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Shawn Basil (Bearpaw) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me Eagle Scout, Philmont Ranger, Marine Corps Arctic/Mountain training (Norway deployments), Appalachian Trail Through-hiker ('99), NOLS Instructor ('01-'03), Trail Crew Leader (Cumberland Trail Conference, '00-'05), Pack and Bootfitter (REI, '01-'06), Colorado Trail Through-hiker ('06)
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All Forum Posts by Shawn Basil

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Practical Backpacking: Does anyone use it?
It's like any backpacking site in that it has its own personality. However, the personality is primarily Reality's, the administrator's. I've had decent experiences there, and c...

In Chaff » Practical Backpacking: Does anyone use it?
December 08, 11:35am

Yes, it's possible, but...
It's MUCH more possible if you go south bound, in my opinion. Typically, southbonders tend to finish more quickly for one thing. There's no definitive evidence (though Johnny Swank is...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » $10 a day/$300 month thru hike
December 08, 11:26am

Boot Fitting vs Sizing
If you are lucky, you can consult an experienced bootfitter. A good one will measure both feet, both seated and standing with a Brannock Device. This allows the bootfitter to determine your natur...

In GEAR » Boot Sizing
November 24, 12:17pm

Bushcraft vs UL backpacking
Brian, You pretty much hit upon what I alluded to in my earlier post. There is a difference in philosophies between the "extremes" of the two groups mentioned, so there can be conside...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Preparedness view of ultralight?
November 12, 8:29pm

When bed clothes are NOT a good idea.
There is one situation where you would NOT want to wear even dry clothing to sleep. If your bulky clothing puts pressure on the inside of your sleeping bag and collapses the down, you've jus...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping Clothes?
November 05, 2:13pm

judging distance
I rely on my map, a blank piece of paper, and a pencil. I then measure my route on straight line segments, making a tick mark then turning the paper to align with the next straight segment. When ...

In Philosophy & Technique » judging distance
November 05, 2:07pm

Re: Re: Preparedness view of ultralight?
"Bah. They're just living in another paradigm. Half of them are hunters anyway." This strikes me as at least as much of a stereotype as anything the folks at ETS have said. They s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Preparedness view of ultralight?
November 02, 9:25pm

SPAM review in reader reviews
Thank you. Hopefully this will prevent others from doing the same to reviews in the future.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » SPAM review in reader reviews
October 31, 2:17pm

SPAM review in reader reviews
"Blaquart Antoine", username of blakos33 showed up on The Lightweight Backpacker today spamming for Ticket To The Moon Hammocks. I just noticed he has done something more egregious here ...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » SPAM review in reader reviews
October 29, 9:00pm

Off days & thrus
If you have a set day each week, it can be difficult, but it IS doable. The AT would be MUCH easier to achieve this sort of schedule since there are more town stops. Circuit Rider, a minister I k...

In Philosophy & Technique » Off days & Thru's
October 16, 2:16pm

All Reader Reviews by Shawn Basil

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Gregory Z-55
After loving my old Gregory Z-Pack, I had high hopes for the beautifully ventilated Z-55. As a southeastern hiker, I usually head west to high cool mountains when summer heat and humidity begin to ba...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 03, 11:25am

ULA Catalyst
I've owned 14 packs in the last 8 years and the ULA Catalyst is the best pack of the lot. I've used in Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau and Great Smoky Mountains, Nevada's Tahoe Rim Tra...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 01, 9:23pm

Princeton Tec EOS
For years I used my Tikka and Tikka Plus, exuberantly satisfied with the compact, lightweight, and long-lasting nature of their light. But at times, I found that when I really needed extra light, suc...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
February 24, 3:53pm

Probar Energy Bar
When I first tried a Probar, I though I had finally found the "perfect trail bar" to challenge the venerable Bear Valley Pemmican Bar. It packs smaller, weighs slightly less, performs just ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 23, 5:13pm

Bear Valley Mealpack Bars
Bear Valley Meal Pack and Pemmican Bars are, without a doubt, one of the most efficient foods a backpacker can hope to carry. Since I first encountered them as a scout at Philmont 22 years ago, they ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
February 23, 4:55pm

GoLite Phantom Jacket
This was my jacket during my Colorado Trail through-hike this past summer. It's breathability is better than most, and its ventilation is superb. I hiked many miles over two weeks through monsoo...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 21, 1:55pm

Arc'Teryx Sirrus Jacket
This jacket, made in 2002 and 2003 used a combination of XCR Goretex with Paclite fabric, a combination I have not seen in other jackets. The breathability is, to put it mildly, superb. The material...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 21, 1:44pm

Mountainsmith Ghost
For warm weather in areas where I don't need to carry large amounts of water, this is my favorite pack. I use the original blue 2002 version. The pack is a dream for my longer torso. For those ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 21, 1:36pm

Gregory Z-Pack
I love my old, but tough 2004 Z-pack. It served me well for over 1000 miles and is still in good overall shape. My size large weighs in at exactly 3 pounds (after trimming off nearly 4 ounces of unn...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 21, 1:23pm

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
I first read The Complete Walker III in 1997. I'd been backpacking recreationally for 15 years, but still learned a tremendous amount and appreciated the well-written prose and humor in the book....

In Books and Media
February 21, 10:27am