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David Williams @David Williams 2

346 reviewer rep
3 forum posts
joined Nov 29, 2016

I am a: 70-year-old backpacker
Location: Williamstown, MA
Occupation: EMT

Affiliations: I am unconnected with any maker, seller or salesperson of outdoor gear. Feel free however to send me any gear you would like! Oh...and feel free to toss me any vouchers you may wish for the local liquor outlet or a decent tattoo artist!




Height5' 10.5"
Torso Lengthlong
Boot/Shoe Sizesize 11 (11.5 with thick socks)
Jacket/Shirt SizeXXL
Pant Size38x32

I am about a quarter mile from the VT border and spend a fair amount of my indoor time at my wife's house near Rutland.  Incidentally, I am also about a half mile from the AT.

I have a favorite mountain group in the Adirondacks but I can rarely get there. Now I must content myself with mostly the Long Trail, which is not much in the way of suffering.

Currently I am hoping to pry loose time to do two hikes: from the MA border to my home, maybe three days if I have any fitness. I am also hoping to do the LT from Rutland to my home, assuming again I can get the time, realistically about seven/eight days. If time presses, I may be able to do Manchester to home in something like four/four and a half days.

Time is a killer as I am most busy in the summer, dealing with injuries professionally. I have worked at an athletic camp and of late at Spartan races as an Eventmedic. I have been inspired at the age of 64 to do my first Bad Mudder. I plan to work one day, run the other. This summer I will be doing medical work at a religiously oriented camp in the Berkshires.

And BTW I may carry the most first aid gear of anyone you are likely to meet. Why? No, Grasshopper, not for me, for you and the other less well equipped folk I meet: bleeding, sprained, going into anaphylaxis, etc.  I complained once in a forum about th weight of my kit and a reader suggested that the heaviest thing you can carry is a conscience.

Gear Reviews (15)

user rating: 4.5 of 5 Coghlan's Squeeze Tubes 7/07/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Esbit Alchohol Burner 7/05/2018
user rating: 0.5 of 5 Esbit Pocket Stove 7/05/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Kelty Cosmic Down 20 7/05/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 MSR PanHandler Pot Lifter 3/29/2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Optimus 8R 3/24/2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 P-38 U.S. Military Can Opener 3/22/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 UST BlastMatch 2/09/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 UCO Original Candle Lantern 1/14/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Appy Trails Mark V 1/14/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Rivendell Mountain Works Jensen 1/06/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Kelty Big Bend 12/02/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Kelty Tioga 12/02/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Deuter Aircontact 75+10 12/01/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Lowe Alpine Contour IV 90+15 11/29/2016


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