Meet Joel: Backpacker, Researcher, Reviewer of the Month

7:00 a.m. on March 31, 2017 (EDT)
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Congratulations to Joel in Georgia, a backpacker, father, market researcher, and our Reviewer of the Month! He wins a 10 Essentials prize pack worth $350+ for his contributions.

Full article at http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2017/03/31/reviewer-of-the-month-jringeorgia.html

7:17 a.m. on March 31, 2017 (EDT)
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Congrats Joel - well deserved!

7:18 a.m. on March 31, 2017 (EDT)
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PS. I remember well when Who Shot JR was the question of the day...and happened to live in Atlanta at that time too...small world.

12:50 p.m. on March 31, 2017 (EDT)
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Congratulations!

As a kidney stone sufferer, I can tell you one of my scariest thoughts is being out on the trail or deep in a cave and have a kidney stone. I'm impressed with your fortitude to keep going (of course, what's the alternative?).

1:14 p.m. on March 31, 2017 (EDT)
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Congrats JR, thanks for the interview, enjoyed it!

7:52 p.m. on March 31, 2017 (EDT)
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Thanks everyone for the kind words!

G00SE said:

As a kidney stone sufferer...I'm impressed with your fortitude to keep going (of course, what's the alternative?).

 Exactly. If this had happened at home there's no way I could have found the resolve to push through what I did. But all alone 10 miles from help, something 'clicked' in my brain to push the immediate suffering to the far corners of my mind. When at some level you realize you're in an actual survival situation I guess adrenaline and the lizard brain kick in and you focus on only one thing...avoiding that "alternative."

10:11 p.m. on March 31, 2017 (EDT)
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Congratulations JR sorry about you kidney stones had those myself. Keep at it man you will find away to lose that 1.75

11:17 p.m. on March 31, 2017 (EDT)
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Congratulations Joel and loved you're shot of the Domes of Mount Starr King.

9:31 a.m. on April 1, 2017 (EDT)
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Congrats and thank you for the reviews...

10:54 a.m. on April 9, 2017 (EDT)
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Congratulations JR!

3:53 a.m. on May 13, 2017 (EDT)
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Good kidney stone story!

8:23 a.m. on May 13, 2017 (EDT)
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Totally agree about umbrellas in the BC.  It is a totally optional piece of gear, yet only my boots see more hours of use, such is its utility.  It is like hiking in the shade of a mobile porch.  I also use it to enhance trad rain gear effectiveness, allowing me to unhood, unzip and obtain far better ventilation.  Alas carrying a pack in rain will earn you sweat or wet no matter the measures taken.  I also use the umbrella to facilitate dry entry/exist of my shelter.  As a stove wind screen.. ..I can envision so many scenarios when my friends or I end up torching the parasol with the stove!  But it does a fair job as a photographer's dish reflector when hyperextended.

As for stones in the BC - you got True Grit, pilgrim!

Ed 

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