I am an academic researcher. This has afforded me many wonderful opportunities to travel over the years from my home base in Canada. I have had the pleasure to spend some time living in Taiwan which was a great base to visit China and Hong Kong. I now find myself living in the west of England, where I have been for the past two years, and will be for at least another year.
My love for the outdoors has taken on many incarnations over the years, from fishing, outdoor photography, hiking, backpacking, to general mountaineering. It also provides the perfect excuse for my nearly out of control accumulation of gear!
My approach to gear and hiking is generally geared to striking a balance between light weight, durability and comfort, though I often tend towards the lightweight/ultralight end of the spectrum (mostly out of my fascination as a scientist for the use of newer, lighter materials). I am not much of a backpacker as I simply cant take too much time off at once, so my trips are often short overnighters, or day hikes/summit hikes.
Footwear: The North Face Verbera Lightpacker, Brasher Hillwalker II GTX, Teva Wapta mid, Merrell Protera, Salewa WildFire.
Socks: Kathmandu Merino, Smartwool Merino, Berghaus Fast Track lightweight socks
Waterproofs: Montane Spektr Smock, The North Face Point Five GTX Pro shell jacket, The North Face Venture jacket, Sprayway Santiago over-trousers, Berghaus Helvellyn GTX over-trousers, Outdoor Research Endeavor GTX overmitt.
Softshells: Haglofs Swift II Q windstopper jacket, Paramo Fuera smock, The North Face Apex Bionic jacket, Rab Boreas pull-on. Paramo Explorer Pull-on.
Insulation: Outdoor Research Neoplume jacket, Mountain Hardwear LoDown vest, Kathmandu Ultralight Down jacket, Craft Thermolite vest, The North Face Storm Shadow Fleece jacket, Mountain Hardwear Microchill fleece, Berghaus Caudale and Spectrum microfleeces.
Trousers/Shorts: Berghaus Ortler trousers, Craghoppers Kiwi Pro stretch trousers, Craghoppers Nosilife trousers, Berghaus Navigator Cargos, SAIL softshell trousers, Mountain Equipment Approach shorts, Paramo Cambia boxers.
Shirts/Baselayers: Berghaus argentium treated short-sleeve shirts, Mountain Equipment Crux long sleeve shirts, Adidas Terrex 1/2 zip LS, Mountain Hardwear Canyon shirt, Outdoor Research Feedback flannel shirt, Craghoppers BG trek shirt. Kathmandu merino long johns and long sleeve top for sleeping.
Gloves: Mountain Equipment Co-op windstopper liners, Black Diamond Crag gloves, Extremities Super Windy windstopper gloves, Columbia Whirlibird III gloves, Montane Extreme mittens.
Hats: The North Face Horizon hat, Mountain Equipment Co-op windstopper softshell hat, Helly Hansen acrylic beanies, Berghaus Spectrum neck gaiter, Buff original.
Bags/Rucksacks: Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32, Montane Torque 40, The North Face Angstrom 20, Berghaus Remote 20, The North Face Surge, Lightwave Wildtrek 60, The North Face waterproof backpack. Mountain Equipment Co-op duffel bag, Berghaus Leviathan 70 waterproof holdall.
Outdoor research backcountry organizers, PODsacs eVent compression sacks and ultralite stuff sacs, Karrimor dry bags, Overboard waterproof SLR bag, Grivel crampon bag.
Hydration: Source 3L insulated bladder, 2x Lifeventure SS 800mL bottles, Nalgene 1L bottles, Sigg 600mL, Katadyn My Bottle filter bottle, Steripen Traveler UV purifier.
Poles and axes: Fizan Ultralite poles, Black Diamond Contour Elliptic Compact poles, CAMP Corsa Nanotech ice axe, Petzl snowalker ice axe.
Tents: Wild Country Zephyros 1 (with Mountain Hardwear X-stakes), Force Ten Ion 2 (4 season, with MSR blizzard stakes for snow, and a combination of Lightwave wide Ti V-pegs and Vargo ultralight Ti V-pegs, Gram Counter Gear 6g Ti pegs and Ti nails), Eureka Taron 3.
Cooking: GSI halulite minimalist, LifeVenture 450mL Ti mug, Firemaple Ti stove, Light My Fire sporks, Optimus Ti long spoon, Light My Fire lunch kit and s/p container. Vargo Ti flint lighter.
Lighting: LED Lenser H7 headtorch, LED Lenser P5e hand torch.
Sleeping: Mountain Equipment Helium 3.8 SIM, Multimat Superlite Air mat, Therm-a-rest Ridgerest SOLite foam mat, Blacks Cosmos 400 down bag (3 season), Lifeventure Downlight 600 down bag (2 season), Force Ten Altitude 750 down bag (for when its really cold!) Lifeventure silk liner, Kathmandu Thermolite liner, Mountain Equipment Co-op down pillow and basecamp pillow, Mammut inflatable pillow.
Photography: Fujifilm X-20, Canon T2i with 17-40mm F4L, 100mm 2.8 Macro USM, and 70-200mm F4L lenses. Joby Gorillapod SLR and Manfrotto Befree tripods.
Knives/tools: Leatherman Freestyle, Light My Fire Fireknife, Victorinox Climber, Victorinox Soldier, Boker Arbolito Drop Point (I dont know why I own this, but its nice).
Eyewear: Nike Hyperion, Reebok Zig Pro, Julbo Trek Spectron 4
Accessories: Mountain Equipment Co-op Kokanee II GTX gaiters, Hillsound Trail Crampons, Camp Magix 10 (C1) Crampons.