Cody Bartz

430 reviewer rep
3 forum posts
joined Nov 30, 2012

I am a: 33-year-old backpacker
Location: La Crosse, WI
Occupation: Print Production / Artist / Graphic Designer

Affiliations: I do not have any professional relationships. I do work part time at a bike and fitness shop, where I can order some items at cost. I do some bike maintenance as well as sales.


Trail running


Boot/Shoe Size12
Jacket/Shirt Sizemedium/small
Pant Size31" x 34"

I was born in Bemidji, Minnesota, which is in the north central part of the state. I grew up on a farm in the small town of McIntosh, Minnesota. I returned to Bemidji for college to study art and graphic design. That is the time and place that my love for outdoor activities really began. I got a taste of canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, and running.

The things I enjoy most are biking and hiking. I commute to work regularly and run many errands by bike. I also enjoy hiking as it is the most basic of human powered activites - put on your shoes and go! In the past two to three years I have been more and more interested in making hiking and biking trips longer. I like to bike camp and backpack and spend the night outdoors.

My experience is not extensive, but I am trying to get outdoors more regularly. I have done around a dozen overnighters by bicycle, bringing along items to camp. My longest bicycle trip was 400 miles over roughly 6 days on the Mesabi Trail in northern Minnesota.  

My most recent longer trip was in June 2013 - I backpacked and did a through hike of the 300 mile Superior Hiking Trail in northeastern Minnesota. I did it in a relatively light and fast way by completing the trail in just over 12 days, covering 24 miles a day.

I have also spent a week in Moab, Utah, mostly hiking and mountain biking with a touch of rock climbing thrown in. I spent a few days in the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness in Michigan. Otherwise most of my time has been in Minnesota. 

I recently moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin and have been enjoying the driftless region. I am looking forward to more multi-day bike trips and backpacking trips. 

Gear Reviews (7)

user rating: 4.5 of 5 Omnibar Energy Bar 1/11/2015
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Berghaus VapourLight Hyper Smock 10/04/2014
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Exped Air Pillow UL 10/31/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Ibex Swerve Long Sleeve Top 10/02/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Tarptent Notch 5/20/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Rab Men's Neutrino Plus Jacket 1/09/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 La Sportiva Men's FC Eco 3.0 GTX 11/30/2012


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