Bill S

Reviewer of the Month: May 2012

4,245 reviewer rep
5,948 forum posts
joined Mar 14, 2001

Full Name: private
Occupation: retired, volunteer for youth, environmental, and professional organizations
Email: private

Gear Reviews (47)

user rating: 5 of 5 La Sportiva Men's Otaki 11/13/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 National Geographic John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide 10/28/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 BioLite PowerLight Mini 6/27/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Columbia Men's Pilsner Peak Pant 5/29/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Cascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock Carbon Fiber Cork Grip Trekking Poles 4/25/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Western Mountaineering Antelope MF 12/20/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 La Sportiva TX4 11/02/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 Montane Prism Bootie 9/12/2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Backpacker's Pantry Granola with Bananas & Milk 6/22/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 Big Agnes Insulated Double Z 6/20/2015

Forum Posts (5948)

Re: Here Are Some Suggestion For Getting Skiwear June 27, 2017
Re: Cyling Apparel-Looking Good Feeling Good Riding Good June 27, 2017
Re: Cycling Apparel Cube Jacket Cube Shorts And Cube Underwear Sale Online June 27, 2017
Re: Thoughts / experiences with non-breathable rain gear in the backcountry? June 23, 2017
Re: Do I really need a climbing helmet for bagging 14rs with class 3 routes? June 22, 2017

Blog Posts (31)

AAC to Lead Environmental Expedition to Peru's Cordillera Blanca April 2, 2011
Outdoor Retailer: Petzl, Energizer, SPOT, and Pacsafe August 16, 2010
Outdoor Retailer: Exploring OR (Part 2) August 6, 2010
Outdoor Retailer: Exploring OR (Part 1) August 5, 2010
NASA Develops New Emergency Response System June 21, 2010

Trip Reports (27)

Thr traditional first climb (or hike) of the new year January 1, 2017
Seven Continents September 11, 2015
Whitney July 21, 2015
Pinnacles National Park April 21, 2015
Snow camping in a severe drought March 4, 2015


Been wandering around the planet for 3/4 of a century, on my own for over 6 decades, (5 of which included my spouse so far). My family was very much into the woods and hills from before I was born, so a lot of my independent wanderings started by the time I was 5 yo (parents did not worry so much about the kids back then). I have hiked and climbed on all 7 continents.

Some people think I am an expert in a number of fields. But, as a mentor of mine said, "the true expert knows his/her limitations." I learn and/or reminded of my limited knowledge and experience every time I head out the door. I do train youth and youth leaders in outdoor activities, though I am basically a scientist.

I have raced bicycles (have a few medals for district championships), used to have an airplane (license commercial single engine, IFR), Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver, National Member of The Explorers Club, on the Board of the American Climber Science Program


Backcountry skiing
Ice climbing
Rock climbing