Eric Labanauskas

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

Full Name: private
29-year-old male backpacker
Chicago Suburbs, IL
Occupation: Inside Sales Coordinator
Email: private

Affiliations: I currently work for Grand Trunk Goods and serve as their Inside Sales Coordinator - if you'd like to know more about the brand or its products, don't hesitate to hit me up!

About

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

I see it as a challenge.

Beginning in August of 2013, I have 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, whether it be in the form of a website, blog, or book.

My hiking "style" would most easily be described as an ounce-conscious, lightweight "weekend warrior." 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. 

Hopefully my time and contributions here can inspire and help others, whether their limitations come from a compromised physicality or their geographical location.

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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
Jacket/Shirt SizeM
Pant SizeS