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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: Re: Backpacker
"Backpacker magazine seems to have moved away from the simple act of self propelled wilderness travel and is more about advertising revenue and fluff" I absolutely agree. The thing th...

In GEAR » Backpacker's "Gear Guide" just out
January 21, 12:49pm

Re: More Info
Look at Gossamer Gear's pack line. Most are under $100 and under a pound, but still big enough to carry a sleeping bag without major compression.

In GEAR » The Quest for a New Backpack
January 21, 11:04am

Re: hooray for marketing
"strapped to our little packs causing other hikers to shake their heads more then they do already." I think you may have hit the point without realizing it here. The folks who hang ou...

In GEAR » Backpacker's "Gear Guide" just out
January 21, 10:42am

Re: Long Trail -Vermont is a great source of information for nitty-gritty details about selected trails, including the Long Trail. It was very helpful to me in putting together information for my Colorado...

In Post-Trip Reports » Long Trail -Vermont
January 13, 9:45am

Re: REI Cruise UL 60 Pack?
I have not seen the Cruise yet, but I HAVE seen the new Flash UL stuff sack/day pack, so I wanted to share some interesting news about it. The folks in REI gear development have managed some sor...

In GEAR » REI Cruise UL 60 Pack?
January 11, 4:01pm

Re: Re: To Use Footbeds or Not to Use Footbeds
"Have Footwear manufacturers moved beyond supplying the thin pieces of foam that passed for insoles and begun to provide truely adequate footbeds? Are these footbeds designed in such a way as ...

In GEAR » To Use Footbeds or Not to Use Footbeds
January 11, 12:37pm

Re: Re: Re: To Use Footbeds or Not to Use Footbeds
I wouldn't get too worked up James. This is just another Putin post. He even breaks up the post into two separate posts just like VP. Readers who've been around for more than a month und...

In GEAR » To Use Footbeds or Not to Use Footbeds
January 11, 6:48am

Re: To Use Footbeds or Not to Use Footbeds
"In the list of questions in my initial post, I asked whether it makes a difference if one is carrying the light weights we do and if heavier packs make it necessary to use orthotics. As I ind...

In GEAR » To Use Footbeds or Not to Use Footbeds
January 10, 2:53pm

Re: Re: Haters
"Corpsman Up!". They also would draw fire. You're in good company. Semper Fi." PJ, should I take it you were a greenside doc? Corpsmen were some of the most loyal, brave, and...

In On the Web » Man Vs. Wild
January 06, 4:37pm

Re: Re: lessons learned
"The lesson learned is simple ... make today, this week, this month, and this year count. There may not be a next year for that trip you've always wanted to take, so make it happen this ye...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Lessons learned in 2006?
January 06, 4:28pm

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