Reviewer of the Month: September 2016

3,569 reviewer rep
1,335 forum posts
joined Aug 17, 2014

Full Name: private
male backpacker
Lewisville , NC
Occupation: Environmental Consultant
Website: https://hikingshtick.smugmug.com/
Email: private

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

Gear Reviews (48)

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 LIFA Merino Pant 3/31/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Helly Hansen HH Lifa Merino 1/2 Zip 3/31/2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit 3/10/2018

Forum Posts (1335)

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Trip Reports (20)

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


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.




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