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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: GoLite Versa Force shoe mens 10/10.5
Hi Carol. Unfortunately the wrong size for me, but I'm highly interested in your comment about them having "more of a running shoe heel". I too love Sun Dragons, hiked the whole PCT...

In Gear Swap » GoLite Versa Force shoe mens 10/10.5
August 06, 9:14pm

general discussion about stove fuels
Have a look at I sometimes carry everclear as some or all of my planned stove fuel, with the idea of also making a nice mixed drink on the last day or two (1:7 eve...

In GEAR » alcohol stove
August 05, 1:59pm

Re: My General 3 Season Gear List
Agreed on replacing the fleece. Do you really need rainpants? For myself I find that unless it's quite cold and windy, I'm better off without them when walking because with them on I ge...

In Gear Lists » My General 3 Season Gear List
August 01, 1:17pm

Re: "ULers Carrying an Extra 20-40 lbs - WHY?!"
I had the privilege of meeting and talking for a while with two trail legends on the PCT last year, Scott Williamson ("Yo Yo") and Tatoo Joe. Scott looks --- and is --- the sort of poste...

In Philosophy & Technique » ULers Carrying an Extra 20-40 lbs - WHY?!
July 30, 10:23pm

Re: Shelter for triple crown
I did the PCT last year, am considering AT or CDT next year (?). I used a Contrail for almost 2000 miles of the PCT; no tent at all for the first 700 miles, just a very light bivy and...

In GEAR » Gossamer Vs Tarptent (You Pick?)
July 30, 10:10pm

Re: Portraits of PCT thru hikers, book idea
Jack H. beat me to it. Most would stop, I'd say the vast majority so long as it's not a particular situation where, for example, it's a long way between water or they're close to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Portraits of PCT thru hikers, book idea
July 29, 4:02pm

Re: We have our permit! Tarp for Wonderland?
Each to their own, but my only concern about a tarp wouldn't be rodents walking on me, but insects. Perhaps by the time of your August dates bugs will be low enough that a tarp is a fine optio...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wonderland Trail
July 11, 3:04pm

Re: Vermillion off Trail
MTR and VVR are substantially different experiences; I personally have only experienced MTR, but talked to a lot of folks that went to VVR. I was at MTR in June before it was open for guests, bu...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Shipping Food to the JMT
July 11, 2:57pm

Re: rain pants...are you leaving them home?
ULA Rain Wrap seems like a good idea to me; I use a poncho, which when loosely ~belted at the waist is in effect a raincoat with ventilation mated to a rain skirt. I think it somewhat depends on...

In GEAR » rain pants...are you leaving them home?
July 07, 1:41pm

I have the golite poncho tarp and have used it quite a bit as a poncho, a couple times as a tarp. Didn't seam seal it and haven't noticed any problem as a result.

In GEAR » GoLite Poncho/Tarp - seam sealing not necessary
July 01, 11:34am

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