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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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Colorado Trail
I met my big backpacking goal for the year, which was to hike the Colorado Trail. I was very lucky that Colorado's late May/early June heat hit when it did, because it mostly wiped out the signifi...

In Philosophy & Technique » how close did you get?
November 20, 3:53pm

Esbit on long hikes
I've been a big fan of esbit for a couple of years now. The stove and fuel are the lightest options out there shy of cooking over a fire. More importantly, esbit are mail droppable. White gas an...

In GEAR » I apologize about Esbit stoves
November 19, 3:03pm

Solo, BSA, and bears...
Ryan Jordan stated "Freedom of the Hills and BSA theology ingrained the awful risks of going solo and it took me a while to deal with that mentally." There is tremendous truth in this statement....

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking Alone
November 18, 1:57pm

Flagellation : salvation

In Philosophy & Technique » Lightweight Backpacking Coming to the SAT?
November 18, 12:46pm

A narrative and some great factoids
J. R. Tate's book is fantastic and very authentic. It only covers his first through-hike in 1990, but it very closely reflected my own 99 through hike. A neat book packed with factoids is Ro...

In GEAR » best thru hiking book?
November 18, 12:16pm

Pack size and comfortweight
I was always big on having a tiny pack. I think it was partly a habit from the Marine Corps where the issue ALICE was small and we were required to pack small. Nowadays, most of my packs are smal...

November 18, 12:06pm

Re: Solo in Yellowstone/Beartooths, Dumb?
I'd have to agree with the previous post about solo hiking, at least inside the Park. I've hiked more in the drier northern regions of Yellowstone, as well as having worked a NOLS Absaroka course ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Solo in Yellowstone/Beartooths, Dumb?
August 13, 5:25pm

Where are you hiking?
It really depends on where I'm hiking. I have typical Scot-Irish skin complexion which gives me a really solid tan when all the freckles connect. Until then however, I burn easily. SO in open, e...

In GEAR » wide brim or ball caps?
May 25, 6:46am

Re: Marmot Pounder
3 different hikers I've asked about the bag have said the 40 degree mark is off. They rate it more as a 50 degree bag.

In GEAR » Marmot Pounder
May 25, 6:43am

Re: Re: Light, but maybe too fast?
"Hike your own hike" was a mantra often heard when I through-hiked the AT 7 years ago. But you were still somewhat dictated by seasons and economics to hike a certain number of miles, averaging pr...

In Chaff » Light, but maybe too fast?
May 01, 2:22pm

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