Bill S

REVIEW CORPS
Reviewer of the Month: May 2012

4,537 reviewer rep
6,037 forum posts
joined Mar 14, 2001

Location: California
Occupation: retired, volunteer for youth, environmental, and professional organizations

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Snowshoeing
Orienteering
Backcountry skiing
Mountaineering
Ice climbing
Rock climbing
Geocacheing

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

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 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 Pilsner Peak Pant 5/29/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fiber Quick Lock Trekking Poles Cork Grip 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
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Backpacker's Pantry Granola with Bananas & Milk 6/22/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 Big Agnes Insulated Double Z 6/20/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 Trailspace Innate Motus Top Reviewer Water Bottle 2/21/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 Mystery Ranch Terraplane 1/08/2015
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Kestrel DROP D2 12/31/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Zpacks Triplex 12/21/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Jetboil Joule Group Cooking System 10/12/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Montane Minimus Sleeping Bag 4/07/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Soto OD-1RX WindMaster 3/19/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Petzl Tikka RXP 2/19/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia Knifeblade Pants 2/01/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia Knifeblade Jacket 2/01/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Masherbrum Mitt 1/08/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Epic Gloves 1/08/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Pelican 2750 LED Headlamp 11/20/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Toughstake Large Toughstake 8/24/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Wild Things Epic Hooded Windshirt 8/21/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia Houdini Jacket 8/21/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Montane Mountain Star 8/21/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Platypus GravityWorks Filter System 2L 4/30/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Black Diamond Icon Polar 11/26/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Petzl NAO 11/10/2012
user rating: 2.5 of 5 QuietStove Burner Cap for XGK-EX 10/07/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 MSR Snow Fluke 8/08/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 MSR Snow Picket 8/08/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 CamelBak All Clear 4/05/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 Osprey Argon 85 2/02/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 Timex Expedition WS4 4/11/2010
user rating: 3 of 5 CamelBak ShredBak 8/29/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 Leki Thermolite Aergon Antishock 8/28/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 SPOT Personal Tracker 3/04/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 Black Diamond Blizzard 8/15/2007
user rating: 5 of 5 Petzl William Ball-Lock 8/15/2007
user rating: 4 of 5 Petzl William Triact-Lock 8/15/2007
user rating: 5 of 5 Black Diamond Oval Carabiner 8/15/2007
user rating: 5 of 5 Petzl Attache 8/15/2007
user rating: 5 of 5 Petzl William 8/15/2007
user rating: 5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Extreme 11" Wok 2/20/2007
user rating: 3 of 5 Kelty Windfoil 3 1/22/2007

Articles (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
Phony wildlife photos proliferate in magazines March 5, 2010
Outdoor Retailer: Personal locator beacons in the backcountry February 8, 2010
Outdoor Retailer: Footbeds and Insoles February 8, 2010
Outdoor Retailer: Three-antenna avalanche beacons February 1, 2010
Outdoor Retailer: Solar power in small packages January 29, 2010

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