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Reviewer of the Month: January 2013 , July 2017

4,256 reviewer rep
603 forum posts
joined Feb 16, 2012

I am a: 39-year-old backpacker
Location: Columbia, SC
Occupation: Gearhead at Backcountry

Affiliations: I work as a Gearhead at and am a member of the retailer's Gearhead panel for designing Backcountry's own products and am Backcountry's Arc’teryx Ambassador.




Torso Length17.5
Boot/Shoe Size9
Jacket/Shirt SizeM
Pant Size8

 I am from South Carolina and I  hike, backpack, golf, disc golf, kayak, wakeboard, snowboard. I primarily hike in Western NC, but I also venture to North Georgia, East Tennessee, Southwest and Central Virginia, and Upstate SC.

Since my husband and I first got into hiking, we have made it our mission to explore our country. We started out in Pisgah National Forest in NC, and then on to GSMNP and several highlights of the southern parts of the Appalachian Trail (Springer Mtn, Max Patch Bald, Hot Springs, more of GSMNP, Roan Mountain, Grayson Highlands, McAfee Knob, and Shenandoah National Park).

We've also been to Yosemite National Park (twice), Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, and hiked several areas of the JMT near Mammoth Lakes, CA.

In the summer of 2014, we went on a long road trip up the east coast to the White Mountains and New England. Earlier that year, we went snowboarding in Jackson Hole and on a snowmobile tour of Yellowstone National Park.

In early 2015, we road-tripped to West Virginia to go snowboarding.  This summer we drove across the country from SC with highlights being Nashville, TN, Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Arches National Park, and the Uncompahgre Wilderness in Colorado.

In the summer 2016, we road-tripped to Badlands NP, Mt. Rushmore, Glacier NP, Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP, and Aspen, CO.

We have loved what we have seen so far!  


Favorite Backcountry Spots:

Max Patch Bald, Black Balsam Knob, and Linville Gorge in NC, Grayson Highlands State Park in VA, Roan Highlands and Great Smoky Mountains National Park in TN, and Jones Gap State Park and the Chatooga River in SC


Tent - MSR Carbon Reflex 2, REI Half Dome 2

Pack- Osprey Aura 50, Gregory Cirque 30L

Sleeping bag - Montbell U.L. Spiral Down Hugger #1, Montbell U.L. Spiral Down Hugger #3

Compression Sack - Sea to Summit eVent (M)

Liner- Sea to Summit Reactor

Camp Seat/Chair - Big Agnes SL Cyclone, Thermarest Trail Lite Seat

Pad - Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core, Big Agnes Insulated Double Z

Pillow - Exped Comfort Foam

Stove - Soto OD-1 Windmaster, Jetboil PCS

Poles - Black Diamond Distance Z-poles (100 cm)

Filter - Katadyn Vario, Sawyer Squeeze

Light - Black Diamond Spot, Petzl Tikka 2, Black Diamond Orbit, ENO Twilights

Multi-tool - Gerber Steady, Gerber Crucial

Boots/shoes - Merrell Moab Mid GTX,  Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX (mid and low cut), Asolo FSN 70 GTX, Kahtoola Microspikes

Puffy - Montbell Alpine Light Down Parka, Montbell Superior Down Parka, Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody, Patagonia Hi-Loft Down Sweater, Patagonia U.L. Down Jacket, Patagonia Down Sweater Vest, Arc'teryx Atom LT and Atom LT Hoody, The North Face Zephyrus

Rain shell - Patagonia Alpine Houdini, Patagonia Leashless, Mountain Hardwear Typhoon, Patagonia Nano Storm, Mountain Hardwear Xenon

Baselayers: Smartwool Midweight Pattern 1/4 zip and pants, Patagonia R1 pullover and pants, Patagonia Capilene 2 &3 tops, Patagonia Merino 2 1/4 Zip, Eddie Bauer Hangfire Hoodie

Gaiters: Outdoor Research Stamina, Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain Low

Bear Canister - Bearvault BV450

Hammock - ENO Double Nest with Slap Straps Pro and Dry Fly Tarp

Beverage Container - GSI Outdoors Infinity Insulated Mug, 32 oz Nalgene, 32 oz Platypus bottle, .5 liter Platypus bottle

Bladder - 3L Platypus Big Zip, 2L Camelbak


Here is a link to my Reviewer of the Month story, done by Seth Levy:



Gear Reviews (33)

user rating: 5 of 5 Backpacker's Pantry Chana Masala 5/08/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Backpacker's Pantry Chicken Piccata & Tagliatelle Pasta 2/06/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Backpacker's Pantry Nicoise Salad with Salmon 2/03/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Gregory Deva 70 GZ 1/26/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Columbia OutDry Ex Diamond Shell Jacket 10/05/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 MontBell Superior Down Parka 11/29/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 mtnGLO 11/17/2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Big Agnes Ripple Creek UL2+ mtnGLO 10/29/2015
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Sea to Summit Comfort Light Insulated Mat 6/21/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 Exped Synmat WinterLite 2/03/2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow 9/14/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 5/25/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Snow Peak Mola Headlamp 4/29/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800 3-Season 4/26/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy 800 2-Season 4/23/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Bergans Rondane 6L 4/21/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Sierra Designs Stretch DriDown Hoody 12/31/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Bergans Compact Light 2 8/23/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Big Agnes Q-Core 8/21/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia R1 Pullover 8/19/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Outdoor Research Endurance Gaiters 8/16/2013
user rating: 3 of 5 Arc'teryx Altra 48 LT 7/30/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia Baggies Shorts 5" 5/03/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket 4/14/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 GSI Outdoors Infinity Insulated Mug 4/14/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Komperdell Carbon Ultralite Compact 2/20/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Exped ComfortFoam Pillow 12/11/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 Eagles Nest Outfitters Twilights 12/10/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 The North Face Eat My Dust Skirt 11/30/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Wicked Lite Short Sleeve T 11/18/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 MontBell Alpine Light Down Jacket 11/09/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Arc'teryx Atom LT Jacket 2/16/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Black Diamond Distance Z 2/16/2012


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