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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.
http://postholer.com/brianle
CityBellevue
StateWA
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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add on hood
"Wonder if anyone sells an add-on hood - above and beyond a down balaclava." Richie, I know that Jacks R Better do, and I think there's at least one other source, don't recall....

In GEAR » New Western Mountaineering bag
May 24, 10:57am

wide shoes indeed
I agree with Dena, wide toe box shoes are your friend. I've had bunionettes (little toe side bunions) for some years now, found out about them in training for my first long distance hike. I...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Foot shape getting wierd with Tailors bunion? Advice going into mtn hiking season - temporary or permanent?
May 23, 3:08pm

Duct Tape
"A quick and dirty solution would be to put a couple strips of good duct tape or Gorilla Tape on the areas that wear. Easy to remove if it doesn't work, and easy to replace when it wears o...

In GEAR » Best lightweight rain jacket (sub 8-9 oz): Montbell Versalite, OR Helium II, Marmot Mica & Essence, MH Superlight Plasmic or other?
May 09, 8:10pm

on-trail/off-trail hybrid?
My experience with birthdays on the trail is with long distance hikers. What seems ideal there is to wait for the next trail town and chip in to buy them a pizza (a large, just for the birthday bo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trail Birthdays. How do you celebrate?
May 09, 7:54pm

Base camp?
Jon, for your Iceland trip, it very much depends on the overall logistics of the thing, but what you describe sounds like a base camping strategy might be nice. I.e., perhaps go a little heavier o...

In Philosophy & Technique » Better techniques or skills for the rain?
May 09, 7:48pm

durability
Thanks for the details on the Zpacks coat. I've had an OR Helium and now a Helium II (OR actually replaced my Helium for free with a Helium II when lots of use wore out the zipper, so cudos ...

In GEAR » Best lightweight rain jacket (sub 8-9 oz): Montbell Versalite, OR Helium II, Marmot Mica & Essence, MH Superlight Plasmic or other?
May 08, 8:55am

Shift expectations
I live in the PNW (Pacific NW), so hiking wet is something it's best to get used to. I think having the right set of expectations and mental model is key. When it's raining and/or cold-...

In Philosophy & Technique » Better techniques or skills for the rain?
May 08, 8:41am

Zpacks not durable?
Thanks for your comments, Gary. When you say that the Zpacks jacket isn't durable, could you please expand on that a little? Does the zipper go out, or does the fabric on the upper shoulders ...

In GEAR » Best lightweight rain jacket (sub 8-9 oz): Montbell Versalite, OR Helium II, Marmot Mica & Essence, MH Superlight Plasmic or other?
May 06, 9:16am

Or a longer rain jacket?
I doubt that many people have more than one manufactured rain skirt, so difficult for anyone to do an in-person comparison. I've got the zpacks cuben, an older one I think, and I like it well ...

In GEAR » Advice on picking a rain kilt/skirt
April 28, 8:31am

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

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