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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.
http://postholer.com/brianle
CityBellevue
StateWA
CountryUSA
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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Ditto on down pants
I agree that you likely won't want down pants. I don't know what kind of snow year this is shaping up to be, but the idea of a NOBO sending home snow stuff while still in Colorado seems ki...

In Gear Lists » CDT list
February 12, 10:29am

Know anyone in-country??
A big issue IMO is whether the nature of your trip allows you to pack along some things that you leave somewhere in-country while you're roaming that country --- or not. Whether that be wi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ultralight Packs for International Travel
February 10, 10:32am

another option
postholer.com has 'snow conditions' and 'snow depth' links for the PCT, which mostly overlaps the JMT in the 200 mile stretch.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How to Monitor the Sierra Snow Pack ?
February 10, 10:19am

Review other lists
Mid-march could be a bit early to start with a 32F rated sleeping bag. Ditto a thermawrap as your only insulation layer could be on the chilly side. Ground insulation could also be a little low; ...

In Gear Lists » AT 2 Person Gear list.
February 02, 11:10am

Agreed for the most part
"For all except the thru-hikers, I suspect the need for a common battery type is a myth" Even there, I think. The problem is that when you're selecting gear, you're trying to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Common Battery Type -- Just Another Myth?
February 02, 10:56am

bug strategy?
What's your strategy for handling bugs? Until you get to northern OR or WA state, the PCT is overall a pretty dry trail. I just carried a poncho tarp for the first 700 miles, and after that m...

In GEAR » PCT tarp question
February 02, 10:47am

May 12th PCT start date
I can't speak to the heat that you personally will encounter, but in any case May 12th doesn't sound all that late to me. ADZPCTKO is late April; I started in late April my year (right aft...

In GEAR » PCT Start Date Logic Check
February 02, 10:38am

re: Temperature for non-gtx shoes
Long distance backpackers commonly wear non-gtx shoes in lots of snow; I've done so on three trips, most recently walking through a whole lot of snow covered parts of Montana in June 2011. M...

In Philosophy & Technique » Temperature for non-gtx shoes
February 02, 10:21am

My approach: trench
I carry a very lightweight folding saw (for winter ski/snowshoe dayhikes only), something like three lightweight (not the thick contractor type) yard waste bags, the lightest metal-head shovel I co...

In GEAR » winter emergency gear
January 29, 11:14am

+1 Ursack
In the real world, most bear bag hangs don't look as neat and nice as do the illustrations you might see on a powerpoint slide in a beginning backpacking class or in a book about backpacking. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Any advice for bear bagging?
January 29, 11:00am

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