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Reviewer of the Month: December 2012

800 reviewer rep
2,162 forum posts
joined Jan 15, 2010

I am a: 41-year-old backpacker
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Occupation: Fine Artist

Affiliations: *Industry Affiliation Disclosure: I am facebook "friends" with Petra Hilleberg, though I've never met her in person. What can I say, I'm well connected ;)


Trail running
Rock climbing


Height5ft 8in
Torso Length17.5"
Boot/Shoe Size 9
Jacket/Shirt SizeL (16.5 neck, 32-33 length)
Pant Size36 waist, 31 inseam

Just a lover of the wild places.

- Favorite areas: Citico Wilderness, Slickrock Winderness, Laurel-Snow and North Chickamauga Pocket Wilderness areas, Shoshone National Forest, The Tetons, etc...

- Experience:

Hiking and backpacking in the Appalachian and Cumberland mountains since childhood. Also some white water boating, canoeing, trail running, vertical rope work, bouldering, caving, and fishing. Wilderness and primitive survival are also great interests.


Sierra Designs Revival 65 backpackĀ (received as TS Review Corps test item)

High Sierra Appalachian 75 backpack

Camelbalk Transformer daypack (mil spec)

Eureka Pinnacle Pass 3XTA (not happy with this tent)

Blanca Peak 2-man 3 season tent

Military Surplus Gortex Bivy

Silnylon Poncho Tarp (emergency)

Valandre Bloody Mary down sleeping bag

Alps Mountaineering 20 synthetic sleeping bag,

Ledge 0 synthetic sleeping bag

Sierra Designs Zissou Lite 30F (received as TS Review Corps test item)

ThermaRest Prolite 4,

Big Agnes Primaloft Aircore Sleep Pad

Optimus Nova Plus stove & various fuel bottles

DIY Alcohol Stoves

MSR BlackLite cookset

SnowPeak Titanium Personal Cookset

Snow Peak Ti mugs

MSR Aircraft Aluminium Utensils

Various sizes Kleen Kanteen stainless water bottles, Nalgenes, etc.

Katadyn Hiker Pro water filter,

Aquamira straw

Self-assembled First Aid and Survival Kits

North Face Mountain Light Jacket and RedPoint Primaloft zip-in jacket

Sherpa Lungta Hybrid Shell pants

Merino Base Layer

Icebreaker Merino Glove Liners

Montane Featherlight 750+ down jacketĀ (received as TS Review Corps test item)

Guide Gear 600FP Down Jacket

Alico Tahoe FGL Boots

Black Diamond Trekking Poles

IceTrekkers Traction Device

If you want to look me up on FB:

Gear Reviews (7)

user rating: 4 of 5 Leki Micro Tour Stick Vario 11/10/2015
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Snow Peak Penta Air 9/20/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Montane Featherlite Down Jacket 1/04/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Sierra Designs Zissou 30 Lite 11/15/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 Sierra Designs Revival 65 7/20/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 Light My Fire Spork Original 7/28/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 High Sierra Appalachian 75 1/16/2010


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