Inga Aksamit

641 reviewer rep
2 forum posts
joined Aug 13, 2016

Full Name: Inga Aksamit
60-year-old female backpacker
Sonoma County, CA
Occupation: Outdoor writer, backpacking trip leader
Email: private

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.


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. 


Mountain biking


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