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Shawn Basil (Bearpaw) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me Eagle Scout, Philmont Ranger, Marine Corps Arctic/Mountain training (Norway deployments), Appalachian Trail Through-hiker ('99), NOLS Instructor ('01-'03), Trail Crew Leader (Cumberland Trail Conference, '00-'05), Pack and Bootfitter (REI, '01-'06), Colorado Trail Through-hiker ('06)
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All Forum Posts by Shawn Basil

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Base Weight poll
Lightweight in pretty much all climes and places. About 12 in a southeastern summer (late April through early October) thru 18 or 19 (Winter in snow in the Smokies high-country). I was close to 1...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Base Weight poll...
February 05, 7:26pm

The only time I ever consider any deodorant is when I am on a long thru-hike (The Appalachian Trail, Colorado Trail, Benton MacKaye Trail, etc) where I will hit towns every few days. Even after a ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Deoderant choice?
February 02, 8:35am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Attitude
Miguel, I don't see any particular anti-American rhetoric in your post, but I routinely see digs and snipes at the U. S. throughout this site, particularly from certain Canadian and Australian ...

In Chaff » Should BPL go metric?
February 01, 7:28pm

Evil CorPORations (sp)
REI is a member-owned cooperative, not a corporation. If you are a member, you get a ballot to vote for the Board with every dividend check. Few get sent back, but you have that right as a mem...

In Chaff » Ethics and REI Return Policy
January 29, 9:53pm

In THIS country? I don't think it was illegal there..... ;-)

In Chaff » What's the penalty for the worst thing you've ever done but were not caught?
January 28, 7:16pm

Savage Gulf SNA (Tennessee) Jan '08
My fiancee and I had long planned to return to Savage Gulf and complete the figure-8 we'd begun the previous Thanksgiving. However, when she injured her finger and came down with flu nearly sim...

In Post-Trip Reports » Savage Gulf SNA (Tennessee) Jan '08
January 26, 5:21pm

Stone Door entrance
Yes, I hiked the loop from Stone Door last June. It is a fantastic loop and the actual "Stone Door" offers a fantastic viewpoint. I have some pics and a couple of pages from my trailj...

In Post-Trip Reports » Savage Gulf SNA (Tennessee)
January 26, 5:05pm

Re: Ethics and REI Return Policy
"Particularly, the down seems to leak out of the hood of the REI bag pretty easily. I've been wrestling with whether or not it's ok to return it." I work for REI. I wouldn'...

In Chaff » Ethics and REI Return Policy
January 11, 3:57pm

Re: Re: FYI missing hiker in GA
This whole incident has hit a lot of us in the region very hard. For many of us, the southern AT and the surrounding community are as much a part of our comfort zone as Cheers was to Norm. To...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » FYI missing hiker in GA
January 08, 9:56pm

FYI missing hiker in GA
"I think that pepper spray + knife is more likely to be effective in the hands of more people than a gun." You take your pepper spray and knife. Give me the shotgun. Now you face int...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » FYI missing hiker in GA
January 08, 6:45am

All Reader Reviews by Shawn Basil

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Gregory Z-55
After loving my old Gregory Z-Pack, I had high hopes for the beautifully ventilated Z-55. As a southeastern hiker, I usually head west to high cool mountains when summer heat and humidity begin to ba...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 03, 11:25am

ULA Catalyst
I've owned 14 packs in the last 8 years and the ULA Catalyst is the best pack of the lot. I've used in Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau and Great Smoky Mountains, Nevada's Tahoe Rim Tra...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 01, 9:23pm

Princeton Tec EOS
For years I used my Tikka and Tikka Plus, exuberantly satisfied with the compact, lightweight, and long-lasting nature of their light. But at times, I found that when I really needed extra light, suc...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 24, 3:53pm

Probar Energy Bar
When I first tried a Probar, I though I had finally found the "perfect trail bar" to challenge the venerable Bear Valley Pemmican Bar. It packs smaller, weighs slightly less, performs just ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 23, 5:13pm

Bear Valley Mealpack Bars
Bear Valley Meal Pack and Pemmican Bars are, without a doubt, one of the most efficient foods a backpacker can hope to carry. Since I first encountered them as a scout at Philmont 22 years ago, they ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 23, 4:55pm

GoLite Phantom Jacket
This was my jacket during my Colorado Trail through-hike this past summer. It's breathability is better than most, and its ventilation is superb. I hiked many miles over two weeks through monsoo...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 21, 1:55pm

Arc'Teryx Sirrus Jacket
This jacket, made in 2002 and 2003 used a combination of XCR Goretex with Paclite fabric, a combination I have not seen in other jackets. The breathability is, to put it mildly, superb. The material...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 21, 1:44pm

Mountainsmith Ghost
For warm weather in areas where I don't need to carry large amounts of water, this is my favorite pack. I use the original blue 2002 version. The pack is a dream for my longer torso. For those ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 21, 1:36pm

Gregory Z-Pack
I love my old, but tough 2004 Z-pack. It served me well for over 1000 miles and is still in good overall shape. My size large weighs in at exactly 3 pounds (after trimming off nearly 4 ounces of unn...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 21, 1:23pm

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
I first read The Complete Walker III in 1997. I'd been backpacking recreationally for 15 years, but still learned a tremendous amount and appreciated the well-written prose and humor in the book....

In Books and Media
February 21, 10:27am