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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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Swiss Army Minichamp
It's true that the swiss army knife approach often leaves you carrying various weird tools that you don't or only rarely use, but I nevertheless carry a Swiss Army Minichamp II, http://www...

In GEAR » UL Trail knife
April 30, 1:25pm

Re: re:Care & Feeding of a ULA Helix Ice Axe
A follow-up to my earlier comment about covering the pick and adze of the Helix in a pretty U.L. manner --- for carrying the axe on a delicate backpack, etc. I wrote previously: "a friend s...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Care & Feeding of a ULA Helix Ice Axe
April 27, 1:03pm

And I bought the Sun Dragons ...
I've been closely following this thread and was torn between trying the Golite Sun Dragons and the Montrail Vitesse. I went with the Sun Dragons. I've not put many miles on them yet (just...

In GEAR » looking for good, light trailrunners
April 26, 12:56pm

Mist overmitts
I have the Mist overmitts. The weight was pretty much dead on as advertised. I cut off the little connector plastic pieces at the wrists, and in size medium my pair now weighs 31 grams, or 1.1 oz...

In GEAR » Ultralight Rain Mitt - Any suggestions?
April 24, 1:20pm

Unsupported how exactly?
And here I always thought it referred to hiking without underwear ... (oops, sorry that one's been done ...) Seriously, my unthinking assumption was that it means you're continuously awa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What does "unsupported" stand for to you?
April 22, 2:20pm

Pentax Optio M20
I'm hoping to thru-hike the PCT in 2008, and just went through this thought process. I like my Kodak V570 a lot because of the built-in wide angle lense and on-camera stitching software, but I...

In Photography » lightest digital that takes AA batteries
April 19, 12:10pm

limited self-arrest testing
I recently bought the shortest ULA Helix, the 55 cm. I took it up to a fairly steep-yet-safe slope and threw myself down the slope a couple of times to test my ability to self-arrest. Due to th...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Care & Feeding of a ULA Helix Ice Axe
April 18, 12:12pm

Total time?
What kind of pace, total time are you thinking of? Not sure if I'm up to a class 4 --- I assume you're thinking of free climb/scramble, not any sort of rope+belay approach. Crampons ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Pasayten Wilderness scrambles
April 15, 1:43pm

poles, but carry 'em on the flats
I'm with the majority in having switched last year to be a two-stick hiker. But when the trail is pretty good and relatively flat, I really enjoy just carrying them both in one hand --- swingi...

In Philosophy & Technique » SUL packs & trek pole usefulness?
April 09, 1:22am

wait how long with AM?
No expert I on these issues, but when possible I like to tank up on water at the last water source I anticipate before I find my campsite. Then at least the water I drink later in the evening, dur...

In Philosophy & Technique » lightweight techniques for H20 filtration
April 06, 11:08am

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