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Reviewer of the Month: September 2016

3,827 reviewer rep
1,444 forum posts
joined Aug 17, 2014

I am a: male backpacker
Location: Lewisville , NC
Occupation: Environmental Consultant
Website: https://hikingshtick.smugmug.com/

Affiliations: I am a member of the Trailspace Review Corps, but have no ties to any outdoor manufacturers or retailers.

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Orienteering
Canoeing
Fishing

Vitals

Height6 ft
Weight170
Boot/Shoe Size11.5 wide
Pant Size33 W 32 L

I have been backpacking since the early 80's after moving to the US from the UK, where I remember walking in the Scottish highlands with my grandfather and along the rocky shores of England with my Dad. Most of my now monthly backpacking trips are from 2 to 4 nights due to work and family duties, with occasional trips up to a week or two.  I also day hike a good bit (as an alternative to the elliptical to keep in shape between trips) and jump in one of my canoes whenever I can for a trip down the river (just Class I or II for fun and relaxation) or the lake for some fishing.

Most of my backpacking experience is in the eastern US due to convenience, but I have spent time in the Rockies and backpacked in Big Bend and Glacier National Parks as well as many spots in between.  I have several favorite spots, but my favorite by far is my homeland of Scotland where you can roam and camp anywhere in the highlands.  I completed a 190 mile crossing of Scotland on foot in May 2018 as part of The Great Outdoors Challenge.

Gear Reviews (52)

user rating: 4 of 5 Therm-a-Rest Trekker Chair Kit 7/22/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Tilley LTM2 Airflow Hat 7/13/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Rab Men's Nexus Pull-On 7/04/2019
user rating: 3 of 5 ULA Equipment Pack Cover 6/30/2019
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Big Agnes AXL Air 10/31/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Trail Designs Kojin Stove 9/16/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Incrediwear Knee Sleeve 9/09/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Aqua Quest Trail Map Case 8/19/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 REI Men's Vaporush Windstopper Pants 8/11/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Big Agnes Third Degree 6/12/2018
user rating: 3 of 5 Keen Men's Targhee EXP Waterproof Mid 4/11/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Helly Hansen HH Lifa Merino Pant 3/31/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Helly Hansen Men's HH Lifa Merino 1/2 Zip 3/31/2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit 3/10/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Tarptent StratoSpire 1 2/10/2018
user rating: 3 of 5 Proster Anemometer 12/22/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid 10/03/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Vargo Triad Multi-Fuel Stove 9/04/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 humangear GoBites Duo 8/27/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Vargo Titanium Folding Spork 8/01/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Packit Gourmet Texas State Fair Chili 6/17/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents 4/09/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent 4/09/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Marmot Men's Ether DriClime Jacket 4/01/2017
user rating: 3 of 5 GSI Outdoors 10 Oz. Flask 2/18/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 ULA Equipment Ohm 2.0 1/29/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter 1/15/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter 1/08/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Good To-Go Thai Curry 12/23/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Good To-Go Smoked Three Bean Chili 12/20/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Bushnell PowerView 12x 25mm Folding Binoculars 11/26/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Packit Gourmet Santa Fe Breakfast Corn Pudding 11/21/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Coghlan's Fire Paste 10/30/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Amphipod Swift-Clip Cap Light 10/02/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 REI Trail Chair 9/15/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Old Town Pack 8/28/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Smartwater Bottles 8/27/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Rite in the Rain All-Weather Memo Book No. 374-M 8/20/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Vargo 1.3 Liter Titanium Pot 8/16/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Trail Designs Ultralight Glasses 8/15/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof 5/14/2016
user rating: 3 of 5 Sea to Summit Delta Insul-Mug 4/17/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Marmot Tungsten 3P 10/17/2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 NEMO Astro Lite Insulated 10/13/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 Princeton Tec Sync 10/03/2015
user rating: 2.5 of 5 REI AirRail 1.5 Self-Inflating Pad 6/29/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 REI Campware Cup 4/10/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 Feathered Friends Osprey UL 30 4/05/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 LightHeart Gear SoLong 6 10/21/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri 10/21/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Marmot Sawtooth 15 8/17/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Gregory Z 55 8/17/2014

Trip Reports

Trying for a good start to 2019 January 28, 2019
Scotland - TGO Challenge 2018 - Part 3 of 3 June 9, 2018
Scotland - TGO Challenge 2018 - Part 2 of 3 June 7, 2018
Scotland - TGO Challenge 2018 - Part 1 of 3 June 4, 2018
Last couple of months in the SE mountains February 20, 2018
John Muir Trail - Tennessee October 29, 2017
Shining Rock Wilderness NC September 23, 2017
Dolly Sods Wilderness WV August 27, 2017
A quick tour through Maine and New Hampshire July 4, 2017
Back on the trail! June 17, 2017
Grayson Highlands "Winter" Weekend March 2, 2017
Rainy weekend in the Uwharrie Mountains January 29, 2017
Linville Gorge Trip, and Fall... December 27, 2016
Couple of quick trips in the Southeast November 20, 2016
Shining Rock & Middle Prong Wilderness NC September 15, 2016
Earliest Backpacking Photos? August 21, 2016
5 days on the AT in Virginia November 21, 2015
Shining Rock Wilderness NC October 18, 2015
NC Mountain Weekend August 1, 2015
Birkhead Wilderness NC - Quick trip March 26, 2015

Forum Posts

Congratulations, Seth and Maine Coast Heritage Trust August 20, 2019
Canoe Route Maps what do the P numbers mean? August 20, 2019
Your thoughts on hiking poles August 29, 2019
TS at Cloudland Canyon August 27, 2019
What could go wrong? August 19, 2019
LNT in the new millenium August 14, 2019
Iceland II: Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls August 9, 2019
How to glue backpack August 11, 2019
The argument for a single trekking pole and rubber tips. July 27, 2019
Outdoor Insiders' Top 10 Tips for Standout Gear Reviews August 7, 2019
Iceland I: Hornstrandir August 6, 2019
TS on a break August 6, 2019
Morning in Zion sunrise to 10 am June 9, 2019
Trailspace in Chamonix August 5, 2019
I think I had a mild case of snow blindness, help? July 25, 2019
TS in Iceland August 3, 2019
Do you use gaiters for mild weather trips? July 29, 2019
The Nth Degree of SUL Gear - is it for you? July 26, 2019
Pot Shots July 24, 2019
Going back to a flashlight for some trips July 23, 2019