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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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+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

Group gear requirements
"It might be nice to join them sometime but the person who organizes the trips is kind of old-school and would likely disapprove of my gear." There's a highly organized outdoor gro...

In Philosophy & Technique » Does lightweight philosophy interfere with joining group trips?
November 19, 12:31pm

back panel folding
"the back panel folds over as it thins near the waist belt opening" The other issues haven't come up for me, but this one has. I got my circuit partway along my hike this year and ...

In GEAR » ULA Circuit Problems/Mods
November 19, 12:15pm

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

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