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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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lightest titanium
OP talks about "beating the hell out of poles". In that context, I don't recommend carbon fiber poles. I loved my REI branded komperdell c.f. poles for 1+ thru-hikes, but fell on ic...

In GEAR » What are the best UL Treckking Poles?
March 15, 7:51pm

here's one
My tarptent contrail on a platform in MA in 2010: (click on the photo to enlarge it) Per ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tarp on Tent platforms
March 12, 12:17pm
You might try, just download the pdf mapsheets you want (for free), manipulate and print using standard pdf software. I worked with a couple of folks locally to put some instruction...

In GEAR » Map App for PC?
March 12, 12:07pm

a challenging pace
An 11 day passage of about 215 miles is close to a 20 MPD pace with no days off. Given the absolute elevation and the total elevation gain, that's on the aggressive side; my wife and I plan ab...

In Gear Lists » Yet another JMT 2012 Gear List
March 11, 1:40pm

no windshirt?
I've loved my hoodless golite windshirt on a couple of long trips and several shorter ones, but for my most recent long trip I opted to go with a pretty light (7 oz I think) rain jacket and use...

In GEAR » Windshirt suggestions?
March 08, 8:53pm

cuben stuff sack --- not
"Honestly for almost $600, a cuban sack would have been a nice touch." I have a Lightheart solo with cuben upper and silnylon floor, so pretty similar. Mine did come with a cuben sack...

In GEAR » Just got a Lightheart Solo Cuben
March 07, 8:07pm

My impression is that the O.P. is looking for specific skills more than things like "be mentally tough" and the like ... ? As Christine said, one of the specific skills you need is the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Critical Skills for PCT?
March 01, 1:32pm

Post Thru-Hike - What Was Your Re-entry Experience Like?
From talking to a lot of folks, this varies a great deal. Factors include age, financial security (or lack of it), support and understanding from friends and relatives and collegues (or lack of it...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Post Thru-Hike - What Was Your Re-entry Experience Like?
February 26, 12:31pm

PNW spiders, snakes
"Spiders and other crawlies maybe, but flying bugs are the real issue." Ditto that. But stay away from the two month window starting roughly mid-June or so and you're golden with ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PNW Spiders, snakes, etc with a tarp setup
February 25, 1:26am

ways to sleep better
Hike hard --- being tired helps a lot! :-) If I'm not sleeping I don't worry about it, I can walk pretty well when short on sleep and then likely I'll sleep well the next night. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ways to sleep better
February 25, 1:19am

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