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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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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

generic REI
I've been happy with whatever light (no cotton) long sleeved hiking shirt that I find on sale at REI. Once I found one with a checked pattern, which I liked given that most hiking shirts are s...

In GEAR » Long sleeve shirt for SOBO PCT 2012 hike!
April 24, 1:27pm

A better question ...
IMO a better question isn't what to buy at a supermarket. With a little experience I think anyone can resupply nicely at a supermarket. The issue comes when you're resupplying at somethin...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » USA Supermarket resupply; what do you buy?
April 24, 1:16pm

smartphone app
Just on the off chance that you're also carrying a smartphone, the weight delta for my voice recorder is zero; there are free apps for this (at least Android, I would assume other too).

In GEAR » Ultralight voice recorder
April 17, 10:04am

tough to hit all the criteria
I suspect that the reason this got no feedback is that it's a bit tough to hit all the requested items together. The southern-most 700 miles or so are about all I'd be inclined to try in t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » got a month on the pct.. where's the best stretch of trail?
April 14, 7:53pm

Or Kearsarge pass
To be clear, sounds like you're going SOBO (south). I think there's nothing like what you're hoping for, short of throwing a lot of money at the problem or having some very good and...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT Second half resupply
April 13, 11:44am

factoring in the wind
"If I was going to be sitting out strong winds on exposed plains without any wind break, ..." I bought a new tent for the CDT, driven initially by the same concern, but ultimately I co...

In GEAR » Looking for a 2-person shelter for the CDT
April 02, 11:33am

using shelters how much?
This time of year on my AT thru I was at about mile 450, so not exactly equivalent but similar --- I wonder how much you plan to sleep in shelters going forward? And whether on balance people are ...

In GEAR » Thruhiker looking for (ultra)light shelter recommendations
March 30, 12:34pm

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