BigRed

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Reviewer of the Month: September 2014

6,373 reviewer rep
1,180 forum posts
joined Jun 13, 2004

I am a: 65-year-old
Location: Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Occupation: Associate Professor (plant physiology)

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Trail running
Backcountry skiing
Mountaineering
Canyoneering
Canoeing
Kayaking
Mountain biking
Full-contact Scrabble

Vitals

Height6'4" (193 cm)
Weight175 lbs. 80 kilos
Boot/Shoe Size11.5 (46)
Jacket/Shirt SizeL/XL
Pant SizeM long

American transplanted to Trondheim, Norway, after many years in New Hampshire and Vermont (and adventures in parts west, New Zealand, Australia, Nepal, more).

Backcountry skiing is what I like/do best, also hiking, sea kayaking, mountain biking where appropriate.

I'll never run out of mountains here in Norway. The weather can be iffy, the snow conditions "variable", but when the stars line up I've done some of the best tours and descents of my life here. An additional virtue: It's uncrowded (probably at least partly because of one of the drawbacks, travel in Norway is expensive). We have had huts here entirely to ourselves for up to three nights during Norway's reputedly busy Easter week...

Gear Reviews (95)

user rating: 4.5 of 5 Asnes X-Skin 58mm Mohair 3/30/2020
user rating: 4 of 5 Crispi Svartisen GTX BC 3/27/2020
user rating: 4 of 5 Helly Hansen Rivaridge Puffy Jacket 3/25/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Asnes Kongsvold Hunter 3/22/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Norrona Men's Trollveggen Powerstretch Pro Zip Hoodie 3/18/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 SealSkinz Waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Gauntlet 3/10/2020
user rating: 3 of 5 SealSkinz Waterproof All Weather Glove 3/10/2020
user rating: 3 of 5 Mountain Equipment Kaniq 33 2/02/2020
user rating: 5 of 5 Craft Hybrid Weather Glove 2/01/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Black Diamond Men's Solution 150 Merino Base 3/4 1/23/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Black Diamond Men's Solution 150 Merino Base Crew 1/23/2020
user rating: 4 of 5 Black Diamond Storm 375 1/18/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Madshus Nanosonic IntelliGrip 12/01/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Garmin Forerunner 645 11/24/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 NRS Men's H2Core Silkweight Hoodie 11/10/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Keen Men's Targhee III Waterproof Mid 10/25/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Keen Men's Targhee Vent Mid 9/20/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Inov-8 Mudclaw G 260 9/14/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Big Agnes SLX Tent Floor Pad 8/22/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Big Agnes Pumphouse Ultra 8/19/2019
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Sockwa G4 8/15/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Exped Cloudburst 25 8/14/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Miggo Agua Quick-draw Storm-proof Holster 25 CSC 8/11/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Jetboil CrunchIt 8/11/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 MSR WindBurner Sauce Pot 2.5L 8/11/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 MSR WindBurner Skillet 8/10/2019
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Inov-8 Men's Terraultra G 260 6/26/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Westwater Books Belknap's Waterproof Canyonlands River Guide 3/30/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Falcon Guides Paddling the John Wesley Powell Route: Exploring the Green and Colorado Rivers 3/28/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Grand Shelters IceBox Igloo Tool 2/16/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Helinox Ground Chair 12/26/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season 12/10/2018
user rating: 2 of 5 Soto Pocket Spork 12/04/2018
user rating: 1 of 5 Optimus Titanium Folding Spork 12/04/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Enlightened Equipment Accomplice 12/02/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 8/07/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Kurgo Mud Dog Travel Shower 7/24/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Harmony House Heavy-Duty Clear Zip Pouches 7/21/2018
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Hike-N-Light Tyvek tent footprints 7/15/2018
user rating: 2 of 5 Altra Men's King MT 1.5 7/05/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Big Agnes Pad Coupler 6/13/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Inov-8 Men's X-Talon 212 6/09/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Klean Kanteen 12oz Wide Insulated 5/27/2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Etowah Outfitters 50 Degree Down Sleeping Bag 5/27/2018
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Teva Men's Terra Fi Lite 4/04/2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Big Agnes Copper Hotel HV UL2 3/03/2018
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Altra Men's King MT 2/13/2018
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Harmony House Gourmet Soup & Chili Blends Sampler 1/29/2018
user rating: 2.5 of 5 REI Activator Gaiter 1/13/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini Lantern 1/05/2018
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Garmin Topo US 24K Southwest 12/16/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Helinox Chair Zero 12/05/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 High Country Apps Colorado Rocky Mountain Wildflowers 10/15/2017
user rating: 2.5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Water Cube 9/27/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Pouch Spoon 9/27/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Mount Hagen Organic Fairtrade Instant Coffee 9/10/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Osprey Hydraulics LT 2.5L Reservoir 9/06/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Infinity Insulated Mug 8/28/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Osprey Skarab 32 8/24/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Backpacking Food: Recipes, Rations, Stoves and Storage by Andrew Skurka 6/24/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Asics Gel-Arctic 4 GTX 3/09/2017
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Altra Men's Superior 2.0 9/29/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Coghlan's Squeeze Tubes 9/28/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 9/06/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Littlbug Senior 8/27/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Columbia Titan Ice Short Sleeve 8/27/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 MSR WindBurner Personal Accessory Pot 8/21/2016
user rating: 1.5 of 5 GSI Outdoors JavaGrind Coffee Grinder 8/21/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 MSR WindBurner Coffee Press Kit 8/21/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Columbia Men's Trail Flash Short Sleeve Shirt 7/09/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Compeed 6/19/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Leki Micro Vario Carbon Max 2/21/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Snowline Chainsen Pro 12/25/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 MSR WindBurner Personal Stove System 12/23/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Cave Man Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Bar 10/12/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Merrell Men's Ascend Glove 9/20/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Montane VIA Dragon 20 9/16/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 REI Men's Sahara Convertible Pants 9/09/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Therm-a-Rest NeoAir AirTap Pump Kit 8/23/2014
user rating: 3 of 5 Big Agnes Pumphouse 8/21/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack 8/21/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 MSR Alpine Utensils Spatula 8/18/2014
user rating: 3 of 5 MSR Alpine Utensils Spoon 8/15/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Compact Scraper 8/15/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 U-Dig-It Folding Hand Shovel and Trowel 8/11/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip 9/21/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl Kit 9/21/2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 White Box Stove 6/29/2013
user rating: 1.5 of 5 Highgear Axio HR 6/02/2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Osprey Kode 30 1/20/2013
user rating: 3 of 5 eGear Focus Control 200 1/18/2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 3 8/10/2012
user rating: 3 of 5 REI Flip-Top Vacuum Bottle - 20 fl. oz. 6/12/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 3/14/2011
user rating: 1 of 5 Dana Design Bomb Pack 6/13/2004

Trip Reports

New turf March 9, 2020
Faroe Islands layover summer '19 December 8, 2019
New Trail Buddy September 29, 2019
Iceland II: Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls August 9, 2019
Iceland I: Hornstrandir August 6, 2019
Spring skiing in Norway April 22, 2019
Igloo Time February 12, 2019
Icy Thanksgiving in Norwegian Hut December 1, 2018
Muskox in Norway November 11, 2018
October surprise October 29, 2018
Cataract Canyon raft trip September 30, 2018
Five days on the Paria May 26, 2018
Weekender in the Rincon Mountains near Tucson February 6, 2018
Almost Christmas in the Grand Canyon December 25, 2017
Aravaipa Canyon October 30, 2017
Canyonlands et al. October 8, 2017
At work and play in CO September 1, 2017
Vikings invade Costa Rica! April 23, 2017
Norway's best hike? (summer '15) December 25, 2016
Quetico August '16 November 20, 2016

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Ready to Go March 15, 2020
New turf March 9, 2020
New boards February 27, 2020
One Stove or Two? March 20, 2019
DIY: UL Hiking Staff February 13, 2020
Just had a few years taken off my life February 18, 2020
Yak wool layers January 30, 2020
Photos now large and can't be resized? January 29, 2020
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My photography set-up for hiking and backpacking. January 18, 2020
Rechargeable batteries January 10, 2020
Trailspace Names Top 25 Reviewers of 2019 December 30, 2019
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Daypack for every activity? December 28, 2019
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