovered the fountain of youth. Have a 20F kit, .. starting on a 45F one, maybe a deeper winter one (all interchangeable) need to update gear list.
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Sleeping bag and pack color
For my quilts, one side needs to be black for quicker drying. For summer packs I prefer a subdued color (right now "grid gray" or "black") as to blend in mostly for wildlife b...

In GEAR » color of pack, sleeping bag,...
September 20, 8:04am

Re: The PCT
@ DM, 10-K, Dan and all who hiked the PCT with fairly regular mileage. What were your big gear items and any challegenges (for your own gear or other hikers -- especially those who experienced &qu...

In Philosophy & Technique » THE PCT... FOR ME?
September 19, 9:51am

Re: Re: Re: Re: UL at 0° F?
Stephen: know the feeling as one trip I went on had a forecast low of 20° F but a dip in the jetsteam took it down to 3°F. My 25° bag was inadequate, and despite clothing, everywhere I pressed ...

In Winter Hiking » UL at 0° F?
September 19, 9:07am

Cheapest ultralight tent ("mainstreamy") IMHO
The ultralights from Eureka! are usually relatively cheap but still "mainstream tents"... yet very lightweight under 3 lbs. There's lighter but price increases. Think they still mak...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Ultralight Tents.
September 18, 9:03pm

UL at 0° F?
Over in the SUL thread, a "luxurious" SUL gear list for 30° was debated to be a 15° list if one wore the base layers to sleep I guess (that would be Cap 4 hoody/pants worn under a quil...

In Winter Hiking » UL at 0° F?
September 18, 5:47pm

Vest vs parka
Unless cutting weight by ounce, I'd say sleeves and more fill would add much more warmth than the increase in weight (especially getting into winter, where most places require more insulation)....

In GEAR » Utility of a down vest
September 18, 8:32am

Liking the flash reviews/mfr website
Liking the flash review format Yeah, a little weird (original post time-stamp) on the website itself, ... if I go through a search engine ... but there's a hyperlink (look for "here&...

In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp
September 17, 6:59am

Lightest pillows...
So many choices, RJ needs to weigh in with an article. Love the "hard-core hobo .." reference though...

In GEAR » Best lightest pillow recommendations
September 17, 6:32am

Mideast legacy? Militarism, empire
I don't know about the worst foreign policy legacy. The last admin under GW took the attitude "... we got hit fr Afghanistan, let's bomb and invade Iraq ...". At least Obama&#...

In Chaff » The Question of Militarism/Empire
September 17, 6:20am

Re: Backpack Options for Injured Shoulder: Lumbar Packs or Luxurylite Pack???
The last complete walker (IV) had a sample (good weather) Rockies overnight using a Mountainsmith "hippack"-daypack with an earlier eras down bag and bivy, but consumables in a side pocke...

In GEAR » Backpack Options for Injured Shoulder: Lumbar Packs or Luxurylite Pack???
September 15, 5:02pm

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