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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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And ...
Hmm, and also: "Tell us a little about your experience level, particularly if that's relevant to gear choices and location/weather/etc".

In Gear Lists » Suggested GEAR LIST ETIQUETTE
November 20, 9:21am

And ...
I somehow missed seeing this "back then". To Mike's excellent list, I suggest the addition of: "Do you present this list as being absolutely complete, or is it only intend...

In Gear Lists » Suggested GEAR LIST ETIQUETTE
November 20, 9:19am

Where and when?
Where and when is your long distance hike? I tend towards an enclosed tent most of the time to keep out flying bugs, but do go with some sort of tarp when conditions make that seem the better ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Never used a tarp. Deciding to use it for a long distance hike...
November 19, 10:25am

bear can
"What do you guys recommend as far as bear canisters are concerned for the Sierra?" Do you anticipate using a can other times so that you want to own one? In that case I'd get a B...

In Gear Lists » PCT 2014
November 18, 3:13pm

It varies
I went south, but my sense is that it can vary a lot year by year. I went SOBO in a fairly high snow year so most of Montana was snowy for me, creek crossings tough in the Bob, etc. But the hamme...

In GEAR » CDT Sleep System Debate!
November 18, 3:09pm

"On a hike like the CDT, AT, or PCT how do you manage your $ for things like food and hotels and other unforeseen expenses? Hotels/Motels mostly only take cards as far as our experience."...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do you handle your $ on a long hike?
November 10, 10:39am

So many trails
"For a single extended BPing trip I would seriously look at a PCT/CDT loop." I think that very very (very) few people would be able and WANT to hike all of that as a single trip. The ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What would be your ultimate backpacking adventure?
November 07, 11:38am

Yup, shoes
Count me in with those that mentioned trail shoes --- noting that everyone who did so mentioned *different* trail shoes. That's as it should be. Pretty much every gear item I have could be ...

In GEAR » What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear?
November 04, 9:23am

Sounds good to me
"Is it foolish to think I could get by with a windshirt (houdini), down parka (mointbell UL down parka) driducks rain jacket and maybe some wind pants(montbelll dynamo) for the PCT?" I...

In GEAR » Layering system for PCT and 3 season hiking?
November 03, 9:27am

goretex socks, and swapping packs
I agree about sizing up goretex socks to fit decent wool socks under them. Goretex socks are okay in snow, but it's the wool socks that are critical in the equation. A pair of breadbags makes...

In Gear Lists » 2014 AT NOBO gear list
October 30, 12:07am

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