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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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HIking shuttle
I've hitched. I've done the two car shuttle. (A variation of this is I park my truck at Trail's end and a friend drops me off at the beginning - and the friend goes home or wherever...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Transportation
May 02, 4:57pm

Re: Re: Re: Douglas, me to
"Every time the stove went out - but that's probably not always the case." This has happenned in my store while I was demoing the stove to interested customers. On both occasions,...

In GEAR » MSR Reactor vs. Jetboil tests
April 30, 11:23am

Re: Sub 15 oz bear deterrent...
I like the idea. I was an instructor on some of the "guinea pig" NOLS Absaroka courses that first used electrified bear fences in 2003. They were a pain to carry and set-up, but once th...

In GEAR » Sub 15 oz bear deterrent...
April 30, 10:13am

Re: unsupported
"What you can carry, is what you have." Would this mean that by drawing water from a stream, you are being supported? I could agree that cached water is support, but taking what is na...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What does "unsupported" stand for to you?
April 26, 12:26pm

Callous? Distasteful? Not at all....
I understand perfectly well where you're coming from. The unit I was in during my Marine Corps career saw a number of us maimed or killed in parachute training, livefire exercises (up to and i...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Great Finds
April 26, 12:23pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: David, check your jetboil
I hear you about esbit. Because many of my summer hikes are in areas where cannisters are not readily available during town resupplies, I often use esbit, which I can maildrop, and which is wonder...

In GEAR » Retractable Jetboil Utensils
April 23, 4:06pm

Re: Re: David, check your jetboil
"I had the cup on the burner... empty... I held the stove in my hand... turned on the gas and hit the sparker." Lighting the Jetboil on an empty mug is, in itself, enough to burn the c...

In GEAR » Retractable Jetboil Utensils
April 23, 12:28pm

Re: What does "unsupported" stand for to you?
My definition is likely a good bit different from some others, and it is mostly based on the through-hikes I've made in the last few years. For me: Hiking without specialized access to serv...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What does "unsupported" stand for to you?
April 21, 9:42pm

Re: Need pack help, suggestions
I would also say go for the ULA Catalyst. While the Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone may have a more comfortable backpanel, the suspension on the ULA pack is the finest I've ever felt on a mid-sized ...

In GEAR » Need pack help, suggestions
April 21, 7:47am

Re: Luxurylite bag?
There was a pretty heated discussion about Luxurylite's new bag last month (early March) on It seems there was a big debate over how well they insulated. Bruce didn't spe...

In GEAR » Luxurylite bag?
April 21, 7:39am

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