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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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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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Lightheart Gear tents
I don't think I've seen Lightheart Gear tents listed in this discussion yet. No experience to date, I have one on order and look forward to trying it out in various conditions next year, b...

In GEAR » Best tent for rain
November 19, 12:02pm

benefits of parka over jacket
"...but I've never liked hoods in general and have to agree with Scott on this one. They bunch up behind the head, generally get in the way unless I have it over my head, which is rare bec...

In GEAR » Choosing a down jacket - it's that time of year!
November 19, 11:55am

overall campsite space
One other factor in camping with a group is what (if anything) you know about potential campsites. Sometimes there are places where light/ultralight hikers (particularly bivy users) can tuck in wh...

In GEAR » Sharing 2-Person Tent Long Distance Hike
November 17, 10:22am

long but narrow
My experience with the Golite poncho is similar, and I too prefer the Gatewood Cape in scenarios where I am (or even might) want it as shelter as well as raingear. If just raingear, then I like th...

In GEAR » GoLite Poncho Tarp
November 17, 10:15am

alarm on cheap thermometer
"It says your cheapo Min/Max Thermometer has an alarm. Do you know / could you check if it continues to sound until you have to physically turn it off? Or will it only sound for like ~10 secon...

In GEAR » Are you guys bringing weather monitoring devices?
November 16, 12:07pm

how long is "long distance" ?
What do you mean by "long distance" ? If a multi-thousand mile thru-hike, then I strongly suggest that you each get your own light solo tents. If, however, you mean a hundred mile trip ...

In GEAR » Sharing 2-Person Tent Long Distance Hike
November 16, 11:39am

sleeping in
"I am fast asleep at 4 am. Not, mind you, that I would hear the alarm going off anyhow!" On summer days when hot weather is anticipated, 4 or perhaps 4:30 am is a dandy time to be ge...

In GEAR » Are you guys bringing weather monitoring devices?
November 14, 8:42pm

elbows hanging
I'm 5'10" on a particularly tall day, so a 72" pad is plenty long for me. There is indeed a potential issue with a 20 inch wide (and also thick/tall) pad of elbows hanging off, b...

In GEAR » NeoAir Size Advice
November 14, 4:47pm

ambitious trip!
Umbrella: I started the PCT with a chrome dome umbrella and didn't use it much. I love the idea, but I use two trekking poles, and despite some cursory attempts I never found a hands-free solu...

In Gear Lists » AT/PCT gear lists
November 14, 12:33pm

Good down to low teens
Good down to the low teens for me, perhaps a bit lower: - 72" long Neo-air - two thinlight pads, 1/8" below the neo-air, 1/4" above it - 20F rated WM sleeping bag - feathered f...

In GEAR » What is your cold weather sleeping system?
November 14, 12:07pm

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