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Shawn Basil (Bearpaw) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Southeast
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)
CityNashville
StateTennessee
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=6275

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All Forum Posts by Shawn Basil

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Personality Profile
I always score solid I's and J's. However, I can score out as an INTJ or ISFJ since I'm usually within 10% of going either way whenever I take this test. It all depends on my mood on ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch)
December 27, 12:45pm

AT Speed Record Attempt
There is a strong chance Karl Meltzer will be back to attempt the record again within the next year or two, this time with firsthand experience on how to maximize mileage. A start without massiv...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » AT Speed Record Attempt
October 09, 5:33pm

AT Section Hike GSMNP (Newfound Gap - Davenport Gap) 8/29 - 8/31
That is one of my favorite hikes. I've done it many times. It is truly beautiful every time.

In Post-Trip Reports » AT Section Hike GSMNP (Newfound Gap - Davenport Gap) 8/29 - 8/31
September 06, 3:55pm

60ish mile Smoky Mountain Loop July 4-7
Wow, I'm not sure how I missed this post. Great trip report. I was on the other side of the park at this same time (July 1-6) with my wife, finishing the AT from Clingman's to Davenport/B...

In Post-Trip Reports » 60ish mile Smoky Mountain Loop July 4-7
August 10, 9:08am

SPOT giving very poor performance in AT record attempt
Those who are following Karl Meltzer's record attempt for a supported AT thru-hike (http://www.whereskarl.com/) can only be underwhelmed by the performance of the SPOT satellite messenger syste...

In GEAR » SPOT giving very poor performance in AT record attempt
August 09, 10:47am

110 miles of PCT though Yosemite and Carson/Iceburg
Excellent report, especially the pictures. Thanks.

In Post-Trip Reports » 110 miles of PCT though Yosemite and Carson/Iceburg
July 25, 6:51pm

Savage Gulf (Tennessee) July 18-19, 2008
It will likely be September before my next report. The heat here is getting fairly nasty. We might do one short overnight at Longhunter State Park, on the southeast side of Nashville. Pretty muc...

In Post-Trip Reports » Savage Gulf (Tennessee) July 18-19, 2008
July 21, 6:37pm

Savage Gulf (Tennessee) July 18-19, 2008
Sleeps With Skunks and I headed out Friday morning for three days at Savage Gulf State Natural Area. We intended to hike a 22 mile loop out to Hobbs Cabin, then down into the Gulf, with a second n...

In Post-Trip Reports » Savage Gulf (Tennessee) July 18-19, 2008
July 21, 11:49am

GSMNP Northern AT, July 1-6, 2008
I don't know any details about the Mt. Collins bears (there are supposedly 2), but we encountered rangers with a dart rifle heading there the morning as we left. Typically they try to move pro...

In Post-Trip Reports » GSMNP Northern AT, July 1-6, 2008
July 11, 11:55am

John Muir Trail (Tennessee), July 7-9, 2008
The John Muir Trail of Tennessee is broken into two segments. The eastern portion is a 20-mile stretch just south of the Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness. The portion in this trip report is the 40-mil...

In Post-Trip Reports » John Muir Trail (Tennessee), July 7-9, 2008
July 10, 11:55pm

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