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.
Gear: Currently in use/rotation,
Footwear: The North Face Verbera Lightpacker, Meindl Bhutan, Brasher Hillwalker II GTX, Merrell Protera, Salewa WildFire.
Mountain Equipment Co-op Kokanee II GTX gaiters, Rab eVent Shortie gaiters, Hillsound Trail Crampons, Camp Magix 10 (C1) Crampons.
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, 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 (2X). Paramo Explorer Pull-on.
Insulation: Outdoor Research Neoplume jacket, Mountain Hardwear LoDown vest, Kathmandu Ultralight Down jacket, The North Face Storm Shadow Fleece jacket, Mountain Hardwear Microchill fleece, Berghaus Caudale microfleece.
Trousers/Shorts: Fjallraven Barents Pro, Berghaus Ortler trousers, Craghoppers Kiwi Pro stretch trousers, Craghoppers Nosilife trousers, 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 t-shirts, and 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, Fjallraven wool/acrylic beanie, Berghaus Spectrum neck gaiter, Buff original.
Bags/Rucksacks: Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32, Montane Torque 40, The North Face Angstrom 20, 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, Podsacs waste management dry bags, Mammut ambient light dry bag, aquapac waterproof electronics and document case, 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, Ortlieb 2L bladder, 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 footprint, Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo with Integral Designs solo ground sheet, Force Ten Ion 2, Eureka Taron 3
Stakes: MSR blizzard stakes, Lightwave wide Ti V-pegs, Vargo ultralight Ti V-pegs, Gram Counter Gear 6g Ti pegs and Ti nails, Mountain Hardwear X-stakes.
Cooking: GSI halulite minimalist, LifeVenture 450mL Ti mug, Alpkit MyTiPot Ti pot (1.35 L), Alpkit MyTiPot Ti pot 900mL, Firemaple FMS116 Ti stove, Firemaple FMS118 stove, Light My Fire sporks, Optimus Ti long spoon, Vargo Ti flint lighter.
Lighting: LED Lenser H7 headtorch, LED Lenser P5e hand torch, Alpkit Glowe lantern.
Sleeping: Mountain Equipment Helium 3.8 SIM, Exped Downmat 9, Multimat Superlite Air mat, Therm-a-rest Ridgerest SOLite foam mat, Multimat Kumfie folding sit mat, Blacks Cosmos 400 down bag (3 season), Lifeventure Downlight 600 down bag (2 season), Force Ten Altitude 750 down bag, 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, Buck Vantage Force, Opinel No.8 ss/ebony.
Eyewear: Nike Hyperion, Reebok Zig Pro, Julbo Trek Spectron 4
Accessories: Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS unit