Bill S

Reviewer of the Month: May 2012

4,429 reviewer rep
6,016 forum posts
joined Mar 14, 2001

Full Name: private
Occupation: retired, volunteer for youth, environmental, and professional organizations
Email: private

Gear Reviews (49)

user rating: 3 of 5 Crescent Moon Eva All-Foam Snowshoe 3/11/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Gerry Sweater Down Jacket 12/22/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 La Sportiva Men's Otaki 11/13/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 National Geographic John Muir Trail Topographic Map Guide 10/28/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 BioLite PowerLight Mini 6/27/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Columbia Men's Pilsner Peak Pant 5/29/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Cascade Mountain Tech Quick Lock Carbon Fiber Cork Grip Trekking Poles 4/25/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Western Mountaineering Antelope MF 12/20/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 La Sportiva TX4 11/02/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 Montane Prism Bootie 9/12/2015

Forum Posts (6016)

Re: How Many Good Years Left in the Outdoors? December 13, 2018
Re: Introduction and advice` August 21, 2018
Re: Bear PTSD August 10, 2018
Re: bivi bag or tent for a long trip August 6, 2018
Re: Outdoor Retailer Show August 6, 2018

Blog Posts (31)

AAC to Lead Environmental Expedition to Peru's Cordillera Blanca April 2, 2011
Outdoor Retailer: Petzl, Energizer, SPOT, and Pacsafe August 16, 2010
Outdoor Retailer: Exploring OR (Part 2) August 6, 2010
Outdoor Retailer: Exploring OR (Part 1) August 5, 2010
NASA Develops New Emergency Response System June 21, 2010

Trip Reports (28)

The Eclipse of the Sun September 2, 2017
Thr traditional first climb (or hike) of the new year January 1, 2017
Seven Continents September 11, 2015
Whitney July 21, 2015
Pinnacles National Park April 21, 2015


Been wandering around the planet for 3/4 of a century, on my own for over 6 decades, (5 of which included my spouse so far). My family was very much into the woods and hills from before I was born, so a lot of my independent wanderings started by the time I was 5 yo (parents did not worry so much about the kids back then). I have hiked and climbed on all 7 continents.

Some people think I am an expert in a number of fields. But, as a mentor of mine said, "the true expert knows his/her limitations." I learn and/or reminded of my limited knowledge and experience every time I head out the door. I do train youth and youth leaders in outdoor activities, though I am basically a scientist.

I have raced bicycles (have a few medals for district championships), used to have an airplane (license commercial single engine, IFR), Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver, National Member of The Explorers Club, on the Board of the American Climber Science Program


Backcountry skiing
Ice climbing
Rock climbing