andrew f. (leadbelly2550)

Reviewer of the Month: September 2012 , September 2017

6,597 reviewer rep
2,164 forum posts
joined Feb 7, 2007

Full Name: andrew f.
male hiker
Cabin John, MD
Occupation: lawyer
Email: private

Gear Reviews (147)

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 Men's Capilene Air Crew 1/14/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Kahtoola MICROspikes 1/14/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D 1/01/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Garmin Forerunner 235 12/25/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia Men's 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 Men's Guide Tennie 8/16/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Oboz Men's Bridger Low Waterproof 7/18/2018

Forum Posts (2164)

Re: What are peoples objections to spending time in the outdoors? April 23, 2019
Re: Writer needs advice April 23, 2019
Re: colorado rescue...mind the weather March 15, 2019
colorado rescue...mind the weather March 14, 2019
Re: Old but good gear March 11, 2019

Blog Posts (1)

Instant Camp Eggs Cook-Off September 20, 2011

Trip Reports (8)

Big Basin Redwoods State Park December 31, 2013
Morning hike in the Rugova mountains May 18, 2013
snowshoeing after the blizzard - boston exurbs February 10, 2013
Gjeravica Kosovo Hike October 20, 2012
Father's Day Hike June 18, 2012


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. 


Trail running


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