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

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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

For hot conditions specifically ...
I think that regional pack weight differences are about more than just water and bear canisters --- which sleeping bag, which shelter, what mix of clothing, etc. For the specific issue that the ...

April 30, 10:26am

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

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