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Brian Lewis (brianle) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Pacific NW
About Me Thru-hiked the PCT in 2008 NOBO, the AT in 2010 NOBO, and the CDT in 2011 SOBO.
My PDF Gear ListBrian Lewis (Gadget) AT NOBO 2010 Gearlist --- late Feb start

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All Forum Posts by Brian Lewis

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battery weight vs. availability
I've carried a Petzl e+lite on thru-hikes, and it uses a 'coin' type of battery. For colder and shorter-day portions I'll swap with a heavier light that puts out more lumens, but I...

In GEAR » Cr123 batteries
August 09, 11:09am

I switched to Backcountry Navigator
I used GaiaGPS for my Android for a while, but I kept having some problems. To be clear, these might be limited to my particular phone --- the variants of hardware plus operating system software i...

In GEAR » best app for navigation/GPS for a smart phone
August 08, 10:25am

wind can be an issue
I like rain skirts, or sometimes a poncho which is sort of like a short-sleeved rain jacket plus pack cover plus rain skirt all rolled into one unit (that can also serve as a somewhat minimal shelt...

In GEAR » Has Anyone Used a Rain "Kilt"?
August 07, 9:15am

put your money where your time is
I think the trade-off is different for someone that spends a total of a week or two on the trail per year vs. someone who spends a lot more time outdoors. I'm sanguine with my "full of ge...

In Philosophy & Technique » Gear Acquisition Syndrome
August 04, 10:00am

night hiking
Night hiking might help you out too, but best to do so in heavily treed areas so that the star formations, landform outlines, that sort of thing don't distract you from your quest for maximal m...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Piece of gear to stay focused
August 02, 10:27am

different opinions --- all of them correct
Different ways of doing this stuff. Bugs are few until somewhere into the Sierras, so I liked carrying a poncho tarp as shelter and raingear for the first 700 miles, almost never set it up. Then ...

In GEAR » Difference in gear for PCT vs. AT
July 30, 9:59am

Caldera cone on top of remote canister stove?
Thoughts about putting a caldera cone and pot on top of the burner of a remote canister stove (MSR Windpro)? I.e., any chance that it could overheat the fitting and hose to have it completely enc...

In GEAR » Caldera cone on top of remote canister stove?
July 30, 8:56am

How light? How waterproof?
Such a variety of jacket options. My OR Helium lasted, I thought, surprisingly well on a thru-hike in 2011. Fabric is still in fine shape; it's a good idea to reapply the DWR after a lot of u...

In GEAR » help choosing a light waterproof summer jacket
July 24, 10:59am

Another HYOY issue
I think this is another issue where it's best to not judge. If you thru-hike the PCT or AT around the same time that others are doing so, there's a kind of social pressure to pick up a...

In Philosophy & Technique » 'Trail names'
July 21, 10:05am

Re: Why we hike....
No one has mentioned weight loss yet? Then I'll mention weight loss. Well, and just generally getting in better shape in the way the I prefer to do it.

In Philosophy & Technique » Why we hike....
July 13, 11:02am

All Reader Reviews by Brian Lewis

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Ursack Minor
The "Ursack Minor" is quite distinct from the traditional Ursack, in that it's not meant to be bear proof (or "resistant" or whatever). Instead, Ursack says it's "for...

In Miscellaneous Products
August 10, 9:05am

Golite Force
I use Golite shoes because the toe-box is shaped a lot more like the front of an actual human foot. More specifically, most trail runners or other shoes give me problems due to bunionettes (little to...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 10, 8:45am

Montbell Thermawrap jacket
For 3-season backpacking, my thermawrap jacket is my sole insulation layer, coupled in some limited cases with a thermawrap vest. It's just a fantastic piece of clothing in terms of both weight ...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 10, 8:23am

Montbell Thermawrap Vest
I have a size medium Thermawrap jacket and a size large Thermawrap vest; I probably should have reversed those to be able to layer the vest under the jacket rather than over, but it actually works fin...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 10, 8:15am

Thermarest Neo-Air
Like Dylan Carlson, I also used a Neo-Air (size regular for me) on a thru-hike. My thru-hike was of the Appalachian Trail, starting in late February (2010), so a lot of snow and cold weather in the f...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
August 10, 8:02am

REI REI Peak UL Compact Hiking Poles
I too had something over 3000 miles on my pair --- the majority of that thru-hiking the PCT in 2008 plus a variety of much shorter trips. I started my AT thru-hike with them (early in 2010), but just...

In Trekking Poles
August 10, 7:36am

Memory-Map Navigator
This is actually a comparison of two product alternatives for putting topographic software on a Windows Mobile platform smartphone with a true GPS. The 4/5 rating is for one of those, Memory-Map Navi...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
September 22, 9:55pm

Golite Versa Force
Let me start by saying that my rating of '4' is tentative until I've done more miles in these. But as I found nothing useful in searching for reviews of currently-available Golite footwe...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 10, 12:25pm

ULA Axis Crampon
I'm hoping to thru-hike the PCT next year, and one of many equipment issues for me was the question of whether to use crampons or not in the Sierras. I also do day hikes in "shoulder" s...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 12, 12:13pm

Western Mountaineering SummerLite
I agree --- the summerlite is excellent. I frankly don't trust any individual evaluation of a sleeping bag temperature rating (32F in this case); so many things affect this, including not only th...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 21, 10:59am