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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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consider hiking in June or Sept
To this comment: "I've been thinking about doing a thru of the JMT within the next couple of summers and this sounds a little disheartening." My wife and I hiked the JMT recently, ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » just finished the JMT... a few observations and thoughts
October 02, 3:37am

beware zipper
I have the original OR Helium, and liked it a lot last year --- wore it quite a bit over 5 months of hiking. This year the zipper started to get wonky, I'd zip it up and then it would start pe...

In GEAR » Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket
October 02, 3:17am

poncho tarp
"... I could use it as my rainfly for the hammock. Anyone ever use the golite poncho tarp?" I have the golite poncho tarp, and find it on the skimpy side as a hammock rainfly. In the ...

In Gear Lists » JMT Trail!
September 03, 10:18am

Waist Belt
Last year I used the waist belt approach that Mike W showed. I would be concerned about velcro, as the can is pretty heavy. For the waist belt it took a little fiddling to unthread and then reth...

In Philosophy & Technique » How you carry your bear spray
September 01, 10:11am

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

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