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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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slow-motion yo-yo diet and other perils
The thing that I'm finding among at least some thru-hikers that I know are post-trail weight issues. This isn't just a one-time, but can be an "each time" issue of gaining quite...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Effect of long-term long-distance hiking on health
February 16, 11:24am

All NOBO PCT thru-hikes are ...
Reading accounts about other people's thru-hikes generally leaves me with the sense that all NOBO PCT thru-hikes are alike. Of course the individual experience in terms of attitude, company, ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hiking Through Hyperbole: A Walk in the Clouds
February 16, 10:44am

re: Agreed ...
"That is what is good about the titanium version caldera. If you have firewood, you burn it. If firewood isn't present or isn't legal, you burn alcohol in the little alcohol burner. If...

In GEAR » PCT cook system...
February 15, 9:36am

Thanks Matt and Jack
Thanks for you trail-specific feedback, Matt & Jack. I wore my new OR Helium Rain Jacket (200g, 7.1 oz in size large) into the shower this afternoon, stood with the water spraying pretty hard,...

In GEAR » Rainwear for dangerous rain…
February 14, 8:56pm

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

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

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