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Shawn Basil (Bearpaw) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Southeast
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)
CityNashville
StateTennessee
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=6275

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All Forum Posts by Shawn Basil

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Re: So .... should you always follow a stream?
"Bear seems to always follow a gully to a stream, to a river, and to civilization. What's everyone's opinion .... is this a good plan?" A thought on this. In the massive ma...

In On the Web » Man Vs. Wild
January 06, 4:23pm

Re: Haters
Partner, I spent 10 years in the Marine Corps and worked in arctic, mountain, desert, jungle, and temperate environments with formal training in most of them, and experience in all of them, especia...

In On the Web » Man Vs. Wild
January 05, 9:49pm

Re: Re: pack cover V internal protection
For the longest of time now, I primarily used just a trash bag or trash compactor bag inside my pack. The amount of water the nylon of most packs absorb is really quite negligible. In the smaller...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » pack cover V internal protection
January 05, 8:28am

Re: Hiker Trail Name
There are some very practical points to having trail names as well. There are lots of Shawns and Chris's and Kerris and Tanyas on a big trail like the AT, but not many Bearpaws or Woodchucks o...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiker Trail Name
January 05, 8:18am

Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR
Sure. I'm actually starting the year in a bike phase, mixing trails and pavement on my mountain bike. During Spring Break, I'm "through-riding" the Natchez Trace from Natchez, M...

In GEAR » HAPPY NEW YEAR
January 04, 11:53am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Questions regarding all layers of clothing for the AT in may/June
"what do you think about bringing new balance running tights to layer under my spinnaker chapps for cold and wind protection on my legs and leaving my zip off pants at home. Then hiking in som...

In GEAR » Questions regarding all layers of clothing for the AT in may/June
January 04, 11:41am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Questions regarding all layers of clothing for the AT in may/June
"Weather.com is only for nearby (low altitude) cities, How hot can it get?" Pamela is right that it can get hot,even in the spring. But the higher country is where a lot of hikers go ...

In GEAR » Questions regarding all layers of clothing for the AT in may/June
January 03, 9:29am

Re: extra insurance
A slightly sleeping bag is about all that comes to mind in terms of dealing with the environment. Almost all of the "extras" I take are luxury items, like a book.

In GEAR » extra insurance
January 02, 12:09pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Questions regarding all layers of clothing for the AT in may/June
I admit to having draped a sleeping bag or quilt over my shoulders when temps have gotten chilly. It works alright if you're sitting around watching the stars and the like, but it's a bit ...

In GEAR » Questions regarding all layers of clothing for the AT in may/June
January 02, 12:06pm

Re: Re: Re: Questions regarding all layers of clothing for the AT in may/June
I managed to et by on a similar set-up in late May of 2005, but I was fairly uncomfortable in my hammock, due to a period of extended rain. For this time of year, a warm hat can make a big differe...

In GEAR » Questions regarding all layers of clothing for the AT in may/June
January 02, 10:48am

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