244 reviewer rep
5,346 forum posts
joined Oct 12, 2008

Full Name: private
63-year-old male backpacker
Western N. America
Occupation: Retired February 2018
Email: private

Gear Reviews (20)

user rating: 2.5 of 5 Marmot Aspen 40 Ultralight 9/09/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Aquamira Water Treatment Drops 9/30/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 Outdoor Research Men's Transcendent Down Hoody 11/18/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Canon EOS Rebel T3 10/23/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 P-38 U.S. Military Can Opener 8/08/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Photo Stamps 8/03/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Meridian 2 12/02/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Ensolite Sleeping Pad 11/30/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 REI Polar Pod 25 12/05/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 Black Diamond Apollo 8/18/2011

Forum Posts (5346)

Re: Ground cloths: Inside or under the tent? June 17, 2019
Re: WTB: TNF VE24 Pole Set June 13, 2019
Morning in Zion sunrise to 10 am June 9, 2019
Re: Bike ride down lower Zion Canyon this morning. June 6, 2019
Up Zion Canyon today June 4, 2019

Trip Reports (184)

Morning in Zion sunrise to 10 am June 9, 2019
Up Zion Canyon today June 4, 2019
Bike ride down lower Zion Canyon this morning. June 3, 2019
750 Miles in the Grand Canyon March 27, 2019
Swim in November October 28, 2018


I am a 62 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!


Trail running
Backcountry skiing
Mountain biking
bicycle tourer
desert rat/hiker
5.10 canyoneer
Adventure traveler


Height6' 6"
Weight230 lbs
Boot/Shoe Size13-14
Jacket/Shirt SizeMedium-large
Pant Size34x36 inches