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joined Sep 5, 2011

I am a: 51-year-old backpacker
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Student
Website: http://www.davidtierney.com


Trail running
Adventure racing


Height5' 8"
Torso Length19"
Boot/Shoe Size9.5
Jacket/Shirt Size38
Pant Size32w 30l

My father was an avid car camper.  He took me to every uncrowded (aka, unpopular) campground from Los Angeles to Belle Fourche, whether I wanted to or not.  By high school, I was definitely feeling "or not."  Shortly after, I joined the Marine Corps and spent five years sleeping outdoors, usually in a moldy canvas tent with thirty other Marines, and for long periods of time (during the Gulf War I slept in a moldy canvas tent for seven months or so).  I also started hiking.  What I mean to say is, humping the 50 pounds (plus) of pack and gear for fifteen (plus) miles as fast as we possibly could.  By my EAS, I hated camping and hiking.

Time passes, however.  Nostalgia has made me the hard-as-nails Marine I want others to think I was (My 4063 MOS might make me hard at ComicCon, but not with other Marines).  My tents are no longer moldy canvas, my packs are not named A.L.I.C.E., and now I can bring both people I choose and my favorite booze (Yay, Booze) into the back country.  It is a fundamentally different experience  -- one for which I have become the most annoying of proselytizers.  I also have secret dreams of someday leading my son to be the youngest thru-hiker on the PCT (but I won't be like my father, right?).

I'm fit (I run an 8-minute mile), but not very (can't run more than five at that pace).  I do not enjoy shredding down a steep single-track  -- to be honest, I really don't know what a "single-track" is.  Kayaks and canoes are cool, but expensive.  I am not a mountaineer or a rock climber, nor do I expect to be.  I am certainly not averse to risks, but I don't like inventing them for my bourgeois entertainment...though I will try anything just to say that I had.  Or, if you dare me.

My favorite trips are the ones that, by virtue of some arduous or unpleasant interim, lead to a beautiful spot whose views can only be taken in by those whose whining has not prevented them from enduring a thing or two. 

If you have a sense of humor, if your whining has not been so recalcitrant that I have been forced to smear you with the edible contents of your pack and strand you in some mosquito-infested, Grizzly-patrolled stink-swamp wearing nothing but gorse, cholla, and fiberglass skivvies so that you may contemplate actual discomfort, if you can -- in this setting -- appreciate the universality of the basic wants of people from every walk of life and corner of the globe and contemplate our shared relative insignificance, then I probably wouldn't mind sharing a dram with you.

Gear Reviews (7)

user rating: 4 of 5 Brooks Men's Cascadia 7 9/23/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Osprey Talon 11 2/25/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 REI Flash 18 12/28/2011
user rating: 2 of 5 Kelty Men's Mistral 20 9/28/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 KA-BAR Full-size USMC Ka-Bar 9/20/2011
user rating: 3 of 5 Kelty Compression Stuff Sacks 9/15/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Kelty Redwing 2650 9/13/2011

Forum Posts

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Wool against my skin April 19, 2012
Filter April 19, 2012
Boots April 19, 2012
What's in your survival kit? November 9, 2011
Why do we hike? December 2, 2011
Cheap, durable, versatile, cheap 3-season sleeping bag for cheap roller. October 6, 2011
Best defense against the mosquitos? September 26, 2011
Looking For A Versatile Pack September 2, 2011
Utah man banned from Grand Canyon for illegal run of river April 7, 2011
Dogs Save Hikers from Cougar September 20, 2011
Celebrate outdoors with Clif Climber pouch wine May 29, 2011