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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: Re: good thruhiking in march
Adam gives some excellent offerings. Another couple of great options where crowds and snow shouldn't be much of a problem are the Pinhoti Trail (Alabama/Georgia) and the Benton MacKaye Trail (...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » good thruhiking in march
February 06, 12:44pm

Re: REI Gossamer Jacket
The Gossamer is not as thick as the micropuff pullover. It IS warm and comfortable in damp conditions, and I was happy with mine down into the mid-40's with a lightweight wicking long-sleeved ...

In GEAR » REI Gossamer Jacket
February 06, 12:41pm

Re: Miserable Environment: The Worst Conditions?
I would offer the Benton MacKaye Trail (any section) in early March. High enough to stay cold, almost guaranteed to be rainy or possibly snowy, very narrow trail tread (almost non-existent in many...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Miserable Environment: The Worst Conditions?
February 04, 7:48am

Re: Re: Re: Need advice on lightweight boots
"I need a wide forefoot, narrow heel and low volume (ankle) - Just like the old Lowas. Any suggestions?" Assuming you want to stay in the lightest weight possible, the Keen Targhee mi...

In GEAR » Need advice on lightweight boots
January 31, 4:16pm

Re: Is a tent ground cloth worth it?
For a tent with the fairly tough floor of the BA, I don't think I would carry a ground cloth. When I through-hiked the AT 8 years ago, I began with a ground cloth and quickly decided to drop t...

In GEAR » Is a tent ground cloth worth it?
January 26, 6:35am

A historical perspective....
Einstein, you bring up a good point. But there's one issue with the American tradition that is difficult for Europeans to understand sometimes. Americans get really upset at the loss of what ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Passports
January 25, 6:53am

Re: Passports
I've heard it mentioned, but it really hasn't gotten any heavy coverage. I didn't realize the date had actually come and gone. It's wierd, I've been to 14 foreign countries, b...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Passports
January 24, 6:56am

Re: RBH VaprThrm NTS-Shirt&Pants
"I will start the AT in Georgia to see how things work in what I expect to be mild weather." Well, Bill, you may well be right about mild weather. My Smokies trip this Christmas was t...

In Gear Lists » Gear List for a Mid-January AT Start
January 24, 6:52am

Re: Need advice on lightweight boots
If you have a medium to higher volume foot, particularly through the instep, Lowas will likely meet all your requirements without the rigidity or break-in time of the Asolo FSN's. The Lowa K...

In GEAR » Need advice on lightweight boots
January 23, 4:41pm

"Shawn - where do you work? If that is your picture, you look like someone I saw at the Perimeter REI in Atlanta." No, I work at the Brentwood store right outside of Nashville. My sto...

In GEAR » Backpacker's "Gear Guide" just out
January 21, 4:31pm

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