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Eric Labanauskas

1,953 reviewer rep
389 forum posts
joined May 10, 2013

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29-year-old male backpacker
Chicago Suburbs, IL
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About

As a teenager I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis: what I purchase and pack is directly related to my ability to carry it. In short? When my back's happy, I'm happy.

My goals for the next year:

1.) Hike as many backpacker-friendly locations in my home state of Illinois.

TRIP REPORT - MISSISSIPPI PALISADES STATE PARK

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

2.) Become more reliant on skills instead of gear, and supplement an ultralight backpacking style with bushcraft/survival skills.

SAMPLING OF GEAR USED

BACKPACK: Mountainsmith Haze 50 (M/L)

TREKKING POLES: Black Diamond Distance FL Z-Poles

TENT: Marmot Earlylight 2P

HAMMOCK: Warbonnet Outdoors Ridgerunner DL

SUSPENSION: WB Webbing/Buckles and Dutchware Ti Dutch Clips

TARP: Warbonnet Outdoors Cloudburst

INSULATION (TOP): ENO Ignitor Topquilt

INSULATION (BOTTOM): Gossamer Gear Thinlight Sleeping Pad (3/8")

PILLOW: Klymit Pillow X

STOVE: Trail Designs 12-10 Alcohol Stove with Adjustable Simmer Rings

WINDSCREEN/POT STAND: Trail Designs Caldera Cone

COZY: AntiGravityGear Pot Cozy

POT/MUG: Snow Peak Titanium Trek 1400 Cookset

UTENSIL: Snow Peak Titanium Spork

FIXED BLADE: Morakniv Companion MG Carbon Steel

MULTI TOOL: Victorinox Classic SD SAK

FIRESTEEL: Light My Fire Scout 2.0 Firesteel

COMPASS: Brunton 9045

LIGHT: Black Diamond Spot

TROWEL: Qi Wiz Titanium "Mega Dig"

WATER TREATMENT: Sawyer Mini Filter

SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban Optical Frames with Transitions Lenses

WRISTWATCH: Casio G-Shock AWGM100-1ACR Atomic Solar

WALLET: Innate Portal Billfold (with Cash, ID, Debit Card, and Insurance Cards)

PHONE/CAMERA/GPS: iPhone 4s w/ OtterBox Armor Series Case

SAMPLING OF CLOTHING WORN

UNDERWEAR: Patagonia Lightweight Briefs (S)

BASE - TOP: REI Polartec Power Dry Crew Shirt (Midweight, M)

BASE - BOTTOMS: REI Polartec Power Dry Long Underwear (Midweight, S)

MID - BOTTOMS: REI Selkirk Fleece Pant (S)

MID - TOP: OR Radiant Hybrid Pullover (M), TNF Icecap Fleece (M)

OUTER - BOTTOMS: TNF Paramount Valley Convertible Pant (S)

OUTER - TOP: TNF Thermoball Full-Zip Jacket (M)

RAIN GEAR/PACK COVER/EMERGENCY SHELTER: Sea to Summit Nylon Tarp Poncho

HAT/HEADBAND/SCARF/BALACLAVA: Merino Wool Buff

HIKING SHOES: Merrell Vertis Ventilator (12M)

TRAIL RUNNERS: Merrell Grassbow Air (12M)

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Activities

Hiking
Backpacking

Vitals

Height6 ft 0 in
Weight150 lbs
Torso Length18.5 in
Boot/Shoe Size12
Jacket/Shirt SizeM
Pant SizeS