Gecko

16 reviewer rep
13 forum posts
joined Jun 6, 2006

I am a: 63-year-old female backpacker
Location: Rolla, MO
Occupation: Software Engineer & Writer

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Geocacheing
Canoeing
Mountain biking
Fishing
Swimming
snorkeling
diving

Vitals

Height5' 3"
Weight130 lbs
Boot/Shoe Size7
Jacket/Shirt Size8-10 small
Pant Size8-10 small

I'm an ultra-lightweight backacker because I enjoy the technical aspect of bringing the minimal amount of survival gear as well as the freedom that a smaller load gives me. I practice urban stealth camping using my Hennessy Hammock, and I go on long mountain bike treks either on the trail or off, and stealth camp along the way. Meaning that I camp out of the way of the main traffic on the trail. I've hiked the Florida Trail, many sections of the Appalachian Trail, Pikes Peak, all over Hawaii, and most currently a biking and backpacking exploration of the springs and caves of Missouri. No, we don't bike in the caves, but it has crossed my mind!

For me the way that everyday concerns disappear the moment I'm on the trail represents the freedom that I most enjoy about the outdoors. If you suggested a range of outdoor activities I'd pick backpacking, hiking, biking, van camping, and camping, in that order. I find trails to hike everywhere, even down a city street.

Hike on!

Gear Reviews (4)

user rating: 5 of 5 Black Diamond RPM 4/07/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 Marmot Pounder 3/29/2009
user rating: 2 of 5 Granite Gear Vapor Ki 6/06/2006
user rating: 5 of 5 Kelty MG 6/06/2006

Forum Posts

World's Oldest Leather Shoe Found: Custom made, long-distance walker June 10, 2010
Hiking Etiquette 101 February 24, 2010
rediscovered a great fire starter January 3, 2010
Bringing dogs with you...safer or not February 25, 2010
Backpacking for weight loss - pros, cons, advice March 5, 2010
RUN AWAY!! RUN AWAY!!! (it's got nasty teeth!) March 9, 2010
Keeping Sanctified in the Backcountry March 12, 2009
too much technology? March 13, 2009
Would you take a compact chair/stool hiking? March 11, 2009
Best food for backpacking? January 15, 2009