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joined Dec 23, 2013

Full Name: herdingcats
male hiker
Des Moines, WA
Occupation: Telecommunications entrepreneur
Email: private

Affiliations: I have no professional relationships in the outdoor industry.


Hiker Profile

Male hiker, early 40's.  I took a few decades off from serious fitness while I was focused on the career.  Now I have quite a lot of catching up to do as I work to get my peak health back.  Often my reviews reflect this point of view and the challenges that go along with the journey I'm on.

Part of my focus on fitness is a personal interest in sharing the outdoors with my three boys.  While my wife and I keep them busy with scholastic and competitive endeavors, we also keep them heavily involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts where I'm an active leader with several area groups.

Pack Lists

Here are my two primary pack lists for typical hikes and backpacking trips.

Current day-hike pack list

Current overnight pack list

These are dynamic lists and I'll customize if I feel like I have cause to.  For example, I often take a smaller pack with much less gear for a day-hike if I'm doing a training jaunt in my own neighborhood.  In this area I'll never be alone long enough to worry about overnight or cooking gear, so that kind of thing gets left behind.


Peak Bagging


Boot/Shoe Size11.5
Jacket/Shirt Size44 / XL