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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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Shift expectations
I live in the PNW (Pacific NW), so hiking wet is something it's best to get used to. I think having the right set of expectations and mental model is key. When it's raining and/or cold-...

In Philosophy & Technique » Better techniques or skills for the rain?
May 08, 8:41am

Zpacks not durable?
Thanks for your comments, Gary. When you say that the Zpacks jacket isn't durable, could you please expand on that a little? Does the zipper go out, or does the fabric on the upper shoulders ...

In GEAR » Best lightweight rain jacket (sub 8-9 oz): Montbell Versalite, OR Helium II, Marmot Mica & Essence, MH Superlight Plasmic or other?
May 06, 9:16am

Or a longer rain jacket?
I doubt that many people have more than one manufactured rain skirt, so difficult for anyone to do an in-person comparison. I've got the zpacks cuben, an older one I think, and I like it well ...

In GEAR » Advice on picking a rain kilt/skirt
April 28, 8:31am

leave the stove home?
Since you mentioned that you're looking for "other options" --- for short-to-moderate trips and certainly for situations where fire or fire regulations are an issue I like to just eat...

In GEAR » Need suggestions for lighter stove
April 18, 9:57am

mental stamina/grit
I think one of the toughest things about their trip was likely just getting tired of being in the cold all the time. In a normal thru-hike you can have times, sometimes quite extended times of col...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trauma & Pepper finish their winter-thru of the PCT
March 06, 8:01am

Or don't carry it ...
My approach some time back was to stop carrying it, and I haven't missed it. Can be messy, can go 'bad', somewhat of a hassle for resupply in general, and I've seen situations where...

In GEAR » Carrying Olive Oil
March 01, 5:34pm

Axe, crampons
I've got a black diamond raven --- it's pretty heavy. Fine if you're doing real mountaineering. On the PCT I had a "sort of" axe with carbon fiber handle; quite light for so...

In Gear Lists » Help me lighten up for the CDT
March 01, 10:20am

Overall solid list
This list looks pretty good to me overall, but as an earlier poster mentioned, the weight is seriously impacted by adding in crampons and ice axe. What sort of crampons? What axe? You say you p...

In Gear Lists » Help me lighten up for the CDT
February 28, 7:55pm

Aqua Mira is great
The drops are an inexpensive and overall excellent approach. In my experience, few people taste aqua mira drops after treatment (I don't). I suspect that at least some of those who do have so...

In Philosophy & Technique » Water Treatment
February 24, 9:55am

My cuben drybag for my sleeping bag literally wore out, near the top where I held on to it when stuffing the bag. I just threw it out yesterday in favor of a slightly heavier "ultralight dryb...

In GEAR » suitable use for a cuben bivy
February 24, 9:30am

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