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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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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

I've done it
I had both my summerlite and ultralite models overfilled, by WM. Took a while, but as I recall they alerted me to the delay in advance and that might have just been the particular time that I sent...

In GEAR » Adding overfill to a Summerlite
July 12, 11:40am

cheap casio
Except for the thermometer, a cheap casio matches the desired feature list, and I would point out is lighter weight than pretty much any "adventure" type watch I see on display at REI or ...

In GEAR » favorite watch???
June 24, 6:00am

Re: Words to hike by
The highest form of trail wisdom is knowing when to listen to your body, and when to tell it to shut the hell up.

In Philosophy & Technique » Words to hike by
June 24, 5:58am

who controls your pace, breaks?
One point I will make about using trail runners in snow is that it's helpful to be in sufficiently good shape that you don't have to walk slow and/or take a lot of breaks. Or be yoked to a...

In Philosophy & Technique » Trail running shoes in Winter
June 22, 10:25am

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