Bill S

REVIEW CORPS
Reviewer of the Month: May 2012

4,534 reviewer rep
6,031 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 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 Men's 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 Men's Knifeblade Pants 2/01/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia Men's Knifeblade Jacket 2/01/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Masherbrum Mitt 1/08/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Men's 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 Men's Houdini Jacket 8/21/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Montane Men's 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 Men's 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

Blog Posts

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
Outdoor Retailer: What's your blood oxygen level? January 27, 2010
Outdoor Retailer: Safety on the mountains...and roads January 27, 2010
Outdoor Retailer: Knives, watches, and more January 23, 2010
Outdoor Retailer: The all-in-one TentPak January 22, 2010
Outdoor Retailer: All Mountain Demo Day (part 2) January 21, 2010
Outdoor Retailer: Day Minus-2 January 19, 2010
Send Text Messages from (Almost) Anywhere on Earth January 7, 2010
Review: CamelBak ShredBak Hydration Vest August 29, 2009
Review: Leki Thermolite AERGON Antishock Trekking Poles August 28, 2009
Outdoor Retailer: Day 4 - All good things come to an end July 24, 2009

Trip Reports

Happy New Year 2019 January 1, 2019
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
Snow camping in a severe drought March 4, 2015
From my tent, Dec 24 5PM December 25, 2014
Return to the Alps - 50 years later October 13, 2014
Carson Pass Epic - What the Gear Review Corps goes through March 24, 2014
Austria October 4, 2013
Return to Antarctica 2010-11 September 2, 2013
Peru 2013 - the American Climber Science Program environmental studies expedition August 7, 2013
American Alpine Club Climber Science Program -Andes June 20, 2013
Going to the Dogs in the Alaska Bush May 2, 2013
Cascades TR part 1 – South Sister July 21, 2012
Trailspace on the Pacific Crest Trail June 23, 2012
Snow! Finally! March 19, 2012
Arizona and New Mexico September 29, 2011
Cordillera Blanca Environmental Expedition 2011 July 17, 2011

Forum Posts

Desalination of seawater September 8, 2019
TS at Cloudland Canyon August 27, 2019
Crowding on everest May 23, 2019
using a Thommen TX 15000 altimeter / barometer January 30, 2019
Candles in an igloo? February 4, 2019
hi everyone January 13, 2019
Great story from Pemi Rescue January 8, 2019
Happy New Year 2019 January 1, 2019
How Many Good Years Left in the Outdoors? December 9, 2018
Introduction and advice` August 16, 2018
Bear PTSD August 2, 2018
bivi bag or tent for a long trip July 18, 2018
Outdoor Retailer Show July 25, 2018
Are all Gaiters (not the biting kind :) ) created equal? June 8, 2018
Laundry etiquette June 5, 2018
have you ever had to triangulate with map and compass? April 12, 2018
Metal mesh sack recommendation March 9, 2018
Footwear and sock recommendations? March 21, 2018
Help choosing between two tents February 18, 2018
Guy jumps into snow and gets more than he bargained for. January 27, 2018