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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.
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All Forum Posts by Brian Lewis

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still --- bible belt?
Still, it seems like the right marketing oriented group could get something going in the Bible belt (with some associated more worldly attractions like whiskey distilleries and lots of barbecue), a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking and wild camping in Europe: Legal aspects
March 10, 10:49am

Great Stuff
Great stuff, Christine --- thanks! I was all set to try to talk my wife into hiking some decent chunk of Germany until I noticed your comment about ticks (meningitis + lyme). She joined me on ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking and wild camping in Europe: Legal aspects
March 09, 11:00am

Re: Etrex
Yup, in fact I just bought myself an Etrex 20. After my last trip with a heavier and more full featured (DeLorme) GPS I sold the unit, thinking that in future I would be content with the GPS on my...

In GEAR » Light GPS?
March 09, 10:42am

Other options?
Thanks for that; walking through parts of Europe certainly appeals to me so I appreciate the data. To occasionally augment or break up not-so-stealth stealth camping, what other overnight options ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking and wild camping in Europe: Legal aspects
March 08, 9:46am

Guess I was lucky
My wife sort of self-converted, or rather, she drinks at least some of the kool-aid now. On a couple of my longer trips, she opted to train hard and join me on sections of the trail --- three diff...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Converting my wife
March 08, 1:28am

didn't answer the question?
Re-reading the question, perhaps I was misunderstanding. When you ask for a "good list", are you instead perhaps asking what sort of foods to buy at more limited stores (gas station mini...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » AT Resupply Options
March 06, 10:09am

Just wing it
IMO, a good way to resupply on the AT is to just wing it. Few or no resupply boxes. I had five when hiking in 2010, and that was about right, but two of those were gear swaps (colder to warmer/li...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » AT Resupply Options
March 06, 10:06am

Where is the PCT list?
The intro paragraph says "My pack weight was pretty heavy and I have since updated my entire gear list for my upcoming PCT Thru Hike!" But the heavy list is what's given. Since ...

In Gear Lists » Long Trail Thru Hike Gear List (heavy) needs to be updated for PCT Thru (light!)
March 06, 9:58am

Mid-March AT start
I'm hiking for about a month on the AT, starting just a few days before you, so I'm mentally dialed into this a bit now. Overall a great list IMO. And your "winter" baseweight...

In Gear Lists » AT NOBO gear list
March 05, 10:07am

Feedback
I hiked SOBO in 2011; each year and direction and certainly path choices are different, but ... Your choices seem like very intelligent ones to me. A 14 oz down jacket seems heavy; yes, the...

In Gear Lists » CDT gear lists
March 04, 11:58am

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