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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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Mammoth Cave NP, March '08
The action of this trip actually began before I ever hoisted my pack. For the sake of avoiding a loop hike or out-and-back, I used a bike shuttle, a tactic I haven't employed for a few years. A...

In Post-Trip Reports » Mammoth Cave NP, March '08
March 04, 4:05pm

Re: Re: Why people gotta hate on the UL crowd?
Brian Maynard wrote: "And have you heard people say ultralighters beg for food and dont carry maps or shelters? Where are they getting this stuff?" It's called the Appalachian Tra...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why people gotta hate on the UL crowd?
March 04, 3:50pm

AT, Harpers Ferry To Mason Dixon Line
I was surprised at how rocky certain short stretches were in that area. But Maryland was a very neat walk with the original Washington Monument and many Civil War historic sights. Even though I w...

In Post-Trip Reports » AT, Harpers Ferry To Mason Dixon Line
February 16, 8:26am

AT Thru-hike clothing
A great deal depends on which month you will begin. A February start will mean LOTS of insulation. Even an April start will require more than you might think. The Smokies, owing to sheer elevati...

In GEAR » AT Thru-hike clothing
February 16, 8:17am

My newest avatar...
My newest avatar is from a recent trip to the Bear Waller Gap Trail near Carthage, Tennessee. This shot was at the trail's southern terminus at Tater Knob Overlook with views down to Cordell H...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Your Avatar
February 14, 8:55pm

Bearwaller Gap Trail, Carthage TN
February 9 & 10, 2008 My fiancee, Sleeps With Skunks, and I stepped off from the Defeated Creek Trailhead onto the BearWaller Gap Trail around 10:45. Along with us came Dew E. Bear. ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Bearwaller Gap Trail, Carthage TN
February 10, 3:16pm

Backpack for JMT in Aug/Sept
You didn't list it (probably because of weight), but the ULA Catalyst is gold simply owing to the fact that you can place a bear cannister horizontally into it. Add its impressively comfortabl...

In GEAR » Backpack for JMT in Aug/Sept
February 10, 12:37pm

Hiking Distance Estimates
This is an area where I really like profile maps. They give me a much better idea of the difficulty expected overall. For actually hiking and navigating, I've found them to sometimes be fairl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking Distance Estimates
February 09, 8:10am

March hiking suggestions needed
Consider the Bartram Trail in the North Carolina Mountains. It is 110 miles long, plus the five mile backtrack to Winding Stair Gap OR the preferable 10 miles south on the Appalachian Trail to Nan...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » March hiking suggestions needed
February 09, 8:07am

Guns in National Parks
Firearms aren't allowed in National Parks for the general public, with an incredibly small number of exceptions, and this won't change. This is a non-issue, not to mention that Ron Paul is...

In Chaff » Guns in National Parks
February 05, 7:29pm

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