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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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REI Spruce Run Jacket
It certainly is not the lightest jacket at 15 ounces for a men's large, but the REI Spruce Run is certainly a good price through Sunday the 14th. At just under $100 on sale, it is a very warm,...

In GEAR » Decent synthetic jacket ... price vs. weight
October 12, 11:26am

Re: B.S. in Adventure...
My experience is that people who say "Money is the root of all evil" have never been poor. There is NOTHING wrong with a job you appreciate that makes good money. Unfortunately there ar...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » B.S. in Adventure...
October 05, 7:08pm

Re: Bear Cannisters: How to carry them
I use a ULA Catalyst which is cut wide enough at the top to lay the cannister in horizontally rather than vertically. To me, it was one of the better selling points of the pack, since it meant I d...

In GEAR » Bear Cannisters: How to carry them
October 01, 2:43pm

I would not recommend the CDT if this is the first truly long hike you're looking at. The level of wilderness skill required for it is much more stringent than the other two. The access to re...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » AT, CDT or PCT?
October 01, 11:42am

Gear failure on the AT
My AT thru-hike was 8 years ago, but I still sense certain themes. Filters: a pain on a long-distance hike. I went through 4 cartridges in 5 1/2 months. Poles: I annihilated two pairs, one...

In GEAR » Gear failure on the AT
September 30, 7:43pm

Bag for AT thru-hike
More than likely, you will be ok with down, though you will need to be prudent. The southern AT in late winter/early spring offers a damp cold which over the course of several days can basically s...

In GEAR » Bag for AT thru-hike
September 26, 2:58pm

Bag for AT thru-hike
"No definite start date though, could be anywhere from mid Feb to first of April." I'm going to come right out and say it. You'll want a warmer bag if you start in this time f...

In GEAR » Bag for AT thru-hike
September 26, 11:42am

"UL" at REI
Sure Pizza, The best I can say is don't get too excited. The line is actually almost two years old, though it is improved and updated frequently. To call this line "Ultralight"...

In Editor's Roundtable » REI Cruise UL 60 Backpack REVIEW
September 26, 7:01am

East Coast wilderness hiking
Actually, the 100-Mile "Wilderness" is crossed by logging roads every 20 miles or so, and there are two resupply options. One is to have a drop made about half way through, run through...

In Post-Trip Reports » East Coast wilderness hiking
September 24, 6:42am

Missing hiker wouldn't drink untreated water
She HAD to have drunk water at some point, or she would have died. At best, sitting in a cool place, with basically no activity, a human will only live about 3 days without water. She didn't ...

In GEAR » Missing hiker wouldn't drink untreated water
September 22, 12:33pm

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