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James Steen

90 reviewer rep
2 forum posts
joined Oct 23, 2012

Location: Grand Rapids, MI



I am from West Michigan.  I love being outside.  I enjoy hiking, backpacking, fly fishing, kayaking, running, and working out at the gym.  Currently I reside in the Beer Capital of the US - Grand Rapids, Michigan and as such I enjoy trying new craft beers. 

I have been backpacking since about 1995.  I am a bit of an old school backpacker in that I embrace products that may not be as cutting edge and I'm not super conscious about the weight of my pack.  My philosophy is that at end of a day's hike, if you're not in pain somehow, you didn't hike far enough.  That's probably how I've earned the nickname of Sherpa. 

I mostly hike Michigan trails in the northern lower peninsula but I've also hiked in the Wisconsin area, Pennsylvania, California, and Montana. 

My favorite back country spots are hiking the North Country Trail through Tahquamenon Falls State Park, or along the Manistee River.  The 70 mile loop of the High Country Pathway is awesome as well.  South Manitou Island is a favorite just for the views alone along with Picture Rocks National Lakeshore.  Sand Lake Quiet Area, Hoist Lakes Foot Travel Area, and the Jordan River Pathway are also among my top favorite places too.

My goal is to someday hike the North Country Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. 

Gear Reviews (9)

user rating: 4.5 of 5 Marmot Storm Shield Jacket 11/08/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia Gi III Pant 11/06/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 Therm-a-Rest Z Lite 11/06/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 Ruffwear Big Eddy Float Coat 11/05/2012
user rating: 2 of 5 Eagles Nest Outfitters Twilights 11/05/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 11/05/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 Ruffwear The Roamer Leash 10/25/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Big Agnes Dual Core 10/23/2012
user rating: 3 of 5 GoLite Shangri-La 3 10/23/2012


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