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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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printing free topo maps
Daniel described a process using this site: The problem for me with this and similar sites is that you get a pdf file that...

In Philosophy & Technique » Navigation
March 10, 12:38pm

Ditto Wired's comments
"You might like looking at Wired's blog she did the PCT in 2011 and is going to be doing the CDT this year,she gives her gear list and a review for it and her new list for the CDT.She said...

In GEAR » which pack would you recommend for PCT through hike?
March 10, 12:16pm

can learn on own but practice
Have a look at There are likely other good resources out there. I think the biggest issue is to get a lot of practice. Print out f...

In Philosophy & Technique » Navigation
March 09, 10:01am

look for friends with expensive hobbies
In terms of getting spousal approval (or at least acceptance) of gear purchases, I find it extremely helpful to have friends with really expensive hobbies. Seek out and befriend one or two people ...

In Philosophy & Technique » What are your guidelines for buying gear?
March 06, 9:07am

a helpful question to ask
Just asking the process question is IMO a really good start (akin to "the first step is admitting you have a problem ..."). Being a mostly right-brained anal-retentive type, it's v...

In Philosophy & Technique » What are your guidelines for buying gear?
March 05, 2:01pm

looks pretty good
Starting a bit on the late side, Tehachepi seems like a good place to do it --- about 150 miles to get strong before you climb into the Sierras. I'm not sure that you will need so much water ...

In Gear Lists » PCT through hike list
March 04, 8:42am

smartphone issues
Jeff made some good points about issues with smartphones, that some have already addressed, but to toss in my 2 cents ... "First, I've seen plenty of cases where smartphones can't...

In GEAR » good hiking gps under $150
March 02, 10:05am

Instead of $150 on a "just does one thing" device, consider a smartphone. I sold my GPS and then managed to lose my relatively cheap smartphone on a snowshoe trip this past weekend (suc...

In GEAR » good hiking gps under $150
February 28, 10:49am

$40 for maps?
I wasn't aware that you had to spend another $40 on maps with Backcountry Navigator. If that's really necessary then I'd suggest that folks instead consider GaiaGPS.

In GEAR » Quick thoughts on Back Country Navigator (GPS software for Android).
February 23, 11:49am

Ah, one other thought
One more thought about camping in really buggy conditions: if you're the type that is on a regular "#2" morning schedule, dig your hole the night before, unless you're confident t...

In Philosophy & Technique » Best way to survive bug season?
February 20, 11:59am

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