Jayson Merryfield

297 reviewer rep
34 forum posts
joined Jun 19, 2017

I am a: 39-year-old backpacker
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Occupation: Accountant
Website: http://www.thehinterlandprinces.com


Mountain biking


Boot/Shoe Size10
Jacket/Shirt SizeL

I grew up camping, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, sport climbing.... the long & short of it is that I was in Scouting for 12 years growing up, and had an amazing core group of leaders who took us on many adventures, and facilitated the crazy things we wanted to get up to. Coming from a family that was outdoorsy but not particularly adventurous, it was a great upbringing. 

Queue my 20's, when my adventurousness fell thoroughly off the map in the rush of dating, marriage, home ownership, education, careers, plus a dozen other poor excuses. 

Since having children 8 years ago, my love of adventure and the backcountry has been reignited, partly because it's something I want to pass this feeling I have along to my children, but mostly because I'm discovering how much I get mentally, physically, and spiritually from being in touch with the wilder sides of nature. 

And so, I am learning. I am relearning. I'm finding new ways of getting into nature, new perspectives, new techniques, new tools, and pushing beyond old limits to find new adventures to take both myself and my two little boys on.

Gear Reviews (6)

user rating: 4 of 5 Saucony Men's Koa ST 1/30/2020
user rating: 4 of 5 Therm-a-Rest Apogee Quilt 4/23/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Eureka! Midori 2 3/28/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Adidas Men's adizero Boston 6 6/12/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Primus ClassicTrail 9/05/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Eureka! Timberline SQ 4XT 6/20/2017

Trip Reports

My weekend on the Fryatt Valley Trail, Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada September 4, 2019
David Thompson Country - Taking my boys up Allstones Creek May 24, 2018

Forum Posts

Do you like coffee on the trail? July 18, 2019
2020 Goals? January 21, 2020
Need advice for some good quality budget self-standing tent. Considering NatureHike Star River 2 January 30, 2020
Pot Shots July 24, 2019
"Down the rabbit hole" with Lori, Reviewer of the Month September 4, 2019
My weekend on the Fryatt Valley Trail, Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada September 4, 2019
Ground cloths: Inside or under the tent? June 15, 2019
End "CLOSiNG" threads - PLEASE May 4, 2019
Looking for a camping/adventure backpack advice May 8, 2019
Pot size February 2, 2019
Free camping in Norway May 3, 2019
Congratulations, Tyler our Sierra Designs Gear Winner April 30, 2019
My dog peed on my tent! April 24, 2019
Writer needs advice April 15, 2019
What are peoples objections to spending time in the outdoors? April 8, 2019
Old but good gear March 10, 2019
Do you use base layers? February 11, 2019
First Backpacking of 2019- closed roads & government shutdown January 18, 2019
What size daypack do you use? January 3, 2019
Toddler Hiking September 21, 2018