Bill "L.Dog" Garlinghouse (LDog)

751 reviewer rep
44 forum posts
joined Apr 3, 2014

I am a: backpacker
Location: Northern, MI
Occupation: Retired Navy Combat Cameraman

Affiliations: I have no professional, familial, or economic relationships with any outdoor equipment manufacturer. I was a member of the Trailspace Review Corps, and was occasionally provided equipment to test. Those reviews are so marked.


Backcountry skiing


Height6' 0"
Weight170 lbs (190 in winter)
Torso Length19"
Boot/Shoe SizeUS 10.5
Jacket/Shirt SizeL to XL
Pant Size34 waist (36 in winter) 34 inseam

Been enjoying the outdoors since summers in the Whites with the boy scouts in the 60s. I love to backpack, ski, snowshoe, and sail. Trained in winter mountain travel and rescue by Ski Patrol and the USMC.

In the last few years I've been hiking the Appalachian Trail in sections. Katahdin to Manchester Center, VT took me through the 100 Mile Wilderness, the Presidential Range of the White mountains, and the Green Mountains of Vermont. I've since hiked the AT through the Smokies, the Roan Highlands, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Shenandoah. I'm off to hike the last section from Manchester, Vermont to Harper's Ferry.

When I'm done with the AT, I don't know what's next.  Maybe I'll buy a boat ...

Gear Reviews (12)

user rating: 4.5 of 5 La Sportiva Men's Synthesis Mid GTX 6/12/2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Princeton Tec Fred 5/09/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Asolo Piuma 4/29/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Hammock Gear Cuben Fiber Hammock Hex Tarp 4/18/2014
user rating: 2 of 5 Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 4/10/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Road ID Wrist ID Slim 4/08/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Kupilka 21 Classic Drinking Vessel 4/07/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Hammock Gear Burrow 50┬░ 4/07/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Buck Hartsook Ultralite 4/06/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Snow Peak Titanium Trek 700 4/05/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Monatauk Gnat Titanium Stove 4/05/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym 4/03/2014

Forum Posts

Pictures of tents in the backcountry March 18, 2015
Backpacking quilts March 6, 2015
Congratulations, Top Gear Reviewers of 2014! January 7, 2015
Winter Projects: Homemade Gear December 11, 2014
Reviewer Bill Garlinghouse Wins Old Town Kayak Package April 30, 2014
Top 5 fire starters April 27, 2014
din dang!? April 29, 2014
Boot pr0n... May 31, 2011
Favorite Wilderness? March 4, 2014
what is the advantage of a quilt over a mummy bag April 8, 2014
My cheap Walmart TopQuilt March 22, 2014
Grams Add Up February 17, 2014
Water purify or to filter? April 5, 2014
No Joke: Win a Kayaking Package from Johnson Outdoors April 1, 2014