Junglecommando

300 reviewer rep
4 forum posts
joined Jan 19, 2013

I am a: male hiker
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
Occupation: Dentist

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Trail running
Backcountry skiing
Rock climbing
Canyoneering
Kayaking
Fishing
Caves

Vitals

Height5'9
Weight195
Boot/Shoe Size9.5
Jacket/Shirt SizeL
Pant Size34/30

I'm a product of Seattle, WA where everybody in High School camped, skied, and owned a North Face Denali.  My experience in the outdoors started when my father took me backpacking at the age of 4 in the cascades.  Since then, I've been to most of the major sites in the Pacific Northwest, from the Bowron Lakes circuit to Yosemite and Yellowstone.  I climb recreationally, ski well, and my latest passions have been technical caves and ultralight hiking.  I realized in undergrad that I needed to do 50 milers to stay sane, but had no more than a weekend.  That was 2003, and I found out I could hike 54 miles in a day along the peninsula of WA.  I have since found routes and long hikes that I normally think of as week long hikes, then hike them in a day.  My little sister and I hiked the Zion Narrows in 5:24.  I'm not really a racer, but I love minimizing my gear and pacing myself to achieve what I put my mind to. Also, my ankles are bulletproof.

 Going to school in Rexburg, ID I found my second love: technical caves.  This came in the form of the Fossil Mountain Ice cave/ Darby wind cave, a cave system on the ID/WY border.  Multiple belays, stemming, climbing, getting cold, and getting scared.  Somewhere along the way I was search and rescued 3 times, I guided tours through ID and WA caves, and bought about seven headlamps (back when LEDs were new, a good one was spendy and quickly made obsolete).  Other facts that should go bulleted:

I believe I live in the most beautiful part of the world, Whidbey Island WA.  

My home ski mountain is Mt. Baker, which holds the record for most snow in a single season-1196 inches.

 I do a trip to Whistler, BC most years.

 I'm addicted to jackets.

Married with 3 kids.  

When I buy/use/review gear, few things are more important than durability and waterproofing

Future trips: Wonderland trail as an overnighter, half dome, enchantment lakes, Zion subway

Gear Reviews (31)

user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia Men's Capilene 2 Lightweight Zip-Neck 2/23/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Mountain Goat 20° 2/23/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 The North Face Kids' Tigger 2/23/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 The North Face Kids' Denali Jacket 2/23/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Rab Men's Neutrino Endurance Jacket 2/23/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 MSR SweetWater Microfilter 1/20/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Chaco Men's Z/1 Unaweep 1/20/2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 The North Face Dark Star -40 1/20/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Arc'teryx Quiver 1/20/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Arc'teryx Bora 80 1/20/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Sea to Summit Kitchen Sink 1/20/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 REI Camp Bed 3.5 1/20/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 REI Camp Dome 4 1/20/2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Therm-a-Rest BaseCamp 1/20/2013
user rating: 3 of 5 Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow 1/20/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Therm-a-Rest NeoAir 1/20/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Therm-a-Rest DreamTime 1/20/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Snow Peak Titanium Cook Set, 3Pcs 1/20/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Petzl Tikka+ 1/20/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Primus ClassicTrail 1/20/2013
user rating: 3 of 5 REI Men's Adventures Pants 1/20/2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Marmot Halo 6P 1/19/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 1/19/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Black Diamond I-Tent 1/19/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Arc'teryx Men's Hyllus Jacket 1/19/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia Men's Houdini Jacket 1/19/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia Men's Torrentshell Jacket 1/19/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Jacket 1/19/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Arc'teryx Men's Atom LT Jacket 1/19/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Arc'teryx Men's Atom SV Hoody 1/19/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Arc'teryx Men's Alpha SV Jacket 1/19/2013

Forum Posts

Half Dome Permit Lottery Decision Day! April 10, 2013
Backcountry withdrawals... February 22, 2013
researching makes my head hurt February 16, 2013
talk me out of a mid-weight down jacket purchase February 15, 2013