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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: Beginner needs gear list advice for solo PCT section hike
One other somewhat random thought, based on this comment: "Hopefully I will have gained some much needed experience with multiple overnighters between now and then." I'm leading a...

In Gear Lists » Beginner needs gear list advice on solo PCT section hike
June 07, 1:01pm

Re: Beginner needs gear list advice for solo PCT section hike
It is indeed a pretty well-walked 75 miles. Navigation shouldn't be too bad, but any trail offers opportunities to go the wrong way, so I hope you have some land navigation (map, compass) expe...

In Gear Lists » Beginner needs gear list advice on solo PCT section hike
June 07, 12:49pm

Re: Boil in Bag
Second that on Sarbar's book, plus she's got a new book coming out, hopefully soon. In addition you can probably find some other recipes that are adaptable to this easy form of prepara...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Boil in Bag
May 30, 1:03pm

VVR and MTR?
I did MTR rather than VVR last year; I heard a lot of good things about VVR, and if/when doing it again I'll go there to try it out. I picked MTR because it took a lot less time ... leave the ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Shipping Food to the JMT
May 20, 12:18pm

Re: Thru-Hikes + Food Allergies = Conundrum
Per previous posts, you'll want to mail more packages than the average thru-hiker; it's do-able, but more important for you to have a reliable person at home doing your logistics, mailing t...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Thru-Hikes + Food Allergies = Conundrum
May 19, 11:51pm

Re: Do hiking poles build upper body muscle?
I thru-hiked the PCT last year and used trekking poles always. About a month into the trip I looked in the mirror after taking a shower in a motel room and was a bit shocked at how scrawny my uppe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Do hiking poles build upper body muscle?
May 18, 10:48am

Re: Poncho/Bivy in the sierra's?
If indeed the bivy isn't breathable, one issue you might have to deal with is insects, depending on exactly when you're there --- if the bivy isn't a credible place to spend your time t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Poncho/Bivy in the sierra's?
May 18, 10:38am

Re: PCT or AT first?
"The PCT is completely doable as a first thru-hike." Agreed. The PCT is the only long hike I've done; I live in the West so it was a natural for me, but it was the one I really wa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PCT or AT first?
April 30, 11:31am

GPS, food
"Any GPS recommendations?" If you get one with pre-loaded maps, check out the scale --- a friend doing the CDT this year got the Garmin Colorado and it has preloaded maps, but at 1:100...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » pct southbound 2009
April 30, 11:24am

perhaps add insole to mesh shoes
Chris mentioned the Sprint Nylon Mesh Shoes; I've not been using these for a while in favor of just no camp shoes, but my foot doctor put me in heavy hiking boots for a month ("think of it...

In Multiple Use Gear » Camp shoes
April 30, 11:17am

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