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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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StateTennessee
CountryUSA
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All Forum Posts by Shawn Basil

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Shelters and mice..
Johnathan, sorry I missed your earlier post. Better late than neve I hope. Since GSMNP has removed the old chain-link fences, extended the front "porch" are with long roofs and created ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Mt. LeConte Loop, GSMNP
August 23, 4:11pm

Thanks all....
Some of this got started on The Lightweight Backpacker forums with a post on whether a hiker getting into his first cannister stove should buy a Snow Peak GigaPower or a JetBoil for a late fall (No...

In GEAR » Safety of heat exchangers on cannister stoves.
August 22, 10:50pm

Thanks for the links on TLB
I understand the concern on melting nylon gear. I was concerned about a piece of copper tubing that hot also causing a rupture with the canister, as you mentioned at the connection point. The...

In GEAR » Safety of heat exchangers on cannister stoves.
August 22, 2:44pm

Are Heat Exchangers SAFE on Canister Stoves?
Yes, I'd appreciate pictures, but I'd also like some more input from third parties on the safety of the practice, which seems to fly in the face of every recommendation from the manufacture...

In GEAR » Safety of heat exchangers on cannister stoves.
August 22, 10:49am

If you're metric, use metric.
Tony, those of us who think in US units KNOW what we mean when we say ounce and YES we're going to say "ounce" instead of "US fluid ounce" as readily as we're going to s...

In Chaff » Should BPL go metric?
August 21, 8:14pm

Safety of heat exchangers on cannister stoves.
I have a question for those who have used heat exchangers on cannister stoves during cold weather. I have no experience with them, but the technique sounds like it should post a major explosion ri...

In GEAR » Safety of heat exchangers on cannister stoves.
August 21, 6:00pm

Big Sky shelters --- who has ordered? who got their's?
You ask if folks have gotten their tents. Some have. It looks like many who have ordered in the last 3-6 months HAVE gotten theirs, while many others who ordered a year ago have not. Of course...

In GEAR » Big Sky shelters --- who has ordered? who got their's?
August 19, 10:33am

What career allows for time to hike?
Teaching rarely gives three months off in the summer. It's usually about 9 weeks. However, you DO get about three months off over the course of the year, when you add in Christmas and Spring ...

In Chaff » What career allows for time to hike? Help!
August 16, 4:39pm

What is everyone using for Trekking Poles?
They're on the heavier side, but I swear by my Black Diamond Flick Locks, specifically the Contour and Spire Poles. At 19 and 20 ounces per pair respectively, they add a bit of weight, but...

In GEAR » What is everyone using for Trekking Poles?
August 15, 4:49pm

Why so many used Tarptents?
About the only non-positive aspect of the two single wall tents I've used (a Six Moon Designs Europa and Lunar Solo) is that in cool humid conditions, you can get quite a bit of condensation. ...

In GEAR » Why so many used Tarptents?
August 15, 4:41pm

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