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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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Re: Outdoor gear sales/support jobs?
If you mean you're looking for work in these areas, REI would be the most immediate employer that comes to mind, offering work in all of the areas you mention. The company is quick to move tho...

In Chaff » Outdoor gear sales/support jobs?
February 25, 8:09pm

Re: Tarptents and Appalachain Trail
In cooler or downright cold humid weather, you will likely experience a noticeable amount of condensation on the interior of a closed-up tarptent. I experienced this during an unusually rainy and ...

In GEAR » Tarptents and Appalachain Trail
February 24, 3:10pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Permethrine longevity
Well, that's the army for you.;-) The marks in the pictures were clearly from wearing the collar directly on the skin. By wearing the collar around the boot, with a layer of leather and thick...

In Philosophy & Technique » Permithrin Soaked Clothing
February 22, 5:59pm

Gear and significant others.
Then there's the other end of the spectrum. My girlfriend has a masters in Nuclear Chemistry and is the epitome of the tinkerer. After looking at and playing with my gear for an extended peri...

In GEAR » Cuben Fiber = Backpacker Crack
February 22, 3:50pm

Re: Goretex XCR Products
I have not used XCR Goretex in a bivy, but in my Arc'Teryx Sirrus Jacket, the XCR variation of Goretex has proven to give the best breathability of any waterproof/breathable lamanate I have use...

In GEAR » Goretex XCR Products
February 22, 3:44pm

Re: Re: Permethrine longevity
The realistic expectation is time moreso than washings. Water has a minimal effect on permethrine (from every thing I have heard). Conversely, the chemicals naturally lose their bonding over time...

In Philosophy & Technique » Permithrin Soaked Clothing
February 22, 3:34pm

Permethrine longevity
Spraying is definitely the easiest way to treat clothing. It's the only way I have done so, both as a Marine in Okinawa and on many personal trips. The chemical is supposed to bond directly t...

In Philosophy & Technique » Permithrin Soaked Clothing
February 22, 1:21pm

Re: Re: Re: are straps necessary on a quilt?
"just curious, did you consider the MB SuperStretch DownHugger bags before settling on BA Mystic?" PJ, No I hadn't looked at the Montbell options. My experience has been that thei...

In GEAR » are straps necessary on a quilt?
February 21, 10:37am

Re: are straps necessary on a quilt?
"So, why don't quilt users use top bags in colder weather?" Actually I do. My girlfriend and I sat down and cursed and laughed our way through making a quilt for my Colorado Trail...

In GEAR » are straps necessary on a quilt?
February 21, 9:59am

Re: ESBIT FUEL - Black Residue?
Yes, the residue is normal. I've found true esbit leaves less than Coughlan's or military issue trioxane. As for clean-up, after 5 straight weeks of esbit, I sat my pot in a bit of isop...

In GEAR » ESBIT FUEL - Black Residue?
February 20, 8:40pm

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