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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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other sites to look at
I hiked a lot of the PCT with a fellow from the UK (a former fell runner), and he and I are attempting the CDT this year; it's certainly do-able from overseas but of course additional challenge...

In Gear Lists » My PCT 2012 kit list
April 19, 11:25am

how many plane flights?
I'm a little confused about your last post given the earlier comment about wanting just one round trip plane flight. You said most recently: "I would start the AT with the pack in march,...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PCT and AT
April 18, 11:07am

With the pack?
I just noticed this comment: "I would prefer to hike with "the pack" if possible for the social aspect." FWIW, I hiked the PCT in 2008 as a standard NOBO starting right with...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PCT and AT
April 18, 10:54am

I agree with Daniel --- AT, then PCT
I started on the AT in late Feb last year, finished in July (I wasn't looking to do "two trails in a year" type of mileage). The south had a lot of snow last year, so lots of blowdo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PCT and AT
April 18, 10:46am

Re: Poncho tarp, GW Cape or flat tarp? Help me!
I have both a G.C. and a Golite poncho, and agree that if your focus is on the best combo of rain gear AND shelter, the G.C. is the better choice. As a poncho, I like the Golite better, but as a...

In GEAR » Poncho tarp, GW Cape or flat tarp? Help me!
April 17, 10:27am

Dachstein mitts
I think it was on this site that I read a recommendation for Dachstein mitts, and got a pair --- I haven't had them out in super cold weather yet, but my brief experience has been that they'...

In GEAR » Heavy insulation mitten liners
April 03, 7:07pm

what's cheap at the grocery store
For trips of modest length I can't imagine buying specialty bars, or at least the few times I've looked they seem quite expensive. Generally what's in the cereal aisle at my grocery st...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Rank the Bars
March 29, 7:54am

Rain wrap for the Sierras: I can only say that my experience was just one afternoon of rain in that ~300 mile stretch, and only a couple of days of rain (tops) in all of California. It can surely...

In Gear Lists » <- 2011 PCT Thru Hike Gearlist ->
March 29, 7:39am

Great time to hike
The particular time you have to hike is a really great time of year to do so in the NW. I have no experience on the CT (yet ...). The PCT through WA state would be a fine choice. A good altern...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's better, CT or PCT across WA state?
March 29, 12:23am

NOBO? Starting when? Gear changes along the way?
It's always helpful with a trip-specific gear list to state starting date, direction of travel, and in this case, whether you plan on specific gear shifts at different phases. Assuming a NOB...

In Gear Lists » <- 2011 PCT Thru Hike Gearlist ->
March 29, 12:17am

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