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joined Feb 16, 2012
Location: Columbia, SC
Occupation: Gearhead at Backcountry
Affiliations: I work as a Gearhead at Backcountry.com and am a member of the retailer's Gearhead panel for designing Backcountry's own products and am Backcountry's Arc’teryx Ambassador.
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: