GaryPalmer

244 reviewer rep
5,377 forum posts
joined Oct 12, 2008

I am a: 63-year-old male backpacker
Location: Western N. America
Occupation: Retired February 2018
Email: cgptsnaz56@gmail.com

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Snowshoeing
Trail running
Orienteering
Backcountry skiing
Mountaineering
Canyoneering
Geocacheing
Canoeing
Mountain biking
Fishing
Photographer
bicycle tourer
desert rat/hiker
5.10 canyoneer
Adventure traveler
Bacakpacker
Etc
Etc
Etc

Vitals

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

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!

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
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 Men's Cat's Meow 11/24/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Vibram Men's FiveFingers Classic 8/14/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 GoLite Hex 3 Shelter 3/25/2010
user rating: 2 of 5 Teva Men's 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

Trip Reports

Back in Flagstaff August 18, 2019
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
Back in Flagstaff AZ October 6, 2018
Sunrise in Jackson Hole WY this morning June 28, 2018
35 mile bicycle ride Sunday June 25, 2018
41 years an adventure traveler June 15, 2018
Arrived at the North Rim, start work soon May 8, 2018
5 years ago today April 12, 2018
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument ride April 7, 2018
Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments yesterday March 31, 2018
Bike ride on the Arizona Trail March 29, 2018
My ongoing travels this fall. October 5, 2017
Durango Colorado to Flagstaff Arizona bicycle tour September 4, 2017
Solar eclipse August 22, 2017
40 year anniversary coming up! May 8, 2017
Silverton Colorado May 7, 2017

Forum Posts

The Nth Degree of SUL Gear - is it for you? July 26, 2019
Puffy Jacket Alternatives? September 25, 2019
Back to Tucson Monday October 12, 2019
Free topographical maps and hybrid aerial views anywhere USA September 20, 2019
Is the compass obsolete? July 20, 2019
Canadian Military Rucksack Frame 1950's/60's era. rebuild September 7, 2019
Do you use gaiters for mild weather trips? July 29, 2019
What is the name of this backpack? August 29, 2019
Desalination of seawater September 8, 2019
Online Mapping July 18, 2019
Before Spar Varnish August 30, 2019
Pot Shots July 24, 2019
Rx: nature September 5, 2019
Marmot Minimalist Aspen 40F/4C sleeping bag FS August 27, 2019
Two Fat Bicycle Tires For Sale August 23, 2019
Back in Flagstaff August 18, 2019
Seldom Seen: A Poignant Look Back at Glen Canyon Before the Dam August 16, 2019
My Cup Runneth Over July 4, 2019
Who has gone stoveless or to "cold soaking" exclusively? June 24, 2019
Ground cloths: Inside or under the tent? June 15, 2019