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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)
CityNashville
StateTennessee
CountryUSA
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All Forum Posts by Shawn Basil

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Re: Wyoming Destinations
A couple of the peaks Larry mentioned (Wof's Head & Pingora) are in the climber's Mecca known as Cirque of the Towers. For the sake of an eight mile hike in over Jack*ss Pass (Yes, thi...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Wyoming Destinations
April 20, 6:45am

Re: response to Shawn
"I did a quick search on backpacking.net and didn't get any hits." This is probably because the default setting is comments within the past one week. If you change the search time...

In GEAR » Big Sky International Update
April 19, 12:28pm

Re: response to John on Big Sky
Dear Kristin, Thanks for the time and attention. I know there are many here who are very concerned (sometimes better read as: just plain upset) about Big Sky's performance in the past. I&...

In GEAR » Big Sky International Update
April 18, 11:46am

Branch level reform
"The 40# initiative came from the branch level" That should help tremendously. I always got good support from program supervisors and the issue room at the RMB. For those who don...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 13, 6:59am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Ryan, 8000 mile pack;4lbs
"To the obvious question of why hasn't NOLS done something like this already?" I would offer one idea from my personal experience. The people who buy gear for NOLS, set NOLS accep...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 12, 12:54pm

Re: Re: Re: Shawn, NOLS gear?
">>But kitchens are the ultimate weight hogs. Yes, students carry about 10 days at a time. The result is about 20 pounds of food per person per cook group. Now add two big pots, and a bi...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 12, 6:59am

Re: Shawn, NOLS gear?
Longevity of gear is a major issue. Students routinely manage to damage the old heavy MSR Dromedary bags. Despite repeatedly showing, explaining and modeling the care taken when putting on the fl...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 11, 2:57pm

Re: NOLS? 40 lbs EASY.
The NOLS standard was that no student should carry more than 40% of their body weight whenever possible. On my Instructor Course, including climbing gear, I stepped off the bus at the trailhead wi...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 11, 6:53am

My Avatar
My current avatar is from the Durango Trailhead at the end of my Colorado Trail thru-hike in July 06.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Your Avatar
April 09, 12:44pm

Re: Re: SUL packs & trek pole usefulness?
I agree with Adam. I use poles even with just a tiny fanny pack unless I'm hiking only in flat areas.

In Philosophy & Technique » SUL packs & trek pole usefulness?
April 08, 5:47pm

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