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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.
http://postholer.com/brianle
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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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agreed ...
Agreed, 13 oz is pretty heavy. Alcohol (fuel) isn't that hard to get on the PCT, and at least for me I wouldn't have wanted the fiddle factor of gathering fuel, lighting and maintaining a ...

In GEAR » PCT cook system...
February 14, 8:44pm

rain on the CDT
"The breatheable stuff is great around town or on short trips but on a thru hike like the CDT.. frankly it was outmatched by the Montana rain. I am talking hail and rain in heavy gusts of wind...

In GEAR » Rainwear for dangerous rain…
February 14, 11:55am

OR Helium Jacket
My Oregon Research Helium rain jacket just came in the mail today, my latest plan for CDT rainwear later this year. Listed weight is 6.8 oz for size large, which is what attracted me to this parti...

In GEAR » Stormproof Light Jacket
February 11, 12:28am

weight
Given that the weight is listed as 10 oz for size small, I'd might be inclined to go for something a little lighter; in fact, for my next long hike I just ordered an Outdoor Research Helium Jac...

In GEAR » Integral Designs Event Jacket and Thruhiker Jacket
February 10, 10:37am

Re: Pants, schmants
You might consider a pair of long pants for the first part of the trip --- IMO the best way to handle the hotter, sunnier parts in the south are to wear light, loose high SPF long sleeved clothing ...

In Gear Lists » PCT / summer backpacking list -- input appreciated
February 06, 4:03am

zoom vs. wide angle
It strikes me as an interesting question as in the outdoors I haven't been too interested in a good zoom for the most part --- I guess that with a cell phone camera I haven't contemplated s...

In GEAR » Cell phone camera with optical zoom
February 06, 3:47am

Crampons
Not disagreeing with Mike here overall, but I think the answer is a little less clear cut. I suggest that you monitor the Postholer snow conditions info and make your decision at the relative last...

In Gear Lists » PCT / summer backpacking list -- input appreciated
February 01, 11:52am

eVent Packa
"Brian do you have the silnylon or event? How does it breathe with the pit zips?" I have the eVent, bought it in person from Cedar Tree last year at Trail Days in Damascus --- after me...

In GEAR » Alternative to the Packa?
January 31, 8:34pm

Groundcloth on snow/ice?
Hopefully not too much of a hijack of this thread, as some earlier comments related --- I just did a 3-day snowshoe trip where I slept under a tarp on snow/ice. I.e., packed down slick snow, vir...

In Make Your Own Gear » Ground Cloth for a Pyramid...Need Advice
January 31, 10:25am

hoodless rain jackets
Thinking about this a little more ... "... but who sells a good, light, *hoodless* rain jacket?!?" A dri-ducks jacket is about 7+ oz, so I suppose a person could just cut off the ho...

In GEAR » Alternative to the Packa?
January 31, 10:06am

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