Jerry Caldwell


109 reviewer rep
19 forum posts
joined Nov 20, 2019

I am a: 52-year-old backpacker
Location: Chapin, SC
Occupation: Coffee Shop Owner




Boot/Shoe Size10

My first ever hiking trip was the summer of 1985 on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. During that trip our group ran into a gentleman thru-hiking the trail on his way to Maine. I've been hooked ever since.

After completing a 20-year career in the Marines with little to no recreational camping (except for a hike up Mt. Saint Helens in 2002), I am back at it in full force. I'm now the owner of a coffee shop, a practicing Vegan, and an avid hiker. I try to get to the mountains every other weekend, especially during the summer months.

The hikers I've met express different reasons for wanting to be out in the wilderness. For me, it is not about getting away from it all. I'm happy during the rare occasions when I have mobile coverage at a campsite. I love hiking simply because I enjoy the challenges, the rewards, and the beauty of all that nature has to offer.

My philosophy for hiking is simple. Hike your own hike. Enjoy it in the manner which makes you the happiest. Worry less about the expectations of others. Coincidentally, this is also my philosophy for living life.

I've started a hiking club with a website, which provide an introduction to the basics of backpacking. Please check it out if you get a chance. - We allow new and experienced backpackers to join.

Gear Reviews (4)

user rating: 4.5 of 5 OutdoorsmanLab Ultralight Inflatable Pad 11/24/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Mountain Mojo Collapsible Coffee Dripper 11/24/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Klymit Insulated Static V Lite 11/21/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Hyke & Byke Zion 2P 11/20/2019

Forum Posts

How Do You Cope During Long Periods of No Hiking? February 11, 2020
my admission November 30, 2019
bear bags or food bags November 27, 2019
Going Forward November 23, 2019
Coffee On The Trail November 22, 2019
My Journey as a Trail Guide - Part 3 of 3 November 22, 2019
My Journey as a Trail Guide - Part 2 of 3 November 21, 2019
My Journey as a Trail Guide - Part 1 of 3 November 20, 2019