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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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Much appreciated
I take blood pressure medication (Lisinopril) and took some ibuprofen and was no doubt dehydrated along the PCT last year. Had no problem that I know of, but I very much appreciate this warning. ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Blood pressure meds and ibuprofen
November 16, 1:19pm

VB socks --- night, or day?
One concern I would have with VB socks at night is if the weather is wet during the day and you're using trail runners, you could end up in a situation where your feet never dry out. I don'...

In GEAR » Cold Feet Problem - Vapor Barrier?
November 15, 5:18am

Trekking WA/CA/S. AT books
I quite like a recently purchased book called "Trekking Washington" by Mike Woodmansee (The Mountaineers Books, also listed as a Backpacker magazine book). Of all the backpacking route b...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What are the best 50-150 mile hikes in the country?
November 13, 6:51am

Golite shoes for long trips
Since I need a wide toebox, I went with Golite Sundragons on the PCT in 2008. Did the first couple hundred miles in Sundragon I's, switched to Sundragon II's for the rest of the trail ---...

In GEAR » Golite Footwear
November 03, 10:27pm

sacks, sacks, and more sacks
Ah, super --- thanks for the clarification! I'm travelling just now, but will think through this carefully once I'm home again. You're right, there are a lot of bags there. I'...

In Gear Lists » NOBO AT list, Late Feb start
October 22, 4:42pm

face masks
I use a light balaclava too --- the issue for me is that my nose gets painfully cold and keeps me awake, and the balaclava eliminates that. I'm switching for some sorts of trips to a down pa...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping in the Colder Weather
October 20, 1:56am

ziplock works for me ...
I use a ziplock for pills, and store the pills (I'm talking about one-a-day type of pills) in my food bag and haven't had any problems. For infrequent use pills, a ziplock of them secure...

In GEAR » Carrying pills?
October 19, 4:34pm

chopping steps
I know nothing about the ice tool, but the Helix is a poor choice for chopping steps --- there's little mass at the head, so you would have to use a lot more arm muscle and repetition to try to...

In GEAR » ULA helix versus TICA Ice tool
October 19, 4:31pm

re: woodstoves
Thanks, Keith. I cook just once a day, for one, and it's always just limited to heating water --- FBC system, I don't ever have to clean the pot, don't carry a bowl or cup. This ma...

In Gear Lists » NOBO AT list, Late Feb start
October 19, 4:21pm

some hasty replies ...
I appreciate the recent responses (Brad, Ross, Keith). I'm actually in China just now and somewhat jet lagged, so my response might not be entirely coherent, but just off the top of my head .....

In Gear Lists » NOBO AT list, Late Feb start
October 19, 4:38am

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