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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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near death?
I wouldn't call this "near death", but the closest I came was getting out of Colorado on the CDT last year in early October as winter decided to make a sudden and abrupt appearance. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Near death experiences (or close calls) on the trail?
August 29, 10:27am

My wife and I each still have P2's in good condition. I use mine for winter hiking and scrambling, or longer day hikes. I might grab it for a shorter backpack or for base camping. I use my c...

In GEAR » Anyone still carry a ULA P-2 pack?
July 10, 10:41am

river crossings?
Again, no significant crossings on the AT, or at least not for me NOBO in 2010, and assuming you take the canoe ride across the Kennebec. I really would not think in terms of river crossings in p...

In Gear Lists » Appalachian Trail 3 Season Gear List
June 09, 10:28am

ditto ...
Ditto the Aqua Mira. Note that the real weight you should consider for a filter isn't dry weight, but the weight after you've used it (even if you do your best to get out what water you ca...

In Gear Lists » Appalachian Trail 3 Season Gear List
June 03, 6:51am

try local sources
You might try the Mazamas or trip reports at I'd be inclined to post something in the latter and hope for useful responses. When I went through in 2008 (NOBO) there was ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Help/Advice PCT southbound from Cascade Locks OR.
June 01, 7:47am

pros and cons of PN-60w
I carried the PN-60w and associated version of SPOT on the CDT last year, so had quite a lot of experience with it --- the CDT is in general a trail where a person is more inclined to use a GPS tha...

In GEAR » De-Lorme PN-60w GPS Pros\Cons (with InReach)
May 19, 9:25am

don't fall
My experience is similar to Tim's. I thru-hiked the PCT with a set of C.F. REI branded poles and liked them a lot. On the AT I slipped on a patch of ice in the Smokies and bam! Broken pole. ...

In GEAR » Are carbon fiber trekking poles reliable?
May 18, 9:30am

"I regularly do 18-20 day trips w/o resupply and of course every trip includes around 6-8 lbs of reading material" Wow. Just ... wow. Assuming 1-1/2 pounds of food per day (?) then ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Books on the trail
May 17, 11:10am

granularity issue
It's not just that the drops are cheaper (and they are). I also like the fact that with the drops I have more fine control to adjust the dose to the particular volume of water I'm treating...

In GEAR » Aquamira tablets? Thoughts?
May 13, 10:24am

ditto smartphone
I doubt that you're carrying 14 to 21 days of food, so a relevant question is whether your resupply plans include any device recharge opportunities. For thru-hikers, this is typically so; I ca...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Books on the trail
May 10, 10:29am

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