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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: Confused About Food
The two thoughts that jump into my head on this topic are (1) Look for calorically dense foods --- i.e., high number of calories relative to the weight. You can search this site I would think ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Confused About Food
September 20, 9:14am

having fun with gear
I think it's fine to be excited about, to have fun with your gear "even when you're outdoors", and whether that gear is electronic or a new air mattress or tent or whatever --- I ...

In Multiple Use Gear » A case for smartphones on the trail.
September 19, 11:38am

True weight of Neo-Air
I literally just now got my wife's new size regular Neo-Air via UPS and --- of course --- the first thing I did was to weigh it. I get the weight at 409 grams (no carrying sack and without th...

In GEAR » Big Agnes vs NeoAir
September 18, 11:53am

bivy, polycro ...
There was a separate discussion on polycro where I was happy to learn that I can just go to my local hardware store and buy the window shrink-to-fit (via hair dryer) stuff that people use as an ine...

In GEAR » contrail or gatewood cape?
September 17, 11:57am

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

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