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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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Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo
I used the new Lunar Solo(E), the Enhanced version, this past summer on my Colorado Trail through-hike. I was extremely happy with it in a mix of hot dry buggy weather early on with extended cold rai...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
February 20, 12:40pm

LEKI Super Makalu Cor-tec P.A.
I commented on these in a different review of the Black Diamond Contours. I was very pleased with these poles. They held up to the substantial abuse I tend to place on trekking poles. I never broke...

In Trekking Poles
February 20, 12:24pm

Black Diamond Contour Trekking Poles
I am a bruiser when it comes to trekking poles. Over the last 8 years since I began using them, I have broken 11 sections of 3 different pairs of trekking poles (yes, for those of you doing the math,...

In Trekking Poles
February 20, 12:10pm

Integral Designs eVENT Shortie Gaiters
I am known as a "gaiter zealot" by friends. Perhaps this is the NOLS instructor coming out in me, but I wear short gaiters on the mulched trails of local city parks. So I was very exci...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
February 19, 1:53pm