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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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get your shoes dialed in soon
Looking at the updated list, the thing that jumps off the page for me is this text in bold font: "trail running shoes??" If you don't already have your footwear dialed in, I strong...

In Gear Lists » PCT through hike list
April 14, 10:59am

ASIC Gel-Kahana 4's, but ...
"It would also be interesting if you listed an approximate drying time after stream crossing. Assuming a continual hike from stream crossing to dry time." I think that the specific mod...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » List your "quick drying" trail runners that you also cross streams in.
April 12, 11:22am

Chunk vs. thru-hiking
A couple of comments about this: "I've never done the entirety of the pct at one go, but in my mind I would always skip the the whole first bit from the Mexican border to well into the so...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anyone ever regret a thru hike??
April 02, 9:57am

For more on this ...
I know that this discussion has come up at least once on whiteblaze, so if you want even more (!) on it, search there; it's about the same thing in this case whether the AT or PCT. W.r.t. th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anyone ever regret a thru hike??
March 27, 12:26pm

consider battery recharge and bugs in software and ...
I've used android phones on backpacking trips, but I walked with a fellow for a month or so that used an iPhone and it worked well for him. It seemed less buggy; at times I would have to reboo...

In GEAR » Must-have smartphone features for the outdoorsy type
March 27, 12:12pm

precip likely?
I normally sleep in my hiking clothes, but if it's significantly wet out --- and more to the point, if my clothing is likely to be significantly wet at the end of the day --- I prefer to have a...

In Philosophy & Technique » Separate sleeping clothes - yeah or nay
March 26, 5:58am

neo air trade-offs
Great logic. I used my neo air in temps into the teens (F) on the AT and on the CDT as well (lots of snow there), but as you suggested I coupled it with one or at times even two thin ccf pads (GG ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thoughts on gear for long-distance hikers
March 24, 5:08pm

Interesting neo air comment
I was interested in the OP's comment about the Neo Air all season. I've done quite a lot of miles in original Neo Air's and never had a puncture. One delaminated somewhat, so it's...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thoughts on gear for long-distance hikers
March 23, 8:43am

ditto on Lightheart Solo
"The Zpacks solo is insanely light, but is cuben fiber durable enough to last several months?" Relating somewhat to both of the last posts, I hiked the CDT in 2011 with a cuben-upper L...

In Gear Lists » PCT through hike list
March 15, 10:03am

Re: Dumb snake question...
Had a ringtail jump on my chest when cowboy camping in the Grand Canyon, but never a snake. The other fear that people express is that scorpions will get them. Or just generally other creepy craw...

In GEAR » Shelter recommendation for PCT south end...
March 15, 9:57am

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