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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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All Forum Posts by Brian Lewis

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I'm with Buck
Count me in with Buck on this one. On the PCT and the AT I had a GPS on my smartphone (just built in) but didn't use it much. On the CDT I bought and brought a dedicated GPS and was glad that...

In GEAR » GPS necessary for the CDT?
December 13, 11:24am

no "one size fits all"
It's great to get various ideas from others on this, but it would be easy to make the mistake of assuming that all of the ideas will be equally valid for you personally, in the specific conditi...

In Philosophy & Technique » Pearls for backpacking in the rain
December 02, 9:41am

miles in the Sierras
Relating to this comment: "Actually, if you can do 20 or 25 miles a day and are willing to camp at the existing bear boxes, then you don't need a bear canister at all." Typicall...

In Gear Lists » PCT 2014
November 22, 11:18am

Cat crap for me too
I use cat crap too, though I haven't done any sort of comparison with other products. Part of getting this to work is just tuning expectations; I find that even with cat crap there are condi...

In GEAR » Anti-Fog spray for glasses
November 21, 10:27am

And ...
Hmm, and also: "Tell us a little about your experience level, particularly if that's relevant to gear choices and location/weather/etc".

In Gear Lists » Suggested GEAR LIST ETIQUETTE
November 20, 9:21am

And ...
I somehow missed seeing this "back then". To Mike's excellent list, I suggest the addition of: "Do you present this list as being absolutely complete, or is it only intend...

In Gear Lists » Suggested GEAR LIST ETIQUETTE
November 20, 9:19am

Where and when?
Where and when is your long distance hike? I tend towards an enclosed tent most of the time to keep out flying bugs, but do go with some sort of tarp when conditions make that seem the better ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Never used a tarp. Deciding to use it for a long distance hike...
November 19, 10:25am

bear can
"What do you guys recommend as far as bear canisters are concerned for the Sierra?" Do you anticipate using a can other times so that you want to own one? In that case I'd get a B...

In Gear Lists » PCT 2014
November 18, 3:13pm

It varies
I went south, but my sense is that it can vary a lot year by year. I went SOBO in a fairly high snow year so most of Montana was snowy for me, creek crossings tough in the Bob, etc. But the hamme...

In GEAR » CDT Sleep System Debate!
November 18, 3:09pm

USAA
"On a hike like the CDT, AT, or PCT how do you manage your $ for things like food and hotels and other unforeseen expenses? Hotels/Motels mostly only take cards as far as our experience."...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do you handle your $ on a long hike?
November 10, 10:39am

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