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andrew f. @leadbelly2550

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Reviewer of the Month: September 2012 , September 2017

8,230 reviewer rep
2,399 forum posts
joined Feb 7, 2007

I am a: hiker
Location: Cabin John, MD
Occupation: lawyer

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Snowshoeing
Trail running
Orienteering
Mountaineering
Geocacheing
Canoeing

Vitals

Height5' 9"
Weight215
Torso Length20.5
Boot/Shoe Size11.5 wide
Jacket/Shirt SizeXL/46
Pant Size38 waist

I have been an avid hiker/outdoors person from a young age. I have hiked throughout the high peaks in the Adirondacks, the presidential range in New Hampshire, and a number of other mountains in Vermont and New Hampshire on many occasions over the years, all seasons. I also canoe and trail run fairly regularly. I currently live in Maryland and hike either by the Potomac River on local trails, on small nearby mountains, or in Shenendoah National Park and surrounding areas. I try to take at least one winter backpacking trip annually, so I have a fair amount of experience with snowshoes, crampons, and other winter gear, including large, heavy backpacks and clothing suitable for sub-zero, highly windy conditions.

I have also hiked and camped on occasion in Northern California, the Arabian Gulf, Asia, Central America, and Eastern Europe.

During college, I spent two summers leading teenagers on hiking/backpacking, cycling, and canoe trips in and around the Adirondacks. 

Gear Reviews (166)

user rating: 4.5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Microlite 1000 Twist 8/15/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Keen Solr Sandal 7/21/2020
user rating: 4 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Exposure/2 Gore-Tex Paclite Plus Jacket 7/08/2020
user rating: 4 of 5 Kurgo Enhanced Strength Tru-Fit Dog Car Harness 7/04/2020
user rating: 4 of 5 Scott Hawaii Makaha 6/18/2020
user rating: 5 of 5 OluKai Hokua 6/11/2020
user rating: 4 of 5 Osprey Archeon 30 6/09/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 La Sportiva TX3 3/19/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Outdoor Research Enigma Bottoms 3/03/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Kora Shola 230 Esker Hat 2/22/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Outdoor Research Enigma Half Zip 2/15/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Outdoor Research Enigma Boxer Briefs 2/11/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia Retro Pile Vest 1/20/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia Better Sweater Rib Knit 1/4-Zip 12/01/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Stoked Goods Stoke Lip & Face Balm 12/01/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Bedrock Sandals Cairn 3D 9/25/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Mystery Ranch Coulee 40 8/14/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Hydrapak Shape-Shift 3L 6/24/2019
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Royal Robbins Merinolux Flannel Long Sleeve Shirt 5/02/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Balega Blister Resist Quarter 4/22/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Eddie Bauer First Ascent Guide Gloves 2/02/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia Capilene Air Crew 1/14/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Kahtoola MICROspikes 1/14/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Salomon XA Pro 3D 1/01/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Garmin Forerunner 235 12/25/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia Capilene Thermal Weight Zip-Neck 12/24/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21 11/21/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Five Ten Guide Tennie 8/16/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Oboz Bridger Low Waterproof 7/18/2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Badger Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen 7/06/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Oboz Wind River III Waterproof 5/25/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Oboz Campster 5/18/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 The North Face Base Camp Duffel 5/03/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 L.L.Bean Mountain Classic Anorak 4/01/2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Marmot Exum Guide Undercuff Glove 3/11/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Bedrock Sandals Cairn Pro 3/07/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Rab Infinity Endurance Jacket 1/26/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Arc'teryx Alpha AR Jacket 1/01/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 My Trail Storm UL Jacket 12/27/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia Crosstrek Bottoms 12/10/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Xero Shoes Z-Trail 12/04/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Icebreaker Fingerless Merino Wool Gloves 11/24/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS 9/21/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Icebreaker Oasis Crewe S/S 9/04/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Yeti Rambler Bottle 36oz 9/01/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Chaco Z/Cloud 2 8/07/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia R1 Hoody 4/08/2017
user rating: 2 of 5 Gregory 3D Hydro 3L Reservoir 3/06/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Gregory Citro 25 2/23/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Montane Spine Jacket 2/15/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Forty Below Bottle Boots 1L 1/13/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Oboz Bridger Mid Waterproof 1/07/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Black Diamond Guide Gloves 1/01/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Broner Fleece Flip Top Mitten 12/31/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Wild Things Guide Pack 10/12/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody 10/09/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 MyPakage Action Series Boxer Brief 4/27/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia R3 Jacket 2/26/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Oboz Sawtooth Low 2/23/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Steve's Paleogoods Dried Wild Blueberries 1/05/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia Down Snap-T Pullover 12/06/2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Osprey Viper 13 11/02/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 UnTapped Maple Packets 8/28/2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Chaco Zong 7/04/2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 TrekSta Granite 6/14/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 Clif Organic Energy Food 6/06/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 Oboz Teewinot 5/13/2015
user rating: 3.5 of 5 The North Face Hedgehog GTX XCR 1/04/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 Ibex Nomad Full Zip Hoody 12/29/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Fällkniven PXLwh 12/10/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Deuter Pace 36 11/25/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket 11/19/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia Alpine Houdini 5/06/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia Lightweight Alpine Beanie 2/27/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Smartwool Cuffed Beanie 2/27/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Fleece Storm Beanie 2/27/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Hestra Heli 3-Finger Glove 2/12/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 FITS Sock Medium Hiker Crew 11/10/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Patagonia Down Sweater 11/10/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Boreas Gear Lost Coast 45 8/20/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 The North Face Paramount Cargo Short 7/03/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Jacket 6/05/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Phantom Down Hoody 3/15/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Lowe Alpine AirZone Pro 45:55 2/22/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Outdoor Research Alti Mitts 1/28/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia Alpine Guide Pants 1/16/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 L.L.Bean Maine Hunting Shoe 12/27/2012
user rating: 3 of 5 The North Face Denali Glove 12/07/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Eddie Bauer First Ascent Peak XV Down Jacket 11/29/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Sazzi Digit 11/08/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Feathered Friends Hyperion Vest 11/01/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Platypus Big Zip SL 9/26/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 CamelBak eddy Glass 9/14/2012
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Sazzi Decimal 8/25/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 6/24/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 Marmot Zion Jacket 6/19/2012
user rating: 3 of 5 CamelBak Antidote Reservoir 6/04/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia R1 Pullover 2/29/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia R1 Pants 2/29/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia Merino 3 Midweight Crew 2/28/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia Micro Puff Pants 2/04/2012
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Cabela's Polartec Classic 300 ECWCS Pants 1/09/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Rab Latok GTX Jacket 12/29/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 Spyderco Para-Military 11/10/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 Integral Designs eVent Shortie Gaiters 10/31/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 Black Diamond Trail Shock 10/01/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Backpacker's Pantry Scrambled Eggs 9/21/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 Adventure Egg Anywhere Scrambles 9/21/2011
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Cache Lake Foods Outfitter's Choice Scrambled Eggs 9/21/2011
user rating: 3 of 5 AlpineAire Foods Scrambled Eggs 9/21/2011
user rating: 3 of 5 Backpacker's Pantry Organic Scrambled Eggs 9/21/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Wild Things Superlight Alpinist Pants 8/27/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 Optimus Nova 8/11/2011
user rating: 3.5 of 5 TrekSta Evolution 7/31/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Smartwool Microweight Tee 7/07/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Icebreaker Hopper Lite 7/07/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 SteriPEN Traveler 4/21/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 Granite Gear Round Rock Solid Compression 4/15/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Gregory Baltoro 65 3/31/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 Patagonia Houdini Jacket 3/01/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 Outdoor Research Gripper Gloves 2/22/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport 2/16/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 CAMP Ice Rider 2/09/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Ghost SL -40 2/02/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 Marmot Sawtooth 15 2/02/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 The North Face Apex Bionic Jacket 12/16/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Cold Cold World Ozone 10/05/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Keen Hydro Guide 9/23/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Integral Designs eVent Rain Pants 6/11/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Wild Things Snowkite Jacket 5/17/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Balega Enduro Quarter 4/05/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Mystery Ranch Snapdragon 3/31/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Smartwool Mountaineering Extra Heavy Crew Socks 3/10/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Smartwool Expedition Trekking Socks 3/10/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Bridgedale Endurance Summit 3/10/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Bridgedale Endurance Trekker 3/10/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Vasque Velocity 3/01/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Fällkniven P 1/07/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Benchmade Mini Griptilian Family 1/07/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Marmot Randonnee Glove 1/07/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero SL Parka 1/02/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 EMS Glacier Down Jacket 12/13/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 Sherpa Snowshoes Modified Bearpaw Snowshoe 4/08/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 REI Flash 50 3/24/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 The North Face Dark Star -40 3/20/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 Cabela's Polartec 300 Hooded Jacket 3/02/2009
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Merrell Moab Gore-Tex XCR 2/24/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Scarpa Inverno 1/31/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 GoLite Shadow Pants 12/15/2008
user rating: 5 of 5 Limmer Standard 12/02/2008
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Cabela's Mountain Sherpa Jacket 11/20/2008
user rating: 4 of 5 Merrell Chameleon Wrap Gore-Tex XCR 10/28/2008
user rating: 5 of 5 Marmot Exum Jacket 10/27/2008
user rating: 4 of 5 The North Face Mountain Light Jacket 10/16/2008
user rating: 4 of 5 Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket 10/16/2008
user rating: 5 of 5 Chaco Z/1 Diamond Stealth 9/07/2008
user rating: 4 of 5 Chaco Z/2 Unaweep 7/05/2008
user rating: 4 of 5 CamelBak Omega Reservoir 5/27/2008
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Nalgene 32 oz Wide Mouth Tritan 5/11/2008
user rating: 5 of 5 GoLite Ion 5/11/2008
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Arc'teryx Amp 4/30/2008
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Overboot 1/29/2008
user rating: 4 of 5 Warmlite vapor barrier socks 1/04/2008
user rating: 5 of 5 Mystery Ranch G6000 11/14/2007
user rating: 5 of 5 Limmer Light-Weight 9/28/2007
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Marmot Bridger 9/28/2007

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Instant Camp Eggs Cook-Off September 20, 2011

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