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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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How to convert others.....
I wrote an article a few months ago when I pitched an idea for a column in which I wrote about a typical day as a camping specialist in REI. I'm not including the full article (I'm still h...

In Philosophy & Technique » SUL and UL: Seeking Converts
July 31, 4:45pm

Re: 2007 Black Diamond Enduro CF Trekking Pole REVIEW
I have used BD poles exclusively for the last couple of years, mostly due to the reliability of the flicklock mechanism. I moved from the Contour (19 oz for the pair) to the ellipse-shaped Spire (...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2007 Black Diamond Enduro CF Trekking Pole REVIEW
July 25, 11:22am is SPAM
This IS spam and it has already been sacked from other forums where you showed up as a first-time poster or unregistered guest and SPAMMED the site. It also violates the rules of the forums here...

July 24, 12:24pm

Service/trail maintenance
I've helped build and maintain many miles of the Cumberland Trail in Eastern Tennessee since May 2000. I've seen the trail grow from about 120 miles them to over 200 now and hope to be the...

In Philosophy & Technique » Service to ourselves
July 19, 12:43pm

Re: sierra high country snow levels
I just had to abort my JMT thru-hike due to a stress fracture in my left ankle. However, up to 11K, there was NO snow on the trail between Yosemite Valley and Red's Meadow. The word from nort...

In Post-Trip Reports » sierra high country snow levels
July 16, 10:04pm

Re: Red River Gorge Stream Conditions?
I hiked the gorge two weeks ago during my Sheltowee Trace (sort of) thru-hike. ALL streams in the area are LOW, but even at its shallowest , there are still several inches of water in Red River Go...

In Post-Trip Reports » Red River Gorge Stream Conditions?
June 19, 11:57am

Big Agnes Mystic
I own the Mystic and use it for winter trips here in Tennessee. I am a big guy and typical bags won't begin to work with my 54 inch (135 cm) chest. I like the sleeve in the bottom which holds...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Big Agnes Mystic
June 19, 11:50am

Re: Re: Unsupported / Unresupplied Hike
Actually most of the guys at WhiteBlaze have dreamed big and already done one or more thruhikes. If you were there, having already walked a few hundred miles, and saw someone intentionally bypas...

In Philosophy & Technique » Unsupported/Unresupplied/Thru-Hikes
June 08, 9:10pm

Bright colors
On the flip side, if you're in an area prone to ATV traffic and you want to avoid run-ins with this population, subdued colors are far preferable in order to stealth camp. In higher mounta...

In GEAR » Bright colors or not?
June 07, 8:56pm

George Taylor and a tent for Philmont
The responses for Shire's Tarptent and Six Moon Designs are good ones. I own two SMD shelters (the Lunar Solo E and the Gatewood Cape) and can attest they are both superb for their intended us...

In GEAR » Big Sky International Update
June 06, 5:35pm

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