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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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FS: Gregory and MS Packs
Gregory Z-Pack (2003). Color: Black/Grey. Size L. This pack has 600-700 miles of trail use. I have trimmed much of the excess strapping, but as I am a big guy, there should still be plenty of ...

In Gear Swap » FS: Gregory and MS Packs
May 13, 11:14am

Re: JMT on FIRE this Summer
"this will bring the average time to complete the trail way down this summer." Nah, I'' still be out there doing it in 15 or 16 days...... I'll definitely be balancing c...

In GEAR » JMT on FIRE this Summer
May 13, 10:44am

Re: Deet
My anecdotal experience would be to the contrary. The Wind River range in later June and early July is a true marshy mosquito breeding ground and in that environment, I routinely found that I need...

In GEAR » DEET concentration effectiveness?
May 13, 10:41am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Any ideas for Gatewood Cape bug screen?
I would think so. It's a very fine mesh. The few tiems I've used it so far, I'vehad no problems. I'll give you a better report in July after I've finished using the Gatewood ...

In GEAR » Any ideas for Gatewood Cape bug screen?
May 11, 9:51pm

Re: Re: Re: Any ideas for Gatewood Cape bug screen?
The down side to the Wild Oasis is that you can't use it as rain gear. If you want the dual-use option of the Gatewood Cape, you can add bug protection for another 7 ounces with the Mombasa De...

In GEAR » Any ideas for Gatewood Cape bug screen?
May 11, 3:19pm

Re: What do you think of the pricing on the ULA Arctic pack?
Just compare it to something like the Arc'Teryx Naos series of dry bag packs: The ULA packs give you two different bag sizes with a more ...

In GEAR » What do you think of the pricing on the ULA Arctic pack?
May 08, 4:56pm

Macho Man
Flint N. Steel

In Chaff » Macho man
May 08, 12:33pm

"base" layer in heat
I mostly stick with a simple coolmax or REI MTS shirt in hot humid conditions. They dry reasonably quickly, and don't feel like I'm wearing a brillo pad on a hot sticky day. If sun protec...

In GEAR » Favorite baselayer for hot/humid hiking, biking, running?
May 08, 12:28pm

Great for laymen
Very nicely done. I realize you probably have many editorial guidelines you have to conform to, but it would be nice if you could mention some niche company items that readers might never otherw...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My first attempt...
May 06, 9:47am

Re: unresuplied/ unsupported
"AT? supported and supported" There may have been a change in the supported hike this past year, but my best knowledge is 48 days and a handful of hours. (The runner was trying to fin...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What does "unsupported" stand for to you?
May 02, 5:05pm

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