Reviewer of the Month: April 2012

743 reviewer rep
1,399 forum posts
joined May 8, 2008

Full Name: private
64-year-old male wilderness traveler
Shoreline, WA
Occupation: Writer/Photographer
Email: private

Gear Reviews (15)

user rating: 4.5 of 5 Mad River Outrage X 6/05/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Mitchell Paddles Premier 5/22/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Optimus 111B 5/20/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Hemlock Eagle 5/15/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Duluth #3 Original Duluth Pack 11/04/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Churchill River Canoe Outfitters Nylon Campfire Tent 5x7 10/28/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Nova Craft Trapper Solo 4/26/2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 NEMO Morpho 1P 3/29/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Hunersdorff High Altitude Water Bottle 3/29/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Pro-tec Classic Full Cut Water 5/20/2010

Forum Posts (1399)

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Blog Posts (17)

How to Paddle a Canoe: Strokes and Techniques June 3, 2012
Chaco and Merrell move up and down footwear line September 7, 2011
Comfortable paddling from Nova Craft, Kokatat, Teva August 31, 2011
New Product Lines from Old(er) Companies August 30, 2011
Exped and NEMO help users live outdoors comfortably August 6, 2011


I started backpacking in the Washington Cascades with my parents in about 1964. In the mid 70's I started climbing, and spent most of my climbing career on the West Coast, before getting out of more extreme alpinism in about 1989. In 2002, I started going on canoe expeditions in Canada's North. My career for more than 20 years, was as a cinematographer on documentaries mainly, but also on commercials and features. My clients included National Geographic, WGBH Boston, the BBC, and the Discovery Channel. In 2002, I switched to print media, writing and photographing environmental and recreational articles, with a primary focus on Canada's North. I'm a bit of gear head, with the caveat that I prefer simple and rugged products and will choose those over saving a few grams or reducing the size by a few millimeters.


Backcountry skiing
Mountain biking


Boot/Shoe Size10
Jacket/Shirt SizeLarge