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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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"We like to eat together"
Since I do a lot of solo hiking, I have a decent solo setup: 850 ml MDL pot/cup, and a compact version of the caldera cone that they don't seem to offer any more that fits into it. Since I&#...

In GEAR » Cook/Eat System
October 11, 9:58am

not a lot of rainy days (maybe) on the PCT ...
I used a wind shirt and a poncho on the PCT, didn't carry a rain jacket, and this was a good combo IMO. Factor in that for much of the PCT it doesn't rain much; in 2008 I walked in virtua...

In GEAR » Rain anorak as wind shirt?
October 11, 9:46am

Prusik knot to attach a little hook
"The question is for those who have one, could you tell me what the front guyline clip looks like? I've read through the setup directions a dozen times and checked my tarp for the sliding ...

In GEAR » SMD Wild Oasis - Guylines
October 11, 9:34am

Golite brand shoes
All Golite brand shoes (or at least "all" to my knowledge") have wide toe boxes --- you can just look at the shoe and see that it's shaped more like an actual foot than many/most...

In GEAR » Lightest Trail Runners with Large Toebox?
August 31, 5:40am

+1 on use of cell phone
This is going to vary by the individual --- my wife was planning to get a Kindle for an upcoming vacation that includes a lot of day hiking (carrying all of our stuff), but in general I'm satis...

In GEAR » Time for an e book reader - I wonder!
August 26, 9:48am

Consider the Lightheart Duo
Since you said that you're leery of single wall tents, have a look at the Lightheart Duo: Note that I have no personal experience with this tent, though I...

In GEAR » Looking for some Sage UL SHelter guidance
August 19, 11:21am

GC for AT thru
I just finished an AT thru-hike, just over 2 weeks ago, and I started the trail in late Feb with a Gatewood Cape. I didn't carry the GC for long, however, as in late Feb and March there was a ...

In GEAR » Question about Gatewood Cape
August 15, 9:44am

also inside the pack
I've started out on a long trip with a rig to keep the can outside the pack, and the trail taught me that this is a bad idea. The marketing materials for my pack said explicitly that one of th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Canisters
August 10, 8:00pm

I've been using a Packa in recent months; I think the use of this will depend on anticipated conditions, but if I expect a fair bit of rain then even at about a pound I'm seeing this as wor...

In GEAR » Heavy gear that works
August 04, 10:01pm

Agreed ...
Agreed, less water when using in a FBC cozy. I ate a lot of Knorr sides this year on the AT --- yes, and Idahoan potatos and ramen, etc, and it's true for everything. Of course a person can r...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Experiment(s) With Knorr Side Dishes
August 04, 8:28am

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