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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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re: Who's planning a thru-hike?
I did the PCT in 2008, found that I liked the lifestyle overall, people, etc, so I'm going to try the AT this year. "What gave you the idea to hike whichever long distance trail you'...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Who's planning a thru-hike?
January 23, 11:17am

same trail, different year
I'll be there, but this year, starting late Feb. FWIW (no "rights" or "wrongs" here ...) my gear list is at Some h...

In Gear Lists » 2011 AT Thru Hike Gear List
January 22, 12:37pm

more data
Starting on the trail about when? (what month)

In Gear Lists » 2011 AT Thru Hike Gear List
January 21, 12:44pm

Got mine in the mail today ...
My Ursack Minor came in the mail today. Immediate impression was "wow, this *is* light" and of course the related "so can it really keep critters out?" I don't know, of ...

In GEAR » Ursack minor?
January 13, 2:13pm

not just for wind
A lot of posts here suggest that a windshirt is primarily for use against ... wind. Which makes sense, it's great for that. But I find it's a great layer over just a hiking shirt starting...

In GEAR » Value of a windshirt?
January 13, 9:14am

Thanks, Ryan!
Thanks for pointing this out, Ryan --- I just ordered one. At 2.7 oz, it's a lot lighter than any of the rodent-proof alternatives I'm aware of (Ratsak, Outsak, Grubpack). I figure it doe...

In GEAR » Ursack minor?
January 08, 1:38pm

I appreciate this thread --- I just got this pot, and had noticed that the bottom looked a little, I don't know, greasy or something, though not a lot of smell. So I scrubbed the heck out of i...

In GEAR » MLD Ti Pot Smells
January 05, 10:48am

re: Great list!
If renting a can, at least look into the Bearikade. It's the most expensive but light and fairly large capacity which is helpful for dealing with thru-hiker hunger in the Sierras. If not, I l...

In Gear Lists » PCT gear list
January 05, 10:37am

Great list!
Looks like a great, well thought out list to me. Ice axe: I carried a ULA Helix, the shortest version. In some testing I found that I can self-arrest with it. I think if doing it again, however,...

In Gear Lists » PCT gear list
January 03, 1:49pm

Optimistic, but okay ...
Perhaps a bit optimistic to try to collect all trail-related (and no doubt some that are not) foot ailments in one thread, but I'm game ... (1) Bunionettes, i.e., little-toe side bunions, of...

In GEAR » Shoe/boot research
January 01, 11:03am

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