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Shawn Basil (Bearpaw) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Southeast
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
My Website URLhttp://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=6275

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All Forum Posts by Shawn Basil

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When have you gone too light? - Definitions
I DO think there is ONE element to be a "real" backpacker. You should carry everything you need to stay out overnight in the backcountry (and actually stay out). I once had a heated d...

In Philosophy & Technique » When have you gone too light?
May 08, 8:34pm

Stealth Camping on the AT?
Stealth is quite easy on the AT, and is quite common for those who want to avoid crowds at shelters. It's even easier if you hammock camp. You don't even need flat clear ground. There ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stealth Camping on the AT?
April 12, 10:18am

Depends on where, when, and how much you hike
In the last year, I've more than gotten my money's worth from trails.com, though I'm sure I only paid $25 for it. In the southeast region, there are tons of areas covered by trails.com...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trails.com experience?
March 30, 10:02pm

Just missed you.
Yes, the lady at Oconee mentioned someone else had gotten a permit that same morning when I got mine. I figured if I didn't catch up the first day, I wasn't likely to see you. Still, I&...

In Post-Trip Reports » Foothills Trail (SC), March 16-18, 2008
March 30, 10:21am

Now supported, but continuing it seems.....
The word I have is that Coup sent over 100 pounds of food home, perhaps to be set up as a maildrop, but intends to continue hiking the trail for the remainder of the 40 days he set aside. He w...

In Philosophy & Technique » Unsupported/Unresupplied/Thru-Hikes
March 27, 3:19pm

Will the pack and body hold?
5 days into the hike and Coup has not made the 30 miles into Neels Gap. For those who have hiked the "energizer" of unending straight up and straight down that is the Georgia AT, this ma...

In Philosophy & Technique » Unsupported/Unresupplied/Thru-Hikes
March 25, 8:27pm

Foothills Trail (SC), March 16-18, 2008
I intend to return and finish it when summer vacation begins in late May. I'll also probably do the Bartram Trail at that time.

In Post-Trip Reports » Foothills Trail (SC), March 16-18, 2008
March 23, 3:53pm

Natural versus vibrant colors
I have a great deal of muted color clothing and I prefer it most of the time. A typical set of backcountry clothing looks something like this: But living in the southeast, hunting season is a b...

In Philosophy & Technique » Anybody want gear in more natural colors?
March 23, 1:12pm

Foothills Trail (SC), March 16-18, 2008
It’s sometimes amazing to me how much plans can change. Originally, I had planned to spend the full 9 days of Spring Break thru-hiking the Bartram Trail in Georgia and North Carolina. But in de...

In Post-Trip Reports » Foothills Trail (SC), March 16-18, 2008
March 23, 12:50pm

Sleeps With Skunks
I get the "Are you the Skunk?" reference fairly often ;-) I actually gave her the name after three separate incidents of skunks wandering up to her while camping. The first was at Lan...

In Post-Trip Reports » Mammoth Cave NP, March '08
March 05, 7:05am

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