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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.
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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: Stewing in your own juices
I think part of being happy in the outdoors involves an adjustment in thinking, of expectations. Each to their own, but I mostly just don't worry about it. Smell however I smell on the trail,...

In GEAR » Stewing in your own juices
June 26, 10:51am

re: easily PRINTABLE 2-page gear CHECK-LIST
Jamie offered a great trip prep checklist, and asked if folks see any other things to consider adding to it. I would add: * trim toenails * check weather forecast for area of travel * Deter...

In Gear Lists » easily PRINTABLE 2-page gear CHECK-LIST
June 26, 10:41am

Yup, Nesco's are fine
As Sarah said, the Nesco model seems to work fine for me; I use it pretty infrequently once or at most twice a year and have had it maybe 4 - 5 years. I'm drying some meats now for my persona...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Which new dehydrator?
June 24, 2:23pm

Re: Lightweight shoes for JMT
The JMT can be a bit harder than average (or at least "average good") trail on shoes, but I think the question is independent of location, it's just about "what's a good shoe...

In GEAR » Lightweight shoes for JMT
June 23, 10:53pm

Re: Favorite Snacks
Rosemary and Olive Oil flavored Triscuits.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Fav Snack
June 23, 10:46pm

Re: Nothing New Under the Sun..
The gear innovations I'm most interested in are those that bring more lightweight gear options into the mainstream. Lighter weight gear that is nevertheless decently durable, affordable, and w...

In Philosophy & Technique » Nothing New Under the Sun?
June 22, 11:34am

Re: lightweight pants
Hi Tom. Hard to argue with your logic! Of course it can vary a lot; last year the snow melted out pretty late in the NW, which shifted the heaviest bug times. I walked through Oregon in early Au...

In Gear Lists » North Cascades - Summer
June 17, 6:38am

Re: JMT for Two 2009
"I guess this is one of the advantages of the Gossamer Gear external cannister attachment system (I see you you have a Mariposa Plus)." FWIW, when I went through the Sierras (JMT/PCT) ...

In Gear Lists » JMT for Two 2009
June 15, 7:14pm

lightweight pants
"Also, do you guys have any ideas about long pants? Lightweight, but somewhat water repellent?" My personal preference is not water repellent, but rather quick-drying. So long as the...

In Gear Lists » North Cascades - Summer
June 15, 7:07pm

Check out appropriate books ...
I don't know much about OR or CA, but a couple of books that come to mind for WA state are "Best Loop Hikes Washington", and "Trekking Washington". Both of these are Mounta...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I need a loop!
June 15, 6:52pm

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