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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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how "hot" ?
Sam asked: "How hot did it get after you switched to your summerlight? Maybe not too hot b/c you started in Feb? If I start in April I could get hot in that?" I don't recall being...

In GEAR » AT NOBO Thru Down Jacket HELP!
January 04, 12:27pm

how much time wearing shoes in camp?
I use the system the OP described, i.e., shoes are wet from rain, snow, stream crossings, or whatever. In camp put on dry socks and --- for the very limited amount of time that I need to wear shoes...

In GEAR » Dry Warm feet in camp when shoes are wet. ??
January 04, 12:10pm

Sleeping bag is indeed a factor
I own a summerlite, and would be nervous about starting in late March with a Summerlite unless I had a really beefy parka. In 2010 I started in late Feb with a WM Ultralite (20F rated), which was ...

In GEAR » AT NOBO Thru Down Jacket HELP!
January 03, 9:33am

Me too
Dot and ditto. OTOH, I already have a whole lot of gear, and less aggressive future plans. Making this statement in a previous year would have been more meaningful! :-)

In Philosophy & Technique » No New Gear 2012
January 02, 2:08pm

guesthouses sound good ...
The idea of a guesthouse sounds good; I have no experience with this, however, and wonder about any associated costs ? "However, I am more concerned with how I would handle my actual travel...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Travel-Backpacking
December 26, 10:09am

Plan for similar trips?
My one sort-of experience at this was a trip that my wife and I did last year where we first walked a while in the Austrian Alps and then hiked the Wainwright trail in England. Turns out that ther...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Travel-Backpacking
December 25, 3:17am

re: PCT - Sierras - rocky socks
If by "rocky socks" you mean Rocky brand goretex socks, then sure. I used those when I went through in June 2008. The thing about that time of year in there, however, is that your feet...

In Gear Lists » My PCT 2012 kit list
December 24, 12:33pm

get into the sleeping bag
Again, this is a style thing, but for the situation you're talking about I'd just leave the down or synthetic pants at home and get the lower half of my body into the sleeping bag as soon a...

In Gear Lists » More warmth needed - Add to torso or groin/legs ??
December 23, 2:52am

"I do like the idea of dynamic stretching before working out, gentle static stretching after working out" I don't disagree with this, and in normal life I find stretching to be a w...

In Philosophy & Technique » THE 10 BIGGEST FITNESS MYTHS - Outside
December 22, 10:23am

go for torso
Indeed this is all about keeping yourself warm at night IMO, unless you're the type that likes to take long breaks during the day. Even then, torso warmth layers are a lot easier to put on an...

In Gear Lists » More warmth needed - Add to torso or groin/legs ??
December 22, 10:14am

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