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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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CountryUSA
My PDF Gear ListBrian Lewis (Gadget) AT NOBO 2010 Gearlist --- late Feb start

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All Forum Posts by Brian Lewis

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leave the stove home?
Since you mentioned that you're looking for "other options" --- for short-to-moderate trips and certainly for situations where fire or fire regulations are an issue I like to just eat...

In GEAR » Need suggestions for lighter stove
April 18, 9:57am

mental stamina/grit
I think one of the toughest things about their trip was likely just getting tired of being in the cold all the time. In a normal thru-hike you can have times, sometimes quite extended times of col...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trauma & Pepper finish their winter-thru of the PCT
March 06, 8:01am

Or don't carry it ...
My approach some time back was to stop carrying it, and I haven't missed it. Can be messy, can go 'bad', somewhat of a hassle for resupply in general, and I've seen situations where...

In GEAR » Carrying Olive Oil
March 01, 5:34pm

Axe, crampons
I've got a black diamond raven --- it's pretty heavy. Fine if you're doing real mountaineering. On the PCT I had a "sort of" axe with carbon fiber handle; quite light for so...

In Gear Lists » Help me lighten up for the CDT
March 01, 10:20am

Overall solid list
This list looks pretty good to me overall, but as an earlier poster mentioned, the weight is seriously impacted by adding in crampons and ice axe. What sort of crampons? What axe? You say you p...

In Gear Lists » Help me lighten up for the CDT
February 28, 7:55pm

Aqua Mira is great
The drops are an inexpensive and overall excellent approach. In my experience, few people taste aqua mira drops after treatment (I don't). I suspect that at least some of those who do have so...

In Philosophy & Technique » Water Treatment
February 24, 9:55am

wear
My cuben drybag for my sleeping bag literally wore out, near the top where I held on to it when stuffing the bag. I just threw it out yesterday in favor of a slightly heavier "ultralight dryb...

In GEAR » suitable use for a cuben bivy
February 24, 9:30am

no single right answer
I have both Gaia GPS and Backcountry Navigator on my Galaxy S5, and both work. I tend to use BCN as I'm more used to it now. One issue that I think impacts all such software is how Android ...

In GEAR » What's the best GPS hiking app for my Galaxy S5? BackCountry Navigator TOPO GPS?
September 14, 6:36pm

A hot-button topic for me
I've put a lot of miles on a lot of gear, and this is a hot-button topic for me. I'm reasonably careful with my gear and get a lot of miles on "light" gear, but for any light gea...

In GEAR » Failing #3 Zippers?
September 12, 10:38am

Instead of nail clippers
I don't carry nail clippers on hiking trips, but I've trimmed nails on longer trips, including toenails. If you keep an eye out on standard long distance routes, sometimes a hiker box will...

In Philosophy & Technique » Technique: Trimming Toenails Mid Hike?
May 07, 8:39am

All Reader Reviews by Brian Lewis

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FlexAir Pillow Dual Compartment Ultralight
I used one of these pillows on a 100 mile section of the PCT a year and a half ago and ended up throwing it away part way through at a campground garbage can. It was great for a while (comfortable en...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 14, 5:35pm

National Geographic TOPO! Outdoor Recreation Mapping Software - California
I've had Topo! products for years, starting with version 2.x, and most recently buying the California state set upgrading me to version 4.x. One of the (10) CD's has a flaw such that one fi...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
March 14, 5:22pm