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joined Oct 12, 2008

I am a: 66-year-old backpacker
Location: Flagstaff AZ, AZ
Occupation: Retired February 2018


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

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)

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 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 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
user rating: 5 of 5 Katadyn Hiker 8/14/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 GoLite Infinity Pack 2/24/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 The North Face Cat's Meow 11/24/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Vibram FiveFingers Classic 8/14/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 GoLite Hex 3 Shelter 3/25/2010
user rating: 2 of 5 Teva Karnali Wraptor 10/21/2008
user rating: 5 of 5 Brunton Glorb LED Lantern 10/21/2008
user rating: 5 of 5 GoLite Feather 10/16/2008
user rating: 5 of 5 GoLite Shangri-La 3 10/15/2008
user rating: 5 of 5 The North Face VE 25 10/14/2008


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