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Shawn Basil (Bearpaw) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Southeast
About Me Eagle Scout, Philmont Ranger, Marine Corps Arctic/Mountain training (Norway deployments), Appalachian Trail Through-hiker ('99), NOLS Instructor ('01-'03), Trail Crew Leader (Cumberland Trail Conference, '00-'05), Pack and Bootfitter (REI, '01-'06), Colorado Trail Through-hiker ('06)
CityNashville
StateTennessee
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=6275

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All Forum Posts by Shawn Basil

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Savage Gulf SNA (Tennessee)
Leslie and I are hoping to hike the other half of the planned figure 8 over Martin Luther King Weekend.

In Post-Trip Reports » Savage Gulf SNA (Tennessee)
January 06, 5:26pm

Re: Re: Big South Fork NRRA, Day 1
"I want to know what camera you have- those pics are really good." I use an Olympus SP-350, a slightly heavier digital (7.5 oz), but with an outstanding ergometric grip for taking shot...

In Post-Trip Reports » Big South Fork NRRA, Day 1
January 06, 5:21pm

Big South Fork NRRA, Day 3
Thursday, January 3, 2008 I was up early since I knew my fiancee was heading out fairly early and getting a ride to my truck. The 9-degree temperature was bracing as I stepped out of the warm ca...

In Post-Trip Reports » Big South Fork NRRA, Day 1
January 06, 11:47am

Big South Fork NRRA, Day 2
Wednesday, January 2, 2008 I awoke after a remarkably warm night to a temperature of 12 degrees, a colder reality than I thought my homemade quilt could have handled. My tarp and bivy had kept m...

In Post-Trip Reports » Big South Fork NRRA, Day 1
January 06, 11:43am

Big South Fork NRRA, Day 1
This hike was originally planned as a 38-miler over four days as I hike the John Muir Trail in Big South Fork and Pickett State Park from Leatherwood Ford to Pickett's JMT Trailhead on HWY 154....

In Post-Trip Reports » Big South Fork NRRA, Day 1
January 06, 11:37am

Savage Gulf SNA (Tennessee)
My fiancee and I headed out the Tuesday before Thanksgiving this past November, with plans to hike a figure 8 in the eastern half of Tennesee's Savage Gulf State Natural Area. We had made conti...

In Post-Trip Reports » Savage Gulf SNA (Tennessee)
January 05, 3:52pm

Hiking In Cold Rain
I use my wind shirt and pants as much as possible over lightweight wicking layers until a solid steady rain (or harder begins). I was in weather like this on a trip back at Thanksgiving as Savage ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking In Cold Rain
January 04, 4:20pm

To each his own?
Actually, I see time and time and time again sites where gear is discussed ad nauseum, but I'm left wondering if the folks who spend so much time talking gear actually use it. I rarely hear ab...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Continue with BPL Membership?
January 04, 2:35pm

What is the personality profile of a light weight backpacker?
Sex: Male Age: 36 Marital Status: engaged Race: White (Scot-Irish, so VERY white) Occupation: Teacher Location: Tennessee Hobbies/Interest: Backpacking, trail building, reading, movies, hist...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What is the personality profile of a light weight backpacker?
December 28, 9:39pm

RE: perspective and training
"All the training and forethought in the world can’t prepare you for what you will do when you are scared in a real world situation." I keep hearing this line every time I read a thr...

In Chaff » Does your kit include a gun?
December 20, 3:19pm

All Reader Reviews by Shawn Basil

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Gregory Z-55
After loving my old Gregory Z-Pack, I had high hopes for the beautifully ventilated Z-55. As a southeastern hiker, I usually head west to high cool mountains when summer heat and humidity begin to ba...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 03, 11:25am

ULA Catalyst
I've owned 14 packs in the last 8 years and the ULA Catalyst is the best pack of the lot. I've used in Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau and Great Smoky Mountains, Nevada's Tahoe Rim Tra...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 01, 9:23pm

Princeton Tec EOS
For years I used my Tikka and Tikka Plus, exuberantly satisfied with the compact, lightweight, and long-lasting nature of their light. But at times, I found that when I really needed extra light, suc...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 24, 3:53pm

Probar Energy Bar
When I first tried a Probar, I though I had finally found the "perfect trail bar" to challenge the venerable Bear Valley Pemmican Bar. It packs smaller, weighs slightly less, performs just ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 23, 5:13pm

Bear Valley Mealpack Bars
Bear Valley Meal Pack and Pemmican Bars are, without a doubt, one of the most efficient foods a backpacker can hope to carry. Since I first encountered them as a scout at Philmont 22 years ago, they ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 23, 4:55pm

GoLite Phantom Jacket
This was my jacket during my Colorado Trail through-hike this past summer. It's breathability is better than most, and its ventilation is superb. I hiked many miles over two weeks through monsoo...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 21, 1:55pm

Arc'Teryx Sirrus Jacket
This jacket, made in 2002 and 2003 used a combination of XCR Goretex with Paclite fabric, a combination I have not seen in other jackets. The breathability is, to put it mildly, superb. The material...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 21, 1:44pm

Mountainsmith Ghost
For warm weather in areas where I don't need to carry large amounts of water, this is my favorite pack. I use the original blue 2002 version. The pack is a dream for my longer torso. For those ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 21, 1:36pm

Gregory Z-Pack
I love my old, but tough 2004 Z-pack. It served me well for over 1000 miles and is still in good overall shape. My size large weighs in at exactly 3 pounds (after trimming off nearly 4 ounces of unn...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 21, 1:23pm

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
I first read The Complete Walker III in 1997. I'd been backpacking recreationally for 15 years, but still learned a tremendous amount and appreciated the well-written prose and humor in the book....

In Books and Media
February 21, 10:27am