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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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Problems with accessing profiles....
I've had a lot of problems since the site change a couple of weeks ago accessing member's profiles. Thus it becomes impossible to PM others. I'm assuming this is a bug that is being w...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Private Message PM
August 11, 5:32pm

Cold more than altitude....
I did notice this summer, around 7700 feet (2350 m) on the Tahoe Rim Trail, that my SP Gigapower was a little temperamental, but at the mid-50 degree F (~ 12-15 C) temps I was in, this was an incon...

In GEAR » Canister Stoves and Altitude
August 06, 6:13pm

Congratulations are in order...
Very impressive, despite your not completing the full trail. A stress fracture forced me off about where you got off, except you started from the south while I was in the north. Having walked the...

In Post-Trip Reports » JMT Atempt Report
August 05, 9:36pm

Who wrote the review?
Considering that most of the BPL staff are Americans (Roger Caffin is the only one who comes to mind who is not), you can expect them to use American units, versus the tiny difference with UK measu...

In Chaff » Should BPL go metric?
August 05, 6:25pm

The issue is EXCLUSION of standard units
Doug, you asked: "Good discussion here but I'm a little confused- aren't we already doing both? ....Is there something I'm missing?" For me, the issue goes back to Tony...

In Chaff » Should BPL go metric?
August 05, 2:55pm

No argument with your logic
Brett, I don't argue the points you make. As I said before, I find the metric system easier to convert within its own system than customary units. It IS taught in U. S. schools, in EVERY s...

In Chaff » Should BPL go metric?
August 05, 11:15am

A cultural frame of reference.
Brett, I think you'd be hard pressed to make a case that American climbers have truly gone over to the metric system. For most, they're carry ropes measuring 165 ft, not 50 meters. Typ...

In Chaff » Should BPL go metric?
August 05, 12:05am

Why not both?
For an American, I'm pretty familiar and comfortable with the metric system. I used it extensively as a Marine, particularly in NATO operations. I work as a science and math teacher now and t...

In Chaff » Should BPL go metric?
August 04, 10:43am

What if green = heavier wallet?
When I teach an ecology/conservation workshop for teachers at a local college, I often talk about ways to get the average citizen to act environmentally friendly. I tell them there are 2 important...

In Philosophy & Technique » Green and Light?
August 04, 9:32am

Mt. LeConte Loop, GSMNP
After my stress fracture from my previous long hikes this summer, I was a bit nervous about this hike, though its short nature left me reasonably confident that my rehab efforts would pay off. My ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Mt. LeConte Loop, GSMNP
August 01, 8:32pm

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