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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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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

put them on last ...
Like David, I've used the "deal with it" approach, particularly on trips where it's not expected that I'll have to deal with it for more than a few days. On this sort of tri...

In GEAR » Looking for a remedy for frozen footwear in the morning
March 28, 11:56pm

practically speaking ...
Unless you have reason to believe that you have a particularly nasty water source, I suggest that you just don't worry about it. I typically fill my "clean" container directly at the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Aquamira drops plus pump?
March 27, 11:13am

Gatewood Cape vs. Wild Oasis
I have no knowledge or experience with the other two shelters, but if you really don't want the Gatewood Cape as raingear --- just shelter --- I would look instead at the essentially-the-same S...

In GEAR » Gatewood v. Hexamid v. Cricket
March 24, 10:24am

what actually gets used?
I think an interesting alternate question might be "what repair kit items tend to get used?" Over some significant miles and time spent backpacking in recent years, I can only recall u...

In GEAR » Ultralight Repair Kit
March 24, 10:20am

clothing list feedback
For a standard NOBO, I think your UL inner down jacket is fine, no need for the beefier down jacket; if you're cold in camp, crawl into the sleeping bag. Shirt: I liked having a light, loose...

In Gear Lists » PCT Clothes List
March 24, 12:37am

it's about expectations
I completely agree and yet ultimately disagree with Mike W's great assessment. IMO it's all about your expectations, what you're looking for in a piece of gear (ain't it always?). ...

In GEAR » Which way to go in electronic gadgets: Camera, GPS, cell phone combos
March 22, 9:54am

lightheart designs
My wife and I are happy enough with our Tarptent Squall 2, but if doing it again I'd be looking at the lightheart duo. The Squall 2 meets your height requirement, but the height is at the tent...

In GEAR » Roomy UL tent
March 21, 10:16am

Lots of factors to consider ...
One factor is whether you care what kind of cell phone reception you might get in the backcountry. In general, Verizon seems the best, so when I decided to upgrade from my older smartphone (also u...

In GEAR » Which way to go in electronic gadgets: Camera, GPS, cell phone combos
March 20, 10:12am

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