giftogab

Reviewer of the Month: July 2012

602 reviewer rep
1,523 forum posts
joined Jul 11, 2011

I am a: 58-year-old female hiker
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Occupation: Attorney
Website: http://www.WhelanTrek.com

Affiliations: My only affiliation with anything outdoors is: They take my money, I get a product. The end. I am now a member of the Review Corps and will be reviewing samples provided to Trail Space.

Activities

Hiking
Rock climbing
Kayaking
Mountain biking
Machu Picchu Trek 2014
Mt. Everest Base Camp 2012
Trekking Cow Pie Tossing

Vitals

Height5'8"
WeightGirls don't tell
Torso Lengthuh huh.....
Boot/Shoe Size9.5
Jacket/Shirt SizeReally?
Pant SizeBigger than I like

I practice law in Las Vegas and hike in the Red Rock, Valley of Fire and Mt. Charleston areas. I went to Everest Base Camp in 2012 and it was a life changing experience. The biggest physical challenge of my life.

September 2014 is my second BIG ADVENTURE as I will go to Machu Picchu, Peru and trek in!

I also kayak at Lake Mead and on the flat water of the Colorado between Boulder (Hoover) Dam and Lake Mojave.

Feels great to get back to who I used to be!

If you are reading this, thanks in advance for all of your help. Many of you have assisted me already and that makes this site worth coming back to.

Having been here for 3 years. I am now doing reviews for the Review Corps. I am excited to try to use my knowledge and experience to test out gear and help readers determine whether it would be useful for them or not. I mostly day hike and do treks that are supported, kayak, climb and bike and my testing will reflect that. I am also a plus sized girl and this aspect of getting outdoors will also come into the usefulness of gear for those of us who find it hard to get things that fit.

Gear Reviews (16)

user rating: 3 of 5 Deuter Futura 30 SL 5/29/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Julbo Explorer 5/12/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Superfeet Berry 9/19/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Keen Men's Oregon PCT 9/19/2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 REI Men's Lookout 40 Pack 8/31/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Black Diamond ReVolt 8/29/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Deuter Futura Pro 42 6/29/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Old Town Vapor 10XT 6/25/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 REI Doppio Stainless-Steel Tumbler 6/11/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia Men's Fitz Roy Down Hoody 2/09/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Leki Corklite Aergon Speedlock 11/01/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Old Town Vapor 10 10/26/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 GoGirl Female Urination Device 10/26/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 Peter Rabbit Organics Mango, Banana, and Orange Fruit Snack 10/18/2011
user rating: 0.5 of 5 Highgear Solar Pod 10/18/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 Eddie Bauer Men's First Ascent Hangfire Hoodie 10/10/2011

Trip Reports

Trail Canyon --Mt. Charleston, NV. August 25, 2014
North Loop Mt. Charleston, Nevada August 10, 2014
Day Hike: The 404 Trial (Black Mountain, Henderson Nevada) March 27, 2014
Narrows Fun and Frivolity 09/2013 October 4, 2013
BiilS out on shanks mare in Innsbrook October 1, 2013
Death Valley Days October 15, 2012
He did it! August 29, 2012
Me n Hawley April 12, 2012
Just Checking in from Dingbouche, Nepal April 4, 2012
Whelan Summits Black Mountain -- Ticker Tape Parade Planned! February 13, 2012
VIDEO - Calico Tanks at Red Rock Canyon's Sandstone Quarry November 13, 2011
The Hamlet Wall - Red Rock Canyon, Nevada October 24, 2011

Forum Posts

Lhakpa Sherpa has climbed Everest more than any other woman May 11, 2016
Camino de Santiago December 26, 2015
There is no such thing as a "handicap" November 20, 2014
what medications should I pack for long trekking trip in Nepal? October 27, 2014
mountaineering boots for Nepal mountain hike? October 22, 2014
update on newbie in Minnesota August 27, 2014
IncaTrek 2014 August 30, 2014
Deepest pit in the United States August 27, 2014
Wales - Black Mountains overnighter August 25, 2014
Mt Whitney as if you were coming through the JMT August 27, 2014
Trailspace at Big Pine Lakes August 25, 2014
mailing list August 24, 2014
Trail Canyon --Mt. Charleston, NV. August 25, 2014
Trailspace on Trail Canyon August 24, 2014
Final moments of Peru Prep August 21, 2014
Reel Rock 8 Everest episode, very clear August 19, 2014
Hood, Rainier, Baker? August 18, 2014
Rainier Aug 2014 August 8, 2014
North Loop Mt. Charleston, Nevada August 10, 2014
Countdown to Peru August 10, 2014