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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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Re: a lot of company
Mags said: "Do it after Labor Day. Cool and crisp nights, less people, beautiful days and so on." Ditto. My wife and I hiked the JMT in September and it was wonderful. Yes, even then...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's so great about the JMT?
May 07, 10:02am

re: Not just underwear
To the good ideas in the last post, I'll add a couple more ideas: Alternate going commando, i.e., no underwear. This helps some people (including me sometimes), but not others, so --- YMMV....

In Gear Lists » PCT 2013 Mid-Late May Start NOBO - 3.5-4 month desired timeframe
May 02, 12:04am

soda pop bottle
A small (12 oz) plastic soda bottle works fine, never leaks. Or if you need a lot of fuel then --- step up to a 16 oz soda pop bottle! :-) I do like to keep it in a ziplock in outer mesh of my...

In GEAR » How to Get a Good Seal on Alcohol Fuel Bottles
May 02, 12:00am

OR sunrunner for me too
I too like the sunrunner, with the French Foreign legion (or Ferengi?) neck flap attached. A couple of reasons I haven't heard mentioned already: On a longer trip where one goes into town...

In GEAR » Sun Hats - Full Brim vs Ball cap with neck cape/bandana
May 01, 11:55pm

Not just about average pace
Doing longer miles per day isn't just about average walking speed; at least as important is hiking "style". I.e., wake with the sun, and since the OP suggested a hike in the Fall, ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Preparing for thru-hike
April 29, 2:34pm

give a serious try before you decide
On this topic in particular (more than most others) I find that a lot of people will be "certain" that they would never like going cold, without having given it a meaningful try. If yo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Do any of you forgo cooking food altogether?
April 24, 12:08pm

For me it's about the poles
"One option might be to stop by a walmart and buy whatever $5-$10 knife they have just for the one trip." Certainly a good idea. If you feel that you really need a knife at all, and h...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment
April 23, 10:59am

one other factor --- dehydration
A stray thought here, and apologies if this is already obvious to everyone but ... If your trip duration is measured in just days or at most a few weeks, do keep in mind that if you weigh yourse...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Calorie deficit to save weight. :)
April 23, 10:51am

Re: Snow
For me, the question of whether to bring Microspikes or not would be based on a guess at how extensive the snowfields are, as well as what times of day I'd be likely encountering them. Hiking...

In GEAR » Agressive tread on shoes - good enough for snow?
April 23, 10:43am

getting to Campo monument
Given the date that you're posting, I assume your start date doesn't match with the kickoff; for those going to the kickoff (which starts just a few days from now) there's a ride board ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Most enjoyable way to start the PCT?
April 22, 1:02pm

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