Brian Lewis

Long distance backpacking is my "thing". I've thru-hiked the big three trails in the U.S. and my sweet spot now is 4 - 6 week trips, "chunk" hiking my way through other trails.

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Why Shakedown Hikes Are So Important for New Backpackers

Why Shakedown Hikes Are So Important for New Backpackers

A good shakedown hike can make a big difference in how well prepared you are for a thru-hike. But just how should you go about it and what should you expect out of it?

May 30, 2024 : Brian Lewis
Initial Impressions of the Lightheart Duo Tent

Initial Impressions of the Lightheart Duo Tent

I just bought a Lightheart Gear Duo tent, got it in the mail yesterday and set it up in my backyard for the first time this morning.  Here’s a link

Aug 17, 2017 : Brian Lewis
How to Get Your Gear Where You’re Going

How to Get Your Gear Where You’re Going

Going on your first “well away from home” backpacking trip? Read on for strategies to get your precious gear to the trailhead safe and sound.

Feb 7, 2017 : Brian Lewis
Beware the Failing Zipper

Beware the Failing Zipper

I periodically have closure issues.   Not of the type where you’re trying to resolve an ambiguous situation, I’m talking about the very unambiguous

Dec 27, 2015 : Brian Lewis
Hiking El Camino de Santiago Blog: Summary

Hiking El Camino de Santiago Blog: Summary

Average: 17.3 miles per dayAlong with my friends Lucky and Milky, I started the Camino from St. Jean Pied de Port on September 25th, and got to

Nov 11, 2015 : Brian Lewis
Done. and Done.

Done. and Done.

Another rainy day where we mostly dodged the bullet, i.e., we got rained on some, but enjoyed a great deal of hiking time without rain.The full

Oct 28, 2015 : Brian Lewis
March to the Sea

March to the Sea

As planned, we got a typically early start this morning, desiring to walk more miles in good weather today, anticipating wet weather to come (soon).

Oct 26, 2015 : Brian Lewis
Santiago, and Beyond

Santiago, and Beyond

Friday, October 23rd was another of those "great day where nothing especially remarkable happened" type of days.Started hiking again under the

Oct 24, 2015 : Brian Lewis
Counting Down the Kilometres

Counting Down the Kilometres

After I uploaded my last blog post, Lynda checked into our Albergue, having hiked 40 km. She's run short on time, and so took a bus this day to be

Oct 23, 2015 : Brian Lewis
Into Galicia

Into Galicia

We slept the previous night in an upscale Albergue in the town of Ambasmestas - - - still bunk beds, up to 6 to a room (we were 4 with a French

Oct 20, 2015 : Brian Lewis