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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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+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

Smartphones: not that fragile
"Most smart phones have a large breakable display." Three thru-hikes now with a smartphone ready to hand (carried in a neoprene case on a pack strap). Used it as my only camera, as a ...

In GEAR » Android + Backcountry Navigator vs Garmin GPS devices.
December 26, 5:33pm

ditto James Reilly
James Reilly's comments exactly match my own feelings. Assuming you have a half-way decent smartphone and spend some time beforehand to learn it's "little ways", I too would rath...

In GEAR » Android + Backcountry Navigator vs Garmin GPS devices.
December 26, 10:11am

~Continuous use
"I know a guy that has two through hikes on his original Neo Air. That may not be "normal" but that is a pretty good testament to me." My guess is that it's better than n...

In GEAR » Long term durability of inflatable pads?
December 24, 9:42am

Gatewood Cape perhaps
If it's a trip where I expect just lots and lots of rain, I probably wouldn't go this route, but for one where it's lighter, on/off rain or just "possible" rain I'd consid...

In GEAR » temporary shelter for day hiking in PNW
December 17, 12:55pm

"Feet are weirdly personal."
"Feet are weirdly personal." Amen to that. I think that starting with a pair of shoes 1 size larger than normal is a good idea, *if* the person has done some training walks at home i...

In Philosophy & Technique » Shoes for Pacific Crest Trail
December 11, 12:27pm

Ah, the CDT
"I'm hiking the CDT, so I liked the Core for the 'Storm Alarm', the digital compass and altimeter." I presume this isn't your first dance then. The issue then becomes ...

In GEAR » Thru Hiking watch-which is best?
December 10, 11:28am

"start later" --- yes, but not too late
I can't give any personal insights here as I haven't had to particularly scrimp. But the overall thru-hiker culture is pretty frugal (if not sometimes beyond frugal), and that sort of rubs...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How cheaply have you don't the PCT
December 08, 2:53pm

prefer cheap watch now
I've owned three altimeter watches, and at this point I feel a bit of fool to have done so. The first required that I mail it back to have a new battery put in every 18 months or so, an expens...

In GEAR » Thru Hiking watch-which is best?
December 07, 1:23pm

Agree with Piper
"I think you recover mentally much faster if you have something to go back home to. So having a job waiting for you will be mentally easier to deal with." Ditto. I've done three s...

In Philosophy & Technique » Long hike recovery time
December 05, 12:26pm

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