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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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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

check if plantar fasciitis
Have a look online for the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, a pretty common cause of heel pain.

In Philosophy & Technique » dealing with heel pain
August 28, 6:17pm

Agreed, these things should be on a gear list; they're on mine. I'm in the ziplock-as-mapcase camp. Easier, cheaper, re-useable (for a while). My gear list has a sort of generic t...

In Gear Lists » Things Noone Else Packs?
August 27, 12:42pm

window shrink film for polycro
Cool! I'll have to check this out next time I'm at a hardware store (same place I'd look for painter's drop cloth plastic anyway ...). In the meantime, if anyone has actual e...

In GEAR » groundcloth
August 27, 12:25pm

stick with everclear
Thanks, Brett --- the one semi "ultralight" way to imbibe on the trail for me is to bring a small amount of everclear, mix as desired with water (1:7 ratio for me) and add flavoring of ch...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dehydrated Wine from Katadyn????
August 27, 12:09pm

My fav 3
As others have, I find it hard to limit to three, but I'll try, with the caveat that of course Doug is right about the power of the internet and the generosity of strangers in sharing their ide...

In GEAR » You Tell Me...What is the Best Gear Ever???
August 23, 6:41pm

Polycro wear
"I have also used Gossamergear's Polycryo ground cloth which is light, waterproof but wears out too fast." My experience has been different. I used polycro on the PCT last year; s...

In GEAR » groundcloth
August 23, 6:23pm

not switching out gear
"I don't really want to switch out gear. I'll have my insulative gear in the desert. There's just something about using 1 pack for the entire PCT that makes me warm and fuzzy insid...

In Gear Lists » PCT/JMT List
August 18, 7:48am

Re: Heat Reflector under alcohol stove
I guess you could answer this with a little testing at home with your particular stove and pot setup. I used to use a little aluminum foil reflector and lost it at some point, haven't noticed...

In GEAR » Heat Reflector under alcohol stove
August 16, 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