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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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Re: Re: Contrail or Gatewood - Is there a bigger Poncho Tent?
W.r.t. a tall person using a Gatewood Cape --- First, I suspect that the only alternative for a tall person is one of the larger conventional ponchos and pitch it in a way that provides less cover...

In GEAR » contrail or gatewood cape?
September 16, 10:03pm

MB Pillow works for me
I use the MB pillow along with their UL 90 (35" long) inflatable pad and have been quite happy with this combination --- particularly the way they toggle together. Just ordered a Neo-Air fo...

In GEAR » Pillows
September 16, 11:17am

Re: Contrail or Gatewood
This is an incredibly well focused discussion for me, as I'm planning on starting the AT in late Feb. I used the Contrail for most of the PCT last year and love it, but I also love the idea of...

In GEAR » contrail or gatewood cape?
September 16, 11:10am

dealing with lots of rain
"... but I have been caught in torrential rains when I would have liked to have had about 3-4 garbage bags, sheet plastic, bivy sack, a folding army shovel to dig a trench around my tent. That...

In Gear Lists » AT list
September 12, 7:48am

me too ...
Serendipitously, I'm starting to think seriously about an AT thru-hike starting in late Feb. What I read varies a bit in terms of temps/conditions to be prepared for; I'm reluctantly going...

In Gear Lists » AT list
September 11, 7:12pm

how many resupply boxes?
"Would this cereal (by itself or mixed with other nuts, etc) be a good idea to take along?" Since you'll rarely be able to buy this in trail towns, it boils down to how many resupp...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Vector cereal on the trail
September 08, 10:52am

lightest loppers?
I appreciate this thread. I see trail maintenance as a sort of two-tier (or maybe multi-tier) affair. There's all-out trail maintenance crews with hard hats, heavy tools, dedicating trips exc...

In GEAR » Trail Maintenance Tools
September 06, 8:46pm

SMD bug bivy over MLD
I bought an MLD bug bivy last year, intending to switch to it plus poncho on a long distance hike last year, but it took too long to arrive to use that way. I've since purchased an SMD Gatew...

In GEAR » MLD Bug Bivy Modification
September 05, 9:36am

Hmm, nice if could buy disposeable poncho from SMD ...
Hmm, and Ron --- since you're tracking this thread (thanks for doing so!) --- a suggestion. IMO it would be great if SMD were to buy a bunch of really lightweight (2 mil or perhaps even 1 mil...

In GEAR » What's the perfect poncho tarp?
September 05, 9:16am

in-camp raingear
"The only problem you'll have if you only take this as your tent and your rain gear - is if it is raining while your in tent mode and you have to get out to whiz. Normally I just get "...

In GEAR » What's the perfect poncho tarp?
September 05, 9:08am

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