Eric Labanauskas

2,003 reviewer rep
478 forum posts
joined May 10, 2013

Full Name: private
29-year-old male backpacker
Chicago, IL
Occupation: Inside Sales Coordinator
Website: http://www.grandtrunk.com
Email: private

Affiliations: I work as an internal sales representative who serves Grand Trunk dealers stretching coast to coast. If you plan on attending Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2015, stop on by booth #23035 and say hello!

About

My hiking "style" would most easily be described as a low-on-weight, high-on-comfort, weekend warrior and hammock-hanger. 

Most trips are overnights or weekends - they're easiest on my schedule, car odometer, and back (shorter trips = smaller, lighter pack).

As a teenager I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. Comfort on the trail depends largely on two things: the [limited] amount of weight my back can handle, and how comfortably I'm able to sleep. 

In short? When my back's happy, I'm happy. 

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Some folks would see living in a state like Illinois as a obstacle, given the limited number of backcountry options.

I saw it as a challenge.

Back in 2013, I set out to visit as many backpacker-friendly locations within my home state as possible. My hope is to compile my experiences and knowledge into some sort of resource I can give back to the outdoor community (most likely a blog that will make a debut in 2015).

Here's a glimpse at my work so far:

TRIP REPORT - MISSISSIPPI PALISADES STATE PARK (2013)

TRIP REPORT - SHAWNEE NF & THE RIVER-TO-RIVER TRAIL, PT ONE

TRIP REPORT - SHAWNEE NF & THE RIVER-TO-RIVER TRAIL, PT TWO

TRIP REPORT - SHAWNEE NF & THE RIVER-TO-RIVER TRAIL, PT THREE

TRIP REPORT - WELDON SPRINGS STATE PARK

TRIP REPORT - FOREST GLEN PRESERVE

TRIP REPORT - MORAINE VIEW STATE RECREATION AREA

TRIP REPORT - MISSISSIPPI PALISADES STATE PARK (2014)

And here're some articles written about my time here on Trailspace:

TRAILSPACE "REVIEWER OF THE MONTH" FEATURE

TRAILSPACE'S 2013 TOP REVIEWERS

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Activities

Hiking
Backpacking

Vitals

Height6 ft 0 in
Weight150 lbs
Torso Length18.5 in
Boot/Shoe Size12 or 13
Jacket/Shirt SizeM
Pant SizeS or 30W 32L