300winmag

1,051 reviewer rep
700 forum posts
joined Nov 21, 2007

I am a: 76-year-old backpacker
Location: Henderson, NV
Occupation: Retired Teacher/Ski Patroller

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Snowshoeing
Backcountry skiing
Canoeing
Sea kayaking

Vitals

Height5' 10"
Weight180
Torso Lengthforgot
Boot/Shoe Size11 1/2 D
Jacket/Shirt SizeLarge (42- 44)
Pant SizeMedium (33W. 31 Inseam)

I've backpacked since I was a Boy Scout in the '50s. In earlier days (70s thru the 90s) I was a canoe racer, instructor, and wilderness paddler. Then I got into sea kayaking where speed and big waves hooked me.

Now that I've retired from teaching I live in Las Vegas. I'm backpacking all over the mountain west. Also I've gotten back into backcountry skiing. For 10 years in Erie, Pennsylvania I was a Nordic petroller. Even got to patrol the '80 Olympics at Lake Placid and be an Army ROTC cadet winter survival instructor. Now I've joined the Las vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort Mountain Patrol as an alpine patroller. "It's a great life if ya don't weaken."

Gear Reviews (50)

user rating: 4 of 5 Eddie Bauer First Ascent Peak XV Parka 12/27/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Eddie Bauer Men's First Ascent Downlight Hooded Jacket 12/21/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Helle GT 10/09/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Council Tool 2# Wood-Craft Pack Axe 10/02/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Eddie Bauer Men's First Ascent Peak XV Down Jacket 5/01/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 REI Flash Insulated Air Pad 10/14/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof 2/09/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed 5/31/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 REI Men's Quarter-Zip Fleece Pullover 5/25/2017
user rating: 3 of 5 G3 Expedition Skins 3/14/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Sea to Summit Delta Insul-Mug 2/27/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fiber Quick Lock Trekking Poles Cork Grip 2/02/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 L.L.Bean Down Sleeping Bag with DownTek, Mummy -20° 1/05/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Dachstein 4 Ply Boiled Wool Alpine Mittens 12/15/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Eddie Bauer Men's Downlight StormDown Vest 11/27/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Duluth Fleece-Lined Dry on the Fly Cargo Pants 11/25/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 MSR WhisperLite Universal 11/09/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Merrell Men's Moab Mid Gore-Tex 9/22/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Platypus Platy Bottle 8/07/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 Eddyline Sea Star 3/07/2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Osprey Exos 58 1/28/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 Open Country 3 Cup Hard Anodized Pot 1/26/2015
user rating: 3 of 5 Eddie Bauer Kara Koram 0 12/21/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Tarptent Scarp 2 10/16/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Tarptent Moment DW 6/17/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri (update) 6/15/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Hilleberg Akto 4/23/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Western Mountaineering MegaLite 3/27/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Trail Designs 12-10 Alcohol Stove 12/17/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Trail Designs Gram Cracker 7/07/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri 3/11/2012
user rating: 2 of 5 SnowClaw Guide 10/31/2011
user rating: 3 of 5 Lowe Alpine Attack MX 42+10 10/16/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 MSR Men's Lightning Ascent 10/05/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 REI Men's Kimtah Jacket 9/15/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Eddie Bauer Men's First Ascent Downlight Sweater 11/17/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Princeton Tec Scout 8/31/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Brunton Flex Foldable Canister Stove 4/13/2010
user rating: 3 of 5 REI Sololite 2/27/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Tarptent Moment 12/16/2009
user rating: 3 of 5 Vargo Triad XE 6/16/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 Jetboil 1.5L Cooking Pot 4/29/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 Vargo Titanium Jet-ti Stove 4/29/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 MSR DragonFly 4/29/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Cabela's Men's Rainy River Gore-tex PacLite Parka 10/30/2008
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Men's Phantom 32° 10/05/2008
user rating: 5 of 5 SteriPEN Adventurer 10/04/2008
user rating: 4.5 of 5 REI Cruise UL 60 10/04/2008
user rating: 4 of 5 Garmin Colorado 300 10/04/2008
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Asnes Combi Combat 11/21/2007

Trip Reports

N.Rim to S. Rim Nov. 6 - 9 November 14, 2017

Forum Posts

Camp shoes for winter backpacking January 20, 2020
Duluth Trading fleece lined cargo pants on sale December 27, 2019
Soft shell vs. hard shell. August 22, 2019
Extreme Cold Weather Gear - Part II December 25, 2019
Going back to a flashlight for some trips July 23, 2019
Ultimate survival tool November 14, 2019
Ooof - Backcountry.com stumbles into a hornet's nest November 8, 2019
Do I need a winter bag or can i combine what i already have? November 18, 2019
Sleeping bag in a can!? November 21, 2019
What features would you like to see on a Trekking Pole? November 28, 2019
Layering light down jacket and down vest December 21, 2019
Down jacket selection December 6, 2019
Old Town Candienne July 16, 2019
Portage Stabilization Enhancement System - University of Waterloo October 1, 2019
Backpack for teen grandson October 11, 2019
what's your favorite reasonably robust hiking boot? September 27, 2019
The Nth Degree of SUL Gear - is it for you? July 26, 2019
My Cup Runneth Over July 4, 2019
High Peak Pacific Crest 90 Backpack April 30, 2019
Duluth Trading for great outdoor clothing June 7, 2019