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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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some hasty replies ...
I appreciate the recent responses (Brad, Ross, Keith). I'm actually in China just now and somewhat jet lagged, so my response might not be entirely coherent, but just off the top of my head .....

In Gear Lists » NOBO AT list, Late Feb start
October 19, 4:38am

Re: Filters in Winter
Thanks, Frank. I came to the same conclusion about the filter --- I'll just go with Aqua Mira throughout. The filter idea came as a random thought about how long chemicals are supposed to ...

In Gear Lists » NOBO AT list, Late Feb start
October 17, 10:25am

waste of space without a hood?
I appreciate this discussion, as I'm leaning towards getting either a Montbell Alpine Light Jacket or the equivalent Parka (the latter having a hood ...). I like the idea of a hood, but at a...

In GEAR » Down jacket for winter (<20F)?
October 14, 9:43am

Summerlite vs. Ultralite
The two sleeping bags being discussed here happen to be the two that I own ... well, I own the Summerlite, my wife owns the Ultralite, but in temps where I'd want the Ultralite she doesn't ...

In GEAR » Confused
October 13, 6:41pm

there are many ...
There are many cell phones with GPS receivers in them already. If Garmin gets their act together, then perhaps there's some hope of a version that will do garmin-like backcountry GPS stuff, bu...

In GEAR » Cell phone with GPS receiver
October 11, 11:23am

SMD serenity bug shelter
As long as you're looking at SMD stuff, look at their bug shelter. It's designed to work with the Gatewood cape, but works stand-alone too with a single pole and 0 - 4 stakes to optionally...

In GEAR » Bug Bivies: Outdoor Research v. Integral Designs v. Other?
October 10, 12:26pm

factor in first-day dynamics
I started on the first day (in 2008) with the intention to do, I think, 16 miles to Hauser Creek, and carried enough water to dry camp. But I felt good enough that I ended up doing 20 to Lake More...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Getting in shape for a thruhike
October 10, 12:17pm

Re: Re: You need to be able to calibrate
Hmm, that raises an interesting question --- is the scale off by a fixed, consistent amount regardless of what is being weighed, or is it off by some percentage of the amount being weighed? (or .....

In GEAR » BPL Scale
October 09, 3:45pm

Re: You need to be able to calibrate
Greg said: "If your scale is weighing light add to the pan until you're good." Not sure what you mean there; I have crisp new coins whose precise weight I know (I happen to be usi...

In GEAR » BPL Scale
October 09, 9:40am

Re: Fine into the teens with 2 thinlights
This was a test-the-gear trip so I car camped ... In general my plan is to roll the two pads together as one unit, about the same size roll (of course) as a 3/8" pad that I carry strapped ext...

In GEAR » GG thinlite with neo air for winter
October 09, 9:30am

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