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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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All Forum Posts by Brian Lewis

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don't fall
My experience is similar to Tim's. I thru-hiked the PCT with a set of C.F. REI branded poles and liked them a lot. On the AT I slipped on a patch of ice in the Smokies and bam! Broken pole. ...

In GEAR » Are carbon fiber trekking poles reliable?
May 18, 9:30am

"I regularly do 18-20 day trips w/o resupply and of course every trip includes around 6-8 lbs of reading material" Wow. Just ... wow. Assuming 1-1/2 pounds of food per day (?) then ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Books on the trail
May 17, 11:10am

granularity issue
It's not just that the drops are cheaper (and they are). I also like the fact that with the drops I have more fine control to adjust the dose to the particular volume of water I'm treating...

In GEAR » Aquamira tablets? Thoughts?
May 13, 10:24am

ditto smartphone
I doubt that you're carrying 14 to 21 days of food, so a relevant question is whether your resupply plans include any device recharge opportunities. For thru-hikers, this is typically so; I ca...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Books on the trail
May 10, 10:29am

pretty rocky trail
When I read the thread title I thought in terms of trail surface and not of weather. I used trail runners, but I use those everywhere. You will cross some creeks; I recall walking through one cr...

In GEAR » What is your preferred footwear in the Winds?
May 10, 10:23am

"Hum ... we normally see 'stad' in Germany and Austria, but I will keep an eye out." As in the ancient greek stadion? Seems like that would be equivalent to giving distances i...

In Philosophy & Technique » Distance : miles or time ?
May 06, 10:00am

signs give distance by time in the Alps too
In the Austrian Alps, I too was surprised to find that the yellow trail signs gave distances in terms of hours, and not in distance. Sort of took me aback at first because the signs abbreviated ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Distance : miles or time ?
May 05, 10:28pm

Trails are mostly empty ...
Most trails are quite empty most of the time; I think we get the sense that trails are crowded when we leave our city and go to a relatively close trailhead on a sunny summer weekend. Hike less p...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Are more backpackers a good thing?
May 04, 1:16am

Good list, incomplete
I think it makes perfect sense to carry both trekking pole and ice axe if you're starting SOBO. FWIW, last year I liked carrying a black diamond whippet as one of my two poles, and it saved m...

In Gear Lists » SOBO PCT '12, first time trying to go UL.
April 29, 1:32pm

re: Bug Protection
"One thing I'd look for in a new shirt is permithrin to keep ticks at bay. If you already have permithrin, you can treat it yourself, but it's somewhat expensive if you don't."...

In GEAR » Long sleeve shirt for SOBO PCT 2012 hike!
April 26, 10:36am

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