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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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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

Re: Problem with MontBell UL Sleeping Pad
It's so hard to put this sort of thing into perspective --- is this an inevitable problem that's eventually going to strike every Montbell UL pad owner, or a limited quality control issue t...

In GEAR » Problem with MontBell UL Sleeping Pad
September 05, 8:56am

Re: Gatewood Cape
"... every picture i see has the right-side beak half folded back to make a door. Why won't the left-hand side fold back?" One side or the other has to connect to the guyline to ke...

In GEAR » What's the perfect poncho tarp?
September 04, 2:14am

Local MEC at destination?
Canada's equivalent of REI is MEC (I think that's Mountain Equip. Coop). If there's one close to your destination, a blue foam pad isn't too expensive to buy there, and then just d...

In GEAR » Closed Cell pad options
September 03, 1:02pm

ACE H/W window insulation kit
At my local Ace Hardware store today I bought a window insulation kit package (plastic plus double-sided tape). Advertised as a 6-window kit it's 108 sq ft, 62" x 252", and just cost...

In GEAR » groundcloth
September 01, 8:17pm

Definitely XL, "large" not large enough
At my local drugstore today, they had one brand of latex gloves in "S", "M", and "L" sizes, 50 to a box. The box is clearly labelled to show that they also sell "...

In Multiple Use Gear » Latex gloves
September 01, 8:07pm

Re: GPS HELP...PN-40 and Topo 7 or 8 Questions
I've used Topo products a lot, but their recent migration has me beyond just "disinchanted". Their old mapxchange process was easy to allow topo users to upload and share or download...

In GEAR » GPS HELP...PN-40 and Topo 7 or 8 Questions.
September 01, 8:03pm

latitude matters ...
Latitude matters, as does tree or other cover. I carried a 3-leafed Solio through most of the PCT last year; I found it worth carrying in most of California, significantly less so in Oregon and I ...

In GEAR » Solar power - anyone?
August 31, 3:50pm

re: Fill in the Blanks
I'm thinking of doing the AT next year too; my wife has plans for the fall which precludes a CDT attempt, so I'm thinking of an early March start (pretty tentative yet). If I go, I'm...

In Gear Lists » Fill in the Blanks
August 28, 6:31pm

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