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Shawn Basil (Bearpaw) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me Eagle Scout, Philmont Ranger, Marine Corps Arctic/Mountain training (Norway deployments), Appalachian Trail Through-hiker ('99), NOLS Instructor ('01-'03), Trail Crew Leader (Cumberland Trail Conference, '00-'05), Pack and Bootfitter (REI, '01-'06), Colorado Trail Through-hiker ('06)
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All Forum Posts by Shawn Basil

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GSMNP Northern AT, July 1-6, 2008
As the counterpoint to our May hike from Clingman’s Dome to Fontana, Sleeps With Skunks and I returned to the Smokies to finish the rest of the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National...

In Post-Trip Reports » GSMNP Northern AT, July 1-6, 2008
July 10, 11:44pm

Mammoth Cave NP, June '08
Sleeps With Skunks and I decided to enjoy a short overnighter at Mammoth Cave NP after heading to my cousin's birthday party in Cave City. After getting up at my sister's place, we enjoy...

In Post-Trip Reports » Mammoth Cave NP, June '08
June 24, 7:24pm

12 days of the AT: from GSMNP north
Welcome to the Southern Appalachians. I know the sections you walked like old friends, and I always enjoy getting out there again. Standing Bear and Hot Springs are also important parts of the ...

In Post-Trip Reports » 12 days of the AT: from GSMNP north
June 07, 10:30am

How dangerous is thru-hiking?
My memories of my CT thru-hike from a couple of years ago easily ID the biggest danger as lightning. Expect it pretty much every afternoon, and since a healthy chunk of the trail, especially in th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How dangerous is thru-hiking?
June 05, 10:00am

Standing Indian Loop
Congratulations on what looks like a great attitude in the midst of a frustrating situation. You and Robin both look pretty cheerful despite the extra mileage. AT maps are notorious for not inc...

In Post-Trip Reports » Standing Indian Loop
June 03, 9:38am

Fantastic close-ups
Wow! The detail on your close-ups is really remarkable. Did you use a zoom to get them?

In Photo Gallery » VA AT Catawba Day Hike
June 01, 4:26pm

Re: Re:GSMNP Southern AT, May 25-28, '08
"BTW, what kind of skunks are we talking about here?" My wife is a skunk magnet. She has attracted skunks to our tarp at Land Between the Lakes NRA, to her tent at Longhunter State Pa...

In Post-Trip Reports » GSMNP Southern AT, May 25-28, '08
June 01, 2:16pm

GSMNP Southern AT, May 25-28, '08
Sleeps With Skunks and I decided to begin our honeymoon with a mild walk on the Appalachian Trail on the southern half of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, specifically from Clingman's Dome ...

In Post-Trip Reports » GSMNP Southern AT, May 25-28, '08
June 01, 10:26am

Good PJ News
Welcome back PJ! We've missed you.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Good PJ News
May 13, 8:05pm

">: ( Respecting the G Spot thread"
I was really enjoying the original thread. Granted, it's not on topic and maybe moving it to chaff would have been better. But: 1) It's not easy to be a moderator. I moderate at anoth...

In Chaff » >: ( Respecting the G Spot thread
May 13, 8:02pm

All Reader Reviews by Shawn Basil

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Gregory Z-55
After loving my old Gregory Z-Pack, I had high hopes for the beautifully ventilated Z-55. As a southeastern hiker, I usually head west to high cool mountains when summer heat and humidity begin to ba...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 03, 11:25am

ULA Catalyst
I've owned 14 packs in the last 8 years and the ULA Catalyst is the best pack of the lot. I've used in Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau and Great Smoky Mountains, Nevada's Tahoe Rim Tra...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 01, 9:23pm

Princeton Tec EOS
For years I used my Tikka and Tikka Plus, exuberantly satisfied with the compact, lightweight, and long-lasting nature of their light. But at times, I found that when I really needed extra light, suc...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 24, 3:53pm

Probar Energy Bar
When I first tried a Probar, I though I had finally found the "perfect trail bar" to challenge the venerable Bear Valley Pemmican Bar. It packs smaller, weighs slightly less, performs just ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 23, 5:13pm

Bear Valley Mealpack Bars
Bear Valley Meal Pack and Pemmican Bars are, without a doubt, one of the most efficient foods a backpacker can hope to carry. Since I first encountered them as a scout at Philmont 22 years ago, they ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 23, 4:55pm

GoLite Phantom Jacket
This was my jacket during my Colorado Trail through-hike this past summer. It's breathability is better than most, and its ventilation is superb. I hiked many miles over two weeks through monsoo...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 21, 1:55pm

Arc'Teryx Sirrus Jacket
This jacket, made in 2002 and 2003 used a combination of XCR Goretex with Paclite fabric, a combination I have not seen in other jackets. The breathability is, to put it mildly, superb. The material...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 21, 1:44pm

Mountainsmith Ghost
For warm weather in areas where I don't need to carry large amounts of water, this is my favorite pack. I use the original blue 2002 version. The pack is a dream for my longer torso. For those ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 21, 1:36pm

Gregory Z-Pack
I love my old, but tough 2004 Z-pack. It served me well for over 1000 miles and is still in good overall shape. My size large weighs in at exactly 3 pounds (after trimming off nearly 4 ounces of unn...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 21, 1:23pm

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
I first read The Complete Walker III in 1997. I'd been backpacking recreationally for 15 years, but still learned a tremendous amount and appreciated the well-written prose and humor in the book....

In Books and Media
February 21, 10:27am