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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: 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

Re: Castle Crags - Cascade Locks Section Hike Gear List
I hiked through there last year at around that time of year, and my biases pretty much match with those of Gary Boyd, i.e., I like a poncho, I in fact myself use a Montbell Thermawrap as my only wa...

In Gear Lists » Castle Crags - Cascade Locks Section Hike Gear List
June 29, 11:33am

Yup, I only switch back to injinji's when I'm for-whatever-reason temporarily having smaller-toe overlap problems. This seems to come and go, and I ditch the Injinji's when the problem...

In GEAR » Injinji fans
June 29, 11:08am

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

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