63 reviewer rep
190 forum posts
joined Jan 3, 2009

I am a: 42-year-old backpacker
Location: OOB, ME
Occupation: Small business owner


Backcountry skiing


Torso Length20
Boot/Shoe Size11D
Jacket/Shirt Size42L/L
Pant Size34/32

A Maine native, I was enormously active in the outdoors. Camping, hunting, fishing, skiing and backpacking were things I'd take for granted as a kid, and thought everyone explored the backcountry the way my buddies and I often did. I've hiked the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Hundred Mile Wilderness in Maine, and the Mahoosuc range on the AT.  I've canoed the Alligash waterway, and skied almost every backcountry peak in New England that I could scale. My favorite trail is Corbett’s Collier just north of Jackson, WY, and the northern face of Bigelow Mtn. in Maine. Ok, the headwall at Tuckerman's, on Mt. Washington needs mention as well. That all changed when I moved to South Carolina because of my career. I gave all my equipment to my younger brother, and figured that chapter in my life was over. Undoubtedly, I longed for the woods. Then one day I abandoned conventional cooking in my kitchen for camp style cooking in my own backyard! A true, backcountry meltdown if you will… Sitting under the stars, cooking over a campfire (and perhaps a little too much bourbon) convinced me to explore my backcountry options in SC. I wasn't about to quit my job and "go bamboo" but I may just do that as of late. I started it slow, hiking small day hikes in coastal SC and GA, slowly collecting gear, and looking up the trail systems in and around SC.  As it turns out, there are a lot of back-country adventures available to me in the Lowcountry, and a plethora of options upstate and in the Appalachians up the street.  

Gear Reviews (8)

user rating: 4 of 5 Coleman Solo Cook Kit 11/05/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 Snow Peak Titanium Spork 11/10/2009
user rating: 2 of 5 Therm-a-Rest Trail 10/08/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 Snow Peak GigaPower Manual 7/31/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 Byer Moskito Traveller 7/31/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 UCO Original Candle Lantern 7/31/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Eureka! Autumn Wind 2XD 7/31/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 L.L.Bean Men's Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Leather 4/24/2009

Trip Reports

Eastatoe Creek HP and Beyond. January 4, 2010
Mahoosuc Notch Round II August 31, 2009
Summer Mayhem in Maine August 8, 2009

Forum Posts

Best tunes to hike to. June 3, 2012
Maine/NH Kid friendly overnights? July 19, 2012
Cook bacon,eggs and toast on a hot flat rock, cook an egg in its shell August 16, 2011
Nemo's first sleeping bags new shape for side-sleepers August 9, 2011
BOOT LACES ! What'cha use ... and why ? July 20, 2011
ettiquette on the summit June 25, 2011
Heavy Duty Summer Socks June 21, 2011
What's the worst? June 20, 2011
Would you pay a TH parking attendant? June 16, 2011
Tent recomendation...? May 3, 2011
Best cord for hammock camping? April 21, 2011
Family awarded $1.9 million in bear attack lawsuit May 4, 2011
Video: Jeff Lowe opens pack of gear after 20 years April 29, 2011
Anyone else dislike Gore-Tex ? March 31, 2011
Soft Shell April 26, 2011
Private Message Moderation... hmmmm. April 24, 2011
Snake season April 16, 2011
Tornado while backpacking...what to do? April 25, 2011
New Feature: Private Messages April 17, 2011
Ahhh...the fresh smell of coffee. April 9, 2011