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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.
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CountryUSA
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All Forum Posts by Brian Lewis

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PCT Gear Faves/Disasters
Good: ===== I really liked a Montbell thermawrap jacket, about all the warmth layer needed for the whole trip; I added a thermawrap vest for the Sierras but scarcely needed it. 20F WM bag un...

In GEAR » PCT Gear Faves/Disasters
December 03, 9:06am

re: LightHeart with Awning
Happy news indeed. Great minds think alike, I had also asked Judy if she could find some decent awning compromise; it sounds like this isn't the approach I was thinking of (I had in mind a rem...

In GEAR » Lightheart Gear has Gone Cuben
December 03, 8:49am

some random added comments
Yogi's guide: you're walking 2600+ miles, I'd get it. Take the advice you like, ignore what you don't but it's worth reading, and I liked having the "town guide" stuf...

In Philosophy & Technique » Resupplying on a PCT thru
December 03, 8:29am

Ditto ...
I second Jack's suggestions, get Yogi's book. You can also look at postholer's resupply list,http://postholer.com/databook/resupply.php I had way too many resupply boxes on the PCT;...

In Philosophy & Technique » Resupplying on a PCT thru
December 02, 7:01am

Circuit vs. Mariposa Plus
I've not used the VT, but I've done a lot of miles with the other two packs. Both will work for you; at this point I'm using a Circuit, and one factor I'll add in is durability. M...

In GEAR » Vapor Trail vs Circuit vs Mariposa Plus
November 29, 12:00pm

+1 feathered friends booties
+1 feathered friends booties, I got these last year for a relatively early start on the Appalachian Trail, and loved them. I normally don't use camp shoes, but when it's really cold, snowy...

In GEAR » Best lightweight down booties for winter/shoulder season
November 29, 11:56am

cowboy camp but mind the wind
I liked cowboy camping in the Grand Canyon too, with the exception that I found it pretty windy; the continuous wind in my face occasionally made me wish for a tent, and found me somewhat vainly at...

In GEAR » Grand Canyon Gear Questions
November 25, 9:25am

June ...
To Paul's comment about the Sierras in June: "June - buggy as all get out, warm days(70's), cool nights(30's), a few afternoon thundershowers, slight chance of snow showers early ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Weather in the Sierras
November 21, 11:02am

tai chi hiking
"Tai Chi hiking" --- I like that term, I hope you don't mind if I steal it for local use! :-) W.r.t. another comment: "... and it included heavy wool trousers and extra heav...

In Philosophy & Technique » Does lightweight philosophy interfere with joining group trips?
November 20, 11:49am

Leave "airplane mode" off, turn cellphone radio off
In the Android market there's a free app called "Advanced Setting". Within that you click "Phone Information", scroll down and push the button that says "turn off radio...

In GEAR » Android phone for tracking in romote areas
November 20, 11:33am

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