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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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returning from a long trip
"Best way to recover from a long distance hike is to start planning your next adventure." +1 on that for those both willing and able. In fact, the best way for me to know that I'm...

In GEAR » Re-entering society after a long distance hike
November 04, 9:20am

Great starting list!
Your list looks great to me, at least what you have there. About the only reaction I had was that you don't need a pack cover on the PCT. Pick up a trash compacter bag somewhere in northern O...

In Gear Lists » PCT Gear List 2011
October 29, 12:23pm

differing approaches
There certainly are different approaches to this; I've become a bit more relaxed about it, such that I'm approaching my third thru-hike next year with the attitude that I'll probably ga...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Weight carried vs, uh, weight carried.
October 29, 12:18pm

Weather can change quickly
My daughter was one of the (quite a number of) SAR people out looking for her. She (my daughter) pointed out afterwards that the weather changed quite a bit and pretty quickly from when this woman...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiker Missing In Cascades Found Alive
October 29, 12:10pm

MLD eVent mitten durability
"Anyone happen to own these already to comment on durability?" Short answer: my experience this year was that these held up quite well over a period of a few weeks of near-continuous u...

In GEAR » Shell Mitts
October 21, 9:59am

Medium or Large Microspikes?
I'm thinking of carrying Microspikes for a while on a trip next year. What size should I get? While I have about a size 10 foot, I wear size 11.5 trail runners. According to Kahtoola, that...

In GEAR » STABILicers vs MICROspikes
October 21, 9:49am

existing lists ...
You might search for existing lists/glossaries, such as:

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Let's talk backpacking slang
October 19, 8:05am

Wow, some parallels here --- when I did the PCT in 2008 I used a Contrail (no tent for first 700 miles, Contrail thereafter). I used a WM Summerlite after the Sierras (WM Ultralite prior). I used...

In GEAR » PCT gear review (Part I: big 4)
October 17, 11:10am

that's about all I know ...
"when you say that you think we would probably need more than basic neoprene socks do you mean that more than that would be necessary to be comfortable or safe?" Unfortunately I don...

In GEAR » Footwear for Zion Narrows in November?
October 17, 11:02am

renting other gear?
If you're renting other gear, or perhaps having someone shuttle you to the top of the narrows, then I'd rent what they're offering for footware. My recollection is that indeed neoprene...

In GEAR » Footwear for Zion Narrows in November?
October 16, 6:57pm

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