Erich

Reviewer of the Month: April 2012

743 reviewer rep
1,432 forum posts
joined May 8, 2008

I am a: 64-year-old male wilderness traveler
Location: Shoreline, WA
Occupation: Writer/Photographer

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Snowshoeing
Backcountry skiing
Canoeing
Mountain biking

Vitals

Height5'11"
Weight178lbs
Boot/Shoe Size10
Jacket/Shirt SizeLarge

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.

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
user rating: 4 of 5 Mohawk Canoes Probe 13 5/19/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Old Town Penobscot 16 5/19/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 NEMO TUO Standard 1/12/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 NEMO Morpho AR 1/11/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Optimus Svea 123 5/08/2008

Blog Posts

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
Mad River Canoe launches Serenade 13, lightweight solo hybrid canoe August 4, 2011
Outdoor Retailer: Wenonah Recon solo whitewater canoe August 4, 2011
Outdoor Retailer: Innova goes PVC-free with inflatable kayaks August 4, 2011
Guide to Canoes and Paddles July 20, 2011
Choosing Your Canoe: Shapes and Curves July 10, 2011
Choosing a Paddle: Selecting Your Personal Propeller July 1, 2011
Gear Explained: Parts of a Canoe Paddle July 1, 2011
Choosing a Canoe: How Long? June 25, 2011
Gear Explained: Parts of a Canoe June 24, 2011
Choosing Your Canoe: Materials May 18, 2011
Gear Maker Profile: Cam Brensinger of NEMO Equipment January 12, 2010
Gear Maker Profile: Glen Van Peski of Gossamer Gear September 10, 2009

Forum Posts

Painting a canoe September 10, 2019
Seeking canoe recommendation for exploring NE rivers August 18, 2019
Anyone else have an appreciation for stripper canoes August 10, 2019
Old Town Candienne July 16, 2019
Kayaking abroad May 6, 2019
Freestyle canoeing December 17, 2018
Old guy canoe - Esquif Huron 16? October 16, 2018
Sticky or tacky waterproof coating on tent rainfly June 23, 2018
Glide wax on snowshoes February 18, 2018
Classic Canoeing Books May 17, 2018
How many people can fit in one Kayak? April 19, 2018
Survive the scenario March 17, 2018
Tent pitching tips for keeping gear healthy June 30, 2017
Do I really need a climbing helmet for bagging 14rs with class 3 routes? June 22, 2017
Colchuck Lake day hike June 27, 2017
Mount Baker, Rudy almost died July 5, 2017
Morning paddle May 27, 2017
Where is TS/Big Red now? April 18, 2017
Best mosquito repellent April 8, 2017
2 Snowshoers die in Avalanche March 18, 2017