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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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Just wing it
IMO, a good way to resupply on the AT is to just wing it. Few or no resupply boxes. I had five when hiking in 2010, and that was about right, but two of those were gear swaps (colder to warmer/li...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » AT Resupply Options
March 06, 10:06am

Where is the PCT list?
The intro paragraph says "My pack weight was pretty heavy and I have since updated my entire gear list for my upcoming PCT Thru Hike!" But the heavy list is what's given. Since ...

In Gear Lists » Long Trail Thru Hike Gear List (heavy) needs to be updated for PCT Thru (light!)
March 06, 9:58am

Mid-March AT start
I'm hiking for about a month on the AT, starting just a few days before you, so I'm mentally dialed into this a bit now. Overall a great list IMO. And your "winter" baseweight...

In Gear Lists » AT NOBO gear list
March 05, 10:07am

I hiked SOBO in 2011; each year and direction and certainly path choices are different, but ... Your choices seem like very intelligent ones to me. A 14 oz down jacket seems heavy; yes, the...

In Gear Lists » CDT gear lists
March 04, 11:58am

"Neoprene is weird." Agreed, or at least in my somewhat limited experience. I've used neoprene socks a number of times in different conditions. Sometimes they seem just fantastic...

In GEAR » Trail Runners and Snow
March 04, 11:39am

I'm with those (I think Malto said it first) who tend to hike, eat, and then just sleep. In shoulder season times or even winter (I don't tend to solo hike in winter), you could consider...

In Philosophy & Technique » How Do You Occupy Self during Evening/Downtime when Solo?
March 04, 11:31am

GPS on android phones
I have --- sadly --- owned three different Android phones, and used each at least a fair bit on trail. All three worked fine as a GPS when out of range of any cell towers. If you're getting a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Android Smartphone as GPS?
February 25, 9:47am

"In 2009 I'd bet that at least 75% of thru-hikers had a previous long-distance hike under their belt." In 2008 too, there were a whole lot of AT veterans in "the herd". ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PCT hiker stats.
February 21, 9:19am

I will say, however ...
Let me add, however, that when I've had shoes wear through in the uppers on long trips that it's really trail-specific how much of an issue that is. Sometimes I would get little rocks and ...

In GEAR » Have you done surgery on you trail runners?
February 19, 11:21am

Can't really help but ...
I can't help on this as the only 'surgery' I've done in the past is to try lame repairs, typically without a lot of success (shoes take a beating on trail). But I have little toe...

In GEAR » Have you done surgery on you trail runners?
February 19, 11:19am

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