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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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rehydrading chicken
"I've tried dehydrating the canned chicken but have had poor results getting it to re-hydrate. What is your secret? Maybe I'm dehydrating too much?" I think my only "secre...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Vacuum Sealing
February 07, 12:30pm

bivy for bugs in warm weather?
I have a lot less bivy experience than Sean. I carried a really light (not waterproof) bivy along with my poncho tarp for the first 700 miles and used it maybe twice, once for bugs. I've done...

In GEAR » PCT sleep system help
February 06, 12:34pm

can dry then vacuum seal
More work, but I've had good results with buying the larger cans of chicken on sale once a year and spreading the contents out on a food dryer. Then vacuum seal the results in small amounts an...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Vacuum Sealing
February 06, 12:19pm

Adjust for bugs ...
"... it seems that I can get by with the poncho/tarp and bivy as long as I am off the trail by September..." The wild-card here IMO is how well you deal with mosquitoes. Without an en...

In GEAR » PCT sleep system help
February 03, 1:09pm

Opinions about hammocks on the PCT vary a lot; in part this depends on how much better you personally sleep in a hammock. Also related, for me at least, is whether you can at least be "weight...

In GEAR » PCT sleep system help
February 02, 1:20pm

tarp to start, then tent for bugs
Like Dave, I used just a poncho-tarp (and a very light, not waterproof bivy) for the first 700 miles, then I switched to a fairly light (single wall) tent at Kennedy Meadows. I'd do exactly th...

In GEAR » PCT sleep system help
February 01, 11:44am

GC vs. roomier tent
I'm in a similar situation for my Appalachian Trail thru-hike attempt starting in just under a month. I used a TT Contrail as my tent for the PCT and like it a lot, but had decided to go with ...

In GEAR » TT Moment vs. SMD Gatewood & Serentity combo
January 31, 12:00pm

If you backpack or hike enough ...
If you live in WA state or at least backpack or hike there enough to make it worth while, you could buy the WA state software from the likes of National Geographic Topo or These ar...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Green Trails maps
January 30, 11:24am

Re: Competitive weight
To be clear (I've seen confusion on this point on other threads), I'm not talking about the traditonal Ursack, but a new product by the same manufacturer that's not bear proof but inten...

In GEAR » Outsak UL food storage bag
January 28, 1:20pm

depends on what you use it for ...
I think the reaction to the iPad might depend on how and where a person wants to use it. For me personally, and in a backpacking context, it's massively un-interesting. That's not to say ...

In GEAR » The iPad Thread
January 28, 1:13pm

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