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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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My cuben drybag for my sleeping bag literally wore out, near the top where I held on to it when stuffing the bag. I just threw it out yesterday in favor of a slightly heavier "ultralight dryb...

In GEAR » suitable use for a cuben bivy
February 24, 9:30am

no single right answer
I have both Gaia GPS and Backcountry Navigator on my Galaxy S5, and both work. I tend to use BCN as I'm more used to it now. One issue that I think impacts all such software is how Android ...

In GEAR » What's the best GPS hiking app for my Galaxy S5? BackCountry Navigator TOPO GPS?
September 14, 6:36pm

A hot-button topic for me
I've put a lot of miles on a lot of gear, and this is a hot-button topic for me. I'm reasonably careful with my gear and get a lot of miles on "light" gear, but for any light gea...

In GEAR » Failing #3 Zippers?
September 12, 10:38am

Instead of nail clippers
I don't carry nail clippers on hiking trips, but I've trimmed nails on longer trips, including toenails. If you keep an eye out on standard long distance routes, sometimes a hiker box will...

In Philosophy & Technique » Technique: Trimming Toenails Mid Hike?
May 07, 8:39am

For hot conditions specifically ...
I think that regional pack weight differences are about more than just water and bear canisters --- which sleeping bag, which shelter, what mix of clothing, etc. For the specific issue that the ...

April 30, 10:26am

still --- bible belt?
Still, it seems like the right marketing oriented group could get something going in the Bible belt (with some associated more worldly attractions like whiskey distilleries and lots of barbecue), a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking and wild camping in Europe: Legal aspects
March 10, 10:49am

Great Stuff
Great stuff, Christine --- thanks! I was all set to try to talk my wife into hiking some decent chunk of Germany until I noticed your comment about ticks (meningitis + lyme). She joined me on ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking and wild camping in Europe: Legal aspects
March 09, 11:00am

Re: Etrex
Yup, in fact I just bought myself an Etrex 20. After my last trip with a heavier and more full featured (DeLorme) GPS I sold the unit, thinking that in future I would be content with the GPS on my...

In GEAR » Light GPS?
March 09, 10:42am

Other options?
Thanks for that; walking through parts of Europe certainly appeals to me so I appreciate the data. To occasionally augment or break up not-so-stealth stealth camping, what other overnight options ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking and wild camping in Europe: Legal aspects
March 08, 9:46am

Guess I was lucky
My wife sort of self-converted, or rather, she drinks at least some of the kool-aid now. On a couple of my longer trips, she opted to train hard and join me on sections of the trail --- three diff...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Converting my wife
March 08, 1:28am

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