Elizabeth McCoy (K-Rider)

Reviewer of the Month: July 2016

648 reviewer rep
59 forum posts
joined Jun 16, 2016

I am a: 50-year-old female backpacker
Location: Tacoma, WA
Occupation: RN

Affiliations: None

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Snowshoeing
Kayaking
Mountain biking
Photography
Cycling
Exploring

Vitals

Height5'3"
Boot/Shoe Size8
Jacket/Shirt SizeM

I am a RN and a mother of 2 handsome young men, an outdoors enthusiast with tons of energy! I love exploring new places. My dream trips are completing the entire PCT, Machu Picchu and the list goes on.  

My favorite trails are The Enchantments in WA and the JMT in California.

I'm single and hike solo most of the time but would gladly welcome anyone to come and join me on any hike. I have always had a love for the outdoors. I love exploring places I have never been before. When I get on a trail I instantly feel like I have to see where it goes even if it is longer than expected.  I started backpacking after moving from Florida to Washington. After being here over 5 years I decided it was time to really explore this awesome area. I started watching YouTube videos on hiking gear and watching clips of other hiker videos which helped immensely! 

My first overnight backpacking experience here in Washington was kind of what I expected. It was a small section of the PCT starting at Snoqualmie Pass to Kendall and Alpine Wilderness area. 

My first time hiker mistakes: Pack was too heavy, pack not built to carry a lot of weight, started out on the trail too late, hot day, didn't bring a topo map, but did have AllTrails app on phone loaded with route, brought too much stuff, slept with bear canister in my tent (had no clue), ate my dinner in my tent (again, I had no clue lol), ate food I don't normally eat that messed me up,and hiked too far first day.

Things that went right: Right shoes, used trekking poles, enjoyed the scenery, relaxed, met awesome people, took lots of pictures, trail app on phone kept me on the route, filtered water for first time and wore layers. 

I have learned a lot since then and most of it from websites like this one. I have tried all kinds of gear, and I have taken all kinds of gear back (thanks REI for having the most awesome return policy ever!).

I have hiked over 800 miles since I started backpacking and plan on doing thousands more. My plans and goals get bigger every season. I have developed somewhat of an addiction for the wilderness. I need it now, it has become more than just a desire, it is my escape from a busy life and work and my time for solitude and to disconnect from life as we know it and reconnect with nature and simple life's pleasures.

Last summer I hiked SOBO JMT starting from Happy Isles. This summer I am doing NOBO starting at Cottonwood Pass. This is my most favorite trail so far. It feels like I'm on another planet out here! Stunning scenery and amazing Alpine Lakes. 

My future goals: The entire PCT (I would have to quit my job or retire)

                          CDT

                           The West Coast Trail

                           Machu Picchu with my sister (bucket list item)

Favorite back country spot:  I have many! Garnet Lake on the JMT,  The many hot springs near MTR, Summerland on the Wonderland Trail, Snow Lakes in The Enchantments, and Heart Lake on the High Divide Seven Lakes Basin Trail in the Olympics. 

I have a new goal for 2017! I have joined The Mountaineers (Tacoma) 2 years  ago and have done absolutely nothing with the group as of yet. My plan is to at least take a entry level mountain climbing class and join the local climbing gym.

Gear Reviews (42)

user rating: 5 of 5 Arc'teryx Rho LTW Neck Gaiter 3/20/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Buff UV Half Buff 11/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 TheTentLab Deuce of Spades #2 11/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 MSR Autoflow Gravity Filter 7/08/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife 6/26/2016
user rating: 3 of 5 Merrell Women's All Out Blaze Aero Sport 6/25/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem 6/25/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Big Agnes Q-Core 6/23/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Adidas Women's Terrex Swift R GTX 6/23/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Bonk Breaker Peanut Butter & Jelly Energy Bar 6/21/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Mountain House Granola with Milk and Blueberries 6/21/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Darn Tough Merino Micro Crew Sock Cushion 6/21/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Columbia PFG Omni-Freeze Short Sleeve Tee 6/21/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Infinity Stacking Cup 6/21/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews 6/20/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 REI Women's Revelcloud Hoodie Jacket 6/20/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat 6/20/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Sea to Summit AlphaLight Long Spoon 6/20/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Sea to Summit Reactor Extreme Thermolite Liner 6/20/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Sawyer MINI 6/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Coghlan's Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer 6/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Klymit Cush 6/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Goal Zero Light-A-Life Mini USB Light 6/17/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Goal Zero Nomad 7 6/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Soloist 6/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Nalgene 32 oz Wide Mouth Tritan 6/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Marmot Women's PreCip Pant 6/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Marmot Women's PreCip Jacket 6/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Deuter Guide Tour 35+ SL 6/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Outdoor Research Women's Verglas Gaiters 6/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Keen Women's Durand Waterproof Mid 6/17/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Marmot Tungsten 2P 6/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Snow Peak GigaPower Auto 6/17/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 BearVault BV400 6/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Exped Synmat WinterLite 6/17/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Vacuum Bottle 6/17/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 MSR Women's Lightning Ascent 6/17/2016
user rating: 3 of 5 Osprey Aura AG 65 6/16/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2P 6/16/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Phantasia 15 6/16/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 DeLorme inReach Explorer 6/16/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight 6/16/2016

Trip Reports

JMT- An Unfinished Journey Week 3 November 13, 2016
Sky Line Trail Snowshoe October 22, 2016
JMT 2016 - An Unfinished Journey - Week 2 September 24, 2016
JMT 2016 - An Unfinished Journey - First week September 4, 2016
Mount Si , North Bend, Snoqualmie Region WA July 31, 2016
The Enchantments, Okanogan National Forest, WA July 18, 2016
Wonderland Trail-Mt Rainier Part 3! June 23, 2016
Wonderland Trail- Mt Rainier Part 2 June 23, 2016
Wonderland Trail - Mt Rainier Part 1 June 23, 2016

Forum Posts

Congratulations, Top Gear Reviewers of 2016 March 24, 2017
2 Snowshoers die in Avalanche March 18, 2017
Congratulations, Sheila, Winner of a Year's Worth of Nikwax November 30, 2016
"Breathtaking Moments" Near and Far: Meet Tyler, Reviewer of the Month October 12, 2016
JMT- An Unfinished Journey Week 3 November 13, 2016
Congratulations, Sebastian, our Hilleberg Tent Winner September 30, 2016
What are your fall and winter plans for trips? October 18, 2016
Sky Line Trail Snowshoe October 22, 2016
JMT 2016 - An Unfinished Journey - Week 2 September 24, 2016
JMT 2016 - An Unfinished Journey - First week September 4, 2016
Fancy Dinners at 9,800 Feet July 31, 2016
Reviewer Arnie Wins LED Lenser Headlamp and Flashlight August 1, 2016
Mount Si , North Bend, Snoqualmie Region WA July 31, 2016
Tuck, Robin Lakes July 25, 2016
Florida Springs May 10, 2016
6 more recent trips to share July 9, 2016
Muir Snowfield, skiing with the clones July 14, 2016
Mount Rainier Summit Climb with my Oldest July 18, 2016
"See the Beauty!" says Elizabeth, Reviewer of the Month July 20, 2016
The Enchantments, Okanogan National Forest, WA July 18, 2016