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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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Time/effort vs. Cost
Not meaning to hijack the thread or argue or anything (honest!), just a different point of view ... I like dehydrated refried beans on the trail enough that I found it worthwhile buying a case (...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » instant refried beans
December 09, 11:24pm

Re: best gear of 2009
New for *me* in 2009 is the SMD Gatewood Cape; I've only used it a couple of nights, so it's always possible that with more miles I'll change my mind, but I'm really impressed with ...

In GEAR » Your best gear of 2009
December 06, 10:28pm

Re: Ti Walking Crampon
The Ti crampon looks indeed very very close to the ULA product, not called the "Amigo" (that's their gravity filter), it was called the "Axis", a search string you can perha...

In Make Your Own Gear » Titanium Walking Crampon
December 06, 10:15pm

Advantages of longjohns
A while back I bought BPL cocoon pants and overall I like the idea of them but ... so far I've not been using them much. To the person that said that use depends on conditions, I'd agree a...

In GEAR » Please educate me on insulating pants
December 02, 1:13pm

bark = brown
I'm slightly color blind, I pass most but not all of those little "find the pattern in colored dots" tests, so bear that in mind ... I just got an alpine light in bark, and both my...

In GEAR » Montbell Alpine Down - Bark or Thyme
December 02, 6:15am

I've read that (negatives about too much soy) too, but for backpacking trips I'm willing --- I just don't use TVP in normal life meals (!). I also agree that real meat just tastes be...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Textured Veg Protein: Help a meat eater!
November 30, 2:36am

disposeable poncho
Yup, that's my plan too. I only wish they had a disposeable type (light) poncho with longer sleeves --- to keep my down or synthetic warmth layer sleeves dry in camp. I'm thinking of mod...

In GEAR » Gatewood Cape Setup
November 24, 7:03pm

WT altitude
I live in WA state near sea level (about 300+ feet elevation), and felt no elevation effects in hiking the WT a few years ago, I wouldn't worry about that. Raingear: I think if you're al...

In Philosophy & Technique » Wonderland Tr Umbrella Freindly
November 23, 9:27pm

gear swap points
If swapping/adjusting gear for the Sierras anyway, I figured I'd swap out my bag and found that worked well. I used a 20 degree bag for the first ~1000 miles, swapped for a 32 degree bag when ...

In GEAR » Gear choices for the PCT
November 21, 7:49am

I brought light 6-point crampons and never used them, mailed them home partway along and that was with an early June start. A PITA sometimes in terms of wanting to take them off and put them on ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Seeking advice on an early season JMT thru
November 21, 7:46am

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