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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 fit on the trip itself
I've had mixed results at trying to get fit in preparation for a specific trip. Sometimes I do an okay job at it, sometimes life intervenes and I can't (and/or don't). The great thin...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Staying fit for long hikes
June 15, 10:33am

depends on how "long"
W.r.t. this: "how their gear list changes/beefs up (for the same area they are hiking in and same season) for longer stints." I add a pair of very light running shorts and light t-shir...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Are you a (long) weekend warrior? Longer stints, gear list change much?
June 13, 12:06pm

MLD mitts more durable than you might guess
I've been surprised how well my MLD mitts have held up. I've no experience with cuben mitts, but did have a pair at one time of something made of a material quite like (or the same as) dri...

In GEAR » More durable, MLD Event rain mitts or Zpacks WPB Cuben mitts?
May 20, 11:24am

a similar thread
FWIW, this was hammered on pretty recently on another site, I expect others, such as whiteblaze hav...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Help me go Solo!
May 19, 11:59am

pro-tips ...
"I keep doing the math and if you're going out for 3 weeks and need battery the whole time a solar panel may be your best bet." Who goes out for 3 weeks at a time without some sort...

In GEAR » Pro-tips for getting the most from your Android phone in the backcountry.
May 19, 11:46am

couples thru-hiking together
Lots of people do this, on the PCT and other trails. My own wife is a bit too sane to want to hike continuously, but she's trained to hike hard and joined me on stretches where --- surprisingl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Couples hiking PCT
May 13, 10:21am

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

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