Inga Aksamit

MEDIA INCENTIVIZED REVIEWER
Reviewer of the Month: September 2017

848 reviewer rep
2 forum posts
joined Aug 13, 2016

I am a: 61-year-old female backpacker
Location: Sonoma County, CA
Occupation: Outdoor writer, backpacking trip leader

Affiliations: TrailSpace Reviewer of the Month September 2017! I'm a Sierra Club backpack trip leader and conduct backpacking classes at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in California. My focus is on moderately long distance hiking (100-200 miles) and light/ultralight gear. I've been testing and reviewing backcountry gear for several years for major manufacturers. I attend the Outdoor Retailer show regularly.

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Snowshoeing
Canoeing
Mountain biking
Skiing

Vitals

Height5' 8"
Weight132 lbs
Boot/Shoe Size9
Jacket/Shirt SizeMedium
Pant Size8

I'm an enthusiastic explorer who loves to share my discoveries, whether it's a stunning scenic location, a challenging backpacking route or an essential piece of backcountry gear.  I hike and backpack in the summer and downhill ski in the winter. My favorite hikes are 100-200 miles long, mostly in the Sierra in California but also in other countries. I've published two books, "Highs and Lows on the John Muir Trail" and "The Hungry Spork: A Long Distance Hiker's Guide to Meal Planning." I've been testing and reviewing gear for such major manufacturers as Sierra Designs, Gossamer Gear, ExOfficio, REI and Granite Gear, among others, for several years. I love learning about products, manufacturing techniques, social consciousness and try to target products for their best use, whether it's car camping, backpacking or travel. 

Gear Reviews (33)

user rating: 5 of 5 Lake Tahoe Camping with Privacy 10/13/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit 7/31/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Gossamer Gear The One 6/25/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Pakems Chamonix - Mesh 6/12/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Falcon Guides Sierra Summits: A Guide to Fifty Peak Experiences in California's Range of Light 3/25/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Therm-a-Rest Down Pillow 10/27/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Tailwind Rebuild 9/22/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Lorissa's Kitchen Premium Steak Strips 9/18/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Kate's Tiki Bar 9/18/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Therm-a-Rest Women's NeoAir XLite 8/13/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Sierra Designs Nitro 800 / 0 Degree 8/12/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Toad&Co Americano Hat 6/01/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Sierra Designs High Side 1 5/05/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 4/26/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 2/11/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna 11/14/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 CamelBak Sequoia 22 11/08/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Organic Valley Organic Fuel Whey Protein Powder 10/26/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Cusa Premium Instant Tea 10/03/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL 9/17/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Mighty Organic Original Beef Jerky 9/11/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Redwick's Preserves Freeze-Dried Food 8/03/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Trailfoody The Wanderer 7/23/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Hydrapak SoftFlask 150 ml 6/30/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Oboz Women's Sawtooth Low Waterproof 6/04/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Altra Women's Lone Peak 3.0 5/11/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 ExOfficio Terma 1/4 Zip 2/22/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Granite Gear Lutsen 55 12/21/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps 9/27/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 GoMacro Macrobar 9/02/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 CEP Dynamic+ Merino Short Cut Socks 9/02/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 ExOfficio Give-N-Go Lacy Bikini 9/02/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 UCO Leschi Lantern + Flashlight 8/13/2016

Trip Reports

Tahoe to Yosemite on the PCT: Daily Trip Report May 30, 2018

Forum Posts

Tahoe to Yosemite on the PCT: Daily Trip Report May 30, 2018