LoneStranger

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Reviewer of the Month: April 2014 , June 2016

9,155 reviewer rep
1,529 forum posts
joined Apr 16, 2013

I am a: person who likes getting out
Location: Maine
Website: http://lesstraveledby.net

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Snowshoeing
Canoeing
Fishing

Vitals

Height67 inches
Weight200 lbs
Torso Length21"
Boot/Shoe Size11-13 wide

I like walking to the empty places where the people aren't.

Raised on a small farm in WI then spent most of my life in Southern California before moving to Maine some years back.  Backpacking is a primary focus these days though I have cycled and surfed intensively at times and still like to ride a road bike when I can.

From early experiences in the Porcupine Mts of Upper MI and the Bighorns of WY through the years spent out west camping mountains, desert and beaches and now exploring the trails of ME and NH my favorite times are the quiet moments when "civilization" can be left behind.  I don't mind company on these adventures, but I do find the sound of the breeze easier to hear when I go alone.

Some trips now include my wife and young daughter so I'm getting to know the joys of carrying heavy loads and shorter, slower days on the trail.  As she grows so will our adventures, but even now it is a great way to spend family time together without the distractions of video screens.

Gear Reviews (96)

user rating: 4 of 5 Big Agnes Diamond Park 15 2/21/2020
user rating: 4 of 5 Hyperlite Mountain Gear Versa 2/11/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 NiteCore NU25 1/04/2020
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Futuro Dual Strap Knee Support 12/06/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Outdoor Research Men's Equinox Convert Pants 11/15/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Houdini Desoli Zip 9/27/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Six Moon Designs Silver Shadow 9/11/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Six Moon Designs Pack Pod 8/21/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Nylofume Pack Liner Bags 8/12/2019
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Gossamer Gear Lightrek Pack Bungee Attachment 8/07/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Six Moon Designs Minimalist 7/16/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Atlas Spindrift 5/28/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Hillsound Armadillo LT 4/02/2019
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Cotopaxi Luzon 18 1/08/2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Limmer Men's Standard 12/22/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Sierra Designs Sweet Suite 3 12/14/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Dutchware Hookworm 12/11/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Dutchware Continuous Ridgeline 12/11/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 GSI Outdoors Microlite 1000 Twist 11/16/2018
user rating: 3 of 5 NEMO Punk 20 10/15/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 GSI Outdoors Microlite 500 Twist 8/27/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Idahoan Premium Hash Browns 6/19/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Coghlan's Store 'N Pour Contain-Alls 6/01/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Crescent Moon Gold Series 10 5/12/2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Fitkicks Originals Men's Edition 4/07/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Vasque Boot Box 4/01/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Mountain Equipment Men's Eclipse Hooded Zip-T 3/28/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 The North Face Men's Venture 2 Jacket 2/23/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 UGQ SilPoly Rectangular Cat Cut Tarp (10x12) 1/19/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Cooke Custom Sewing 1.9oz Silicone Tundra Tarp 1/12/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Houdini Men's Alpha Houdi 12/29/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Coghlan's Reflective Guy Line 12/27/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Purcell Trench Voyageurs Grill 12/20/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Exped Travel Box II Plus 12/10/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Komperdell Contour Titanal Power Lock 12/04/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Seek Outside Unaweep 6300 7/25/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Enlightened Equipment Rain Wrap 7/11/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Vasque Men's Coldspark UltraDry 4/13/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Outdoor Research Lodestar Sensor Gloves 3/29/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Vasque Men's Lost 40 3/11/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 DeLorme inReach SE 2/16/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Kammok Firebelly Down 30° 1/09/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 GSI Outdoors Halulite Microdualist Complete 12/21/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Enlightened Equipment Prodigy 12/19/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Outdoor Research Men's Crocodile Gaiters 12/18/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Rothco ECWCS Polypropylene Balaclava 12/17/2016
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Outdoor Products Ultimate Dry Sacks 11/09/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 WoolPro Skylark Ultralight Crew 9/19/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Easton Torrent 2 9/15/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Smartwool Outdoor Sport Light Cushion 8/25/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Aarn Sport Balance Pockets 7/14/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Firm Grip General Purpose Gloves 6/01/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Yaktrax Hand Warmers 5/30/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 UCO A-120 5/20/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 UCO A-45 Comfort-Fit Headlamp 5/20/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Oboz Men's Bridger Mid BDry Insulated 3/15/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Ternua Loughor Jacket 3/07/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Hillsound Trail Crampon 2/25/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Easy Traveler Extra Squeeze Tubes 1.5oz Set 2/12/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Easy Traveler Extra Squeeze Tubes 2.5oz Set 2/11/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Patagonia Men's Capilene 1 Silkweight Crew 11/19/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 Patagonia Nano Puff Pants 3/23/2015
user rating: 3.5 of 5 MSR Men's Revo Ascent 3/14/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 Swix Star XC 100 Split Mitt 2/23/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 Adidas Terrex Swift Climaheat Frost Jacket 12/23/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 The Instaflator 10/19/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 White Sierra Men's Trail Convertible Pant 10/17/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Topo Athletic Men's MT 10/14/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Crown Prince Sardines in Spring Water 10/09/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Crown Prince Sardines in Soy Bean Oil 10/09/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Crown Prince Sardines in Lousiana Hot Sauce 10/09/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Trader Joe's Pound Plus 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate 10/06/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Clif Mojo Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt 10/06/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Clif Mojo Cranberry Almond 10/06/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Clif Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond 10/06/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Barry Farm Cheddar Cheese Powder 10/01/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Nestle NIDO Dry Whole Milk 5/31/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Nesco FD-80 Snackmaster Square Dehydrator & Jerky Maker 5/23/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Easy Traveler 32oz Traveler 5/13/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Easy Traveler 16oz Rum Runner Flask 5/13/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Atsko Sno-Seal 5/13/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Therm-a-Rest Men's NeoAir XLite 3/21/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 GSI Outdoors Halulite Tea Kettle 3/20/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 MSR Hubba 3/18/2014
user rating: 3 of 5 Vivitar CS-1025 Binocular 3/14/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Smartwool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks 3/13/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Easton ATR-70 3/12/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Under Armour Original Series 9-inch Boxerjock 3/11/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 DZ Laboratories dznuts Pro 3/10/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Keen Erickson PCT 3/09/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents 3/08/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Baffin Men's Impact 3/06/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Kelty Trail Ridge 3 3/03/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Mad Bomber Wool Bomber 11/30/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Chainmate 36-Inch Survival Pocket Saw 8/14/2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Coleman Exponent 4AA Pack-Away Lantern 7/04/2013

Trip Reports

January Baldpate Adventure February 4, 2020
2019 Review December 31, 2019
Family Overnight on the CT June 4, 2019
Downeast Delight May 13, 2019
Two Cohos Trail Sections October 14, 2018
Grafton Loop Trail East Side: September 18 September 22, 2018
July Bonds/13 Falls Loop August 15, 2018
7-Day Baxter Solo June 22, 2018
Morning June 15, 2018
Two March Snow Trips April 18, 2018
Last 3 of Summer: 2 solo and a six day family Baxter September 13, 2017
A couple of Baxter trips from June/July August 30, 2017
Baxter Family Opener + Bonus Hike June 22, 2017
Late April Pemi Mud Season Visit May 31, 2017
One last snow trip from March May 3, 2017
Two Winter Trips April 2, 2017
Semi Pemi October 2016 December 22, 2016
Three Short Grafton Notch Outings October 28, 2016
Two Summer Baxter Trips: One With the Girls and One with the Boys October 9, 2016
Bigelows to Caratunk - June Maine AT Trip August 2, 2016

Forum Posts

How Do You Cope During Long Periods of No Hiking? February 11, 2020
Tarp January 13, 2020
Source for repair and improvement bits and bobs February 9, 2020
January Baldpate Adventure February 4, 2020
TS Snow Meeting February 3, 2020
TS on one of Alicia's favorite peaks February 2, 2020
Cold fingers and toes? Keep your core warm January 22, 2020
2020 Goals? January 21, 2020
Maps for inReach Explorer+ January 19, 2020
New to tarp camping January 16, 2020
Rechargeable batteries January 10, 2020
New camera: photography on the trail. January 11, 2020
2019 Review December 31, 2019
Extreme Cold Weather Gear - Part II December 25, 2019
Layering light down jacket and down vest December 21, 2019
Zion NP Nov 2019 December 16, 2019
Nite Ize vs. knots November 29, 2019
Spot X question November 25, 2019
Coffee On The Trail November 22, 2019
bear bags or food bags November 27, 2019