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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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it can matter, but ...
"What I hate more than anything is heading down a steep slab and having my shoes suddenly lose their grip." I hear that. Not a problem I'd had very often hiking in the west, occas...

In Philosophy & Technique » How important is tread?
March 10, 10:20am

Being able to do more miles per day often makes logistics come out a lot easier. Less days between food resupply points. In places where water is far apart it can make the difference between dry ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why so fast?
March 09, 10:40am

Great idea
I think it's a great idea to measure (accurately) beforehand and check periodically. Catch is, my sense from talking with a lot of folks about this is that not everyone experiences this the sa...

In Philosophy & Technique » Foot Growth Measurement
March 07, 10:46am

consider trail journals instead or in addition
"Ten Million Steps (1/5) Nimblewill Nomad's epic journey from Florida to Canada. The guy is a legend, but his book didn't really do it for me. Very spiritual but did not really capture...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Through hiking books
March 06, 11:27am

When do you start, by when must you be finished?
Going truly ultralight on the AT is certainly within reach, but a significant factor for ordinary mortals is the time of year that you're hiking. If you start late enough and don't keep hi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ultralight hiking the Appalachian Trail
March 05, 12:01am

But with the packets ...
Not at all meaning to dispute the great ideas here, but FWIW ... With the packet you can just open it up, pour in some cold water, stir a bit, and just eat it directly. The best ones for this a...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » DIY Oatmeal Packets
February 25, 7:09pm

Caveat ...
I think it's worth mentioning that some folks venture out in winter with less-than-bullet-proof shelters with the idea (and the knowledge/experience) that they'll build some sort of snow sh...

In GEAR » Shelter Pictures - Stormy conditions
February 25, 6:58pm

Not an all-or-nothing proposition ...
Rather than thinking of this as "freestanding versus not freestanding", I suggest that you consider tents that require a minimal number of stakes (rather than simply "none"). ...

In GEAR » Tents for tent platform (N.E.) camping
February 24, 6:20pm

prioritize dealing with condensation
If I ever buy another "very light" (not waterproof on top) bivy, the thing I would prioritize, apart from weight, is how well it's reviewed as minimizing condensation. What I prefer...

In GEAR » Bivy? What bivy?
February 24, 6:14pm

Chlorine Dioxide in city water supplies
Hoping this doesn't turn into a major thread drift issue, but ... "I don't believe that chlorine dioxide treatment of public water supplies is all that common. I think that the gene...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Effect of long-term long-distance hiking on health
February 21, 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