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5,458 forum posts
joined Oct 12, 2008
Location: Flagstaff AZ, AZ
Occupation: Retired February 2018
|Pant Size||34x36 inches|
I am a 65 year old, veteran of hiking, camping, traveling, bicycle touring and photography. I have been all over the USA since my first solo trip in 1977 at age 21. Before that I was a Boy Scout and grew up in the country playing in the woods and camping in them with friends. I never grew tired of being outdoors.
I hitchhiked 10,000 miles in the summer of 1977, ending up after going around the lower 48 states, in Alaska where I lived, working winters and hiking summers for 2 1/4 years. After returning to my parents home in Arkansas I started traveling extensively for 1 1/2 years and stayed to working just a few months a year (summers) and taking to the road by bike and the trails by foot the 6-9 months of the year I am unemployed by choice.
I have never owned a house, car (don't even know how to drive) or had any major bills. I spend way to much living in towns when I stop to work summers compared to what I live on 6-9 months a year at around $200-$300 a month, more for cycling than hiking. I bike tour about 5000 miles a year and hike about 2500 miles year on trails and routes thru the woods. More than often I follow game trails and river beds and only do tourist trails when I don't know my way around or just want to see the sights in parks.
I recently retired at age 62 and am now just an adventure traveler as I have been since June 15th 1977, 41 years today!
Gear Reviews (19)
|Marmot Aspen 40 Ultralight||9/09/2017|
|Aquamira Water Treatment Drops||9/30/2015|
|Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Hoody||11/18/2013|
|Canon EOS Rebel T3||10/23/2013|
|P-38 U.S. Military Can Opener||8/08/2013|
|Mountain Hardwear Meridian 2||12/02/2012|
|Ensolite Sleeping Pad||11/30/2012|
|REI Polar Pod 25||12/05/2011|
|Black Diamond Apollo||8/18/2011|
|GoLite Infinity Pack||2/24/2011|
|The North Face Cat's Meow||11/24/2010|
|Vibram FiveFingers Classic||8/14/2010|
|GoLite Hex 3 Shelter||3/25/2010|
|Teva Karnali Wraptor||10/21/2008|
|Brunton Glorb LED Lantern||10/21/2008|
|GoLite Shangri-La 3||10/15/2008|
|The North Face VE 25||10/14/2008|
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