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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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"would the databook and halfmile's maps be a sufficient combination?" I'm not positive that Halfmile's maps are complete yet (?), maybe they are now. I personally would su...

In GEAR » Are maps required for PCT thru-hike?
December 10, 1:59pm

Oops, just re-read and I see the early June start --- a little awkward, a late start for a NOBO, and perhaps a little early (?) for a PCT SOBO. In fact, PCT thru-hikers (NOBOs) tend to be com...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 3 months to hike
December 09, 12:34pm

Rather than the AT, I'd suggest just hiking as much of the PCT as your schedule allows, finish up the rest some other year. Or cherry pick best parts of it, spending more time perhaps in pla...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 3 months to hike
December 09, 12:29pm

solar charger, umbrella
"Solio effective/ineffective was it in OR/WA? Was it the trees or lack of good sunlight? How much of a charge were you getting for each day? Enough to keep you (barely) going, or...

In GEAR » PCT Gear Faves/Disasters
December 08, 3:23pm

Michael said early on in this thread: "There are so many, it would be hard to say without zeroing in on a few requirements, lightest, most usable space, vestibule,pitching,built in bug protec...

In GEAR » Best bang for the buck solo shelter
December 04, 1:28pm

it might ...
Might do; hard to tell as each individual is different in terms of how low is "comfortable" ! I have a summerlite and I've had it down below freezing with clothing to augment, but n...

In GEAR » What is the temp rating on this?
December 03, 4:29pm

must be a Garcia?
I'd also point out that the Garcia is perhaps the worst choice to maximize use of the Volume. The wider opening and the clear plastic of the BearVault both make it easier to maximize use of th...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » 10-14 days in a Garcia Bear Can?!?
December 03, 4:26pm

have a look at these
Of course it depends on how much food (calories) you're eating per day, but thru-hikers manage to cram a lot in. Have a look at these links:

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » 10-14 days in a Garcia Bear Can?!?
December 03, 4:21pm

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

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