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Joseph Renow @jrenow

Reviewer of the Month: September 2013

1,772 reviewer rep
744 forum posts
joined Aug 8, 2013

I am a: 46-year-old
Location: Indiana
Occupation: Adjunct Professor



My Self

I would describe myself as someone who likes to go to remote places and stay there for days...sometimes weeks at a time. Typically my adventures involve a backpack…a bike...a kayak…or a canoe…but I've been known to car-camp (usually in the off-season). I probably solo more than anything else...but I couple a good deal...and go as a group at least several times a year.

My Philosophy

My general philosophy is less work and less cost are good things. Things need to be durable...and if they aren't...they should be simple/cheap/easy to replace. I like low pack-weights...but I am not a half toothbrush and polycro-tarp kinda guy...I usually carry a pillow...some fresh food...and sleeping clothes.

My Closet

I do not consider myself a gear-head...but over the years I have (self-consciously) accumulated a lot of to minimize this anxiety I am always attempting to reduce my collection. Doing so requires thinking about gear choices rather closely...which is sort of why I am here and why I participate. I figure participating in and advocating for minimalist practices is a way I can offset the paradox between a love for the outdoors and the costs of loving the outdoors.

My Setting

Though I have slept outdoors in many places…I very much have what I would call a home-region. Familiar terrain for me stretches roughly from Missouri in the West...Tennessee in the South...Virginia in the East...and Wisconsin in the North. Though not perfectly accurate...I would say I primarily spend my time in and around river-valleys and heavy woodland. For me...trees and water tend to be plentiful...sometimes too plentiful.

Finally...I do not enjoy sleeping outdoors when the temp is below least not without an external heat-source. I have spent a lot nights in cold weather...but I don't like it...and what I have experienced is nothing like the snow-cover for months at a time and 20-30 degrees below freezing variety...more freezing sleet with wind...its miserable and I have an out-sized love of fleece because of it.

Gear Reviews (28)

user rating: 4 of 5 NEMO Hornet 2P 7/03/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Mammut MTR 201 Tech Shirt 10/11/2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Ozark Trail Cocoon 200 1/31/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Ibex Hooded Indie 11/05/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 GoLite Tumalo Pertex 2.5-Layer Storm Jacket 10/13/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 ULA Ohm 2.0 10/13/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Sportslick 9/26/2013
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Casio SGW100B-3V 9/19/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Sea to Summit X-Set 2-Piece 9/15/2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 9/12/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Aqua Bound Shred Carbon 9/11/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Starter Long-Sleeve Dri-Star Shirt 9/11/2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Snow Peak Ti-Mini Solo Combo 9/11/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Camper 9/10/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Fenix HL21 9/08/2013
user rating: 2 of 5 Fuji FinePix XP20 9/06/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 ExOfficio Sol Cool Crew Long Sleeve Shirt 9/06/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Old Town Heron 9XT 9/01/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Mesa Pant 9/01/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 ExOfficio Reef Runner Lite Long-Sleeve Shirt 8/30/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Morakniv Classic 2 8/29/2013
user rating: 3 of 5 KA-BAR Becker Companion BK2 8/29/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Duration Permethrin 8/29/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork 8/22/2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium 8/21/2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Hard Anodized Extreme Mess Kit - 6 pc 8/21/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Sawyer Complete 4 Liter Gravity Water Purification System 8/21/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow 8/19/2013


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