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Eric Labanauskas

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

Full Name: private
29-year-old male backpacker
Chicago Suburbs, IL
Email: private

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.

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

PERSONAL GEAR CHECKLIST

WORN OR CARRIED

TREKKING POLES: Black Diamond Distance FL Z-Poles

SUNGLASSES: R/X Eyeglasses with Transitions Lenses

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

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

CAR/HOUSE KEYS

PHONE/CAMERA/GPS: iPhone 4s

PHONE CASE: OtterBox Armor Series Waterproof Case for iPhone 4s

CLOTHING

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)

BACKPACK

PACK: Mountainsmith Haze 50 (M/L)

LINER: Plastic Trash Compactor Bag

SHELTER

HAMMOCK: WB Blackbird 1.1 DL

SUSPENSION: WB Webbing/Buckles and Dutchware Ti Dutch Clips

TOP COVER: WB Travel Sock

TARP: ENO ProFly

STAKES: Foraged and Downed Wood

SLEEP

INSULATION (TOP): ENO Ignitor  

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

PILLOW: Klymit Pillow X

WATER 

TREATMENT: Sawyer Mini Filter

CONTAINER: Recyclable 1L Water Bottles 

COOKING

ALCOHOL STOVE: Trail Designs 12-10 with Adjustable Simmer Rings

SOLID FUEL STOVE: Trail Designs Gram Cracker

WINDSCREEN/POT STAND: Trail Designs Caldera Cone

COZY: AntiGravityGear Pot Cozy

POT/MUG: Snow Peak Titanium Trek 1400 Cookset

UTENSIL: Snow Peak Titanium Spork

COOKING OIL: Extra Virgin Olive Oil

FIRE 

FIRESTEEL: Light My Fire Scout 2.0 Firesteel

LIGHTER: Mini BIC

FIRESTARTER: Fatwood Shavings and Small Pieces

TOOLS

FIXED BLADE: Morakniv Companion MG Carbon Steel

MULTI TOOL: Victorinox Classic SD SAK

COMPASS: Brunton 9045

LIGHT: Black Diamond Spot

TROWEL: Qi Wiz Titanium "Mega Dig"

FOOD HANGING

STUFF SACK: Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Stuff Sack (9L)

CARABINER: Black Diamond Neutrino

PARACORD: 50' 

FIRST AID 

REG-SZ BANDAGES

LG SZ BANDAGES 

GAUZE PADS

BLISTER PADS

ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT PKTS 

ALCOHOL PREP PADS 

SUNSCREEN

LIP BALM

TICK KEY

REPAIR

TENACIOUS TAPE

DUCT TAPE

SAFETY PINS 

BATTERIES (AAA, X3)

PERSONAL CARE

SM PKT COMB

COLGATE WISP RECYCLABLE TOOTHBRUSH

BANDANA

TP SQUARES

HAND SANITIZER

BIODEGRADABLE ORGANIC SOAP

MICROFIBER LENS CLEANING CLOTH

R/X MEDICATION

ZYRTEC (ALLERGY)

IBUPROFEN (ANTI-INFLAMMATORY)

IMODIUM (ANTI-DIARRHEAL) 

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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 SP

TRIP REPORT - FOREST GLEN PRESERVE

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Activities

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Vitals

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