mike068

235 reviewer rep
649 forum posts
joined Dec 5, 2008

I am a: 51-year-old male backpacker
Location: Central, NY
Occupation: Gear-fitter

Affiliations: I am a manager & gear-fitter at Eastern Mountain Sports. I also teach seminars in basic outdoor skills to private groups.

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Snowshoeing
Orienteering
Mountaineering
Geocacheing
Canoeing
Kayaking
Fishing
Anything Fun & Enjoyable ???

Vitals

Height5'10"
Weight200lb
Torso LengthAverage Build
Boot/Shoe Size10 1/2 Wide
Jacket/Shirt SizeLarge
Pant Size36X32

I have been a "back-country / wilderness outdoors-men adventurer" since I was .. well as far back as I can remember ill say 35 + years and leave it at that. From family camping to father & son outings, Boy Scouts (as a scout and a leader), Hunting with my friends, camping & hiking with friends and on an on an on. I did take a sabbatical from the back-country for a few years but I have been back to it for several years, its like riding a bike. I am primarily a year-round backpacker, fair & un-fair weather why because I am a rain magnet LOL, I like to do backpacking the most but I guess that was a given huh. I like to and do take day hikes, regular camping. I have been many places not as many as I would have liked too but hay im still working on that. I have been primarily sticking to the North East but that is always subject to change at any time.

Gear Reviews (49)

user rating: 4 of 5 Brunton 7DNL 6/20/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Lamina 45° 6/15/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Mountain Hardwear Men's Lamina 0 6/15/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Gear Aid Seam Grip+WP 6/15/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Pacific Outdoor Equipment InsulMat X-Lite Thermo 6/10/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Columbia Men's Silver Ridge II Long Sleeve Shirt 6/09/2010
user rating: 2 of 5 Columbia Men's Coremic Ridge Mid 6/09/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Personal Java Press 6/09/2010
user rating: 5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Infinity Dukjug 1L 6/09/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 High Peak Enduro 6/09/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 MSR Needle Stake Kit 8/17/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Eureka! Spitfire 1 8/17/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Kelty Beam 82 8/16/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Lexan Javapress 6/28/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 Energizer 6 LED HeadLight 6/26/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Magellan Triton 500 6/18/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 Coleman LED Micropacker Lantern 6/18/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 MSR PanHandler Pot Lifter 6/09/2009
user rating: 1.5 of 5 Coghlan's Combination Compass 6/09/2009
user rating: 2 of 5 Snow Peak Metal Globe 6/09/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 Snow Peak GigaPower Windscreen 6/09/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 Cammenga Tritium Lensatic Compass 3H 6/04/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 Snow Peak Titanium Cook Set, 3Pcs 5/24/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 EMS Velocity Cap 5/24/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 EMS V Stake 5/24/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 Nalgene 32 oz Wide Mouth Tritan 5/24/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 Nalgene 16 oz Wide Mouth Lexan 5/24/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 Counter Assault Bear Keg 5/24/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Marmot Trestles 20 Semi Rec 4/28/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 Guyot Designs SplashGuard 4/27/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Kelty Tioga 5500 4/22/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 MSR SweetWater ViralStop 4/22/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Katadyn Vario Microfilter 4/22/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 Nalgene Wide Mouth Cantene - 96 oz 4/22/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Trangia Fuel Bottle 3/08/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 Jetboil Utensil Kit 3/08/2009
user rating: 5 of 5 Brunton MY-Ti Titanium Flatware 1/22/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 Evernew Ti Companion Cup 1/22/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 Snow Peak GigaPower Stove, Titanium, Auto 1/22/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 Snow Peak GigaPower Lantern, Auto 1/21/2009
user rating: 1.5 of 5 Ozark Trail 2-Person Junior Dome Tent 1/14/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Therm-a-Rest Men's Trail Comfort 1/13/2009
user rating: 4 of 5 Nalgene Travel Kit - Medium 1/06/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Swiss Gear Hiking Pole 12/22/2008
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Camp Trails McKinley 12/16/2008
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Evernew Stainless Steel Cookset - Small 12/15/2008
user rating: 5 of 5 High Peak Cascade -5 12/14/2008
user rating: 4.5 of 5 High Peak Hyper Lite 12/14/2008
user rating: 4 of 5 Trangia Mini Trangia 12/14/2008

Trip Reports

Introducing A Newbie The Wilderness June 24, 2009

Forum Posts

Packing the pack July 8, 2010
umbrellas July 9, 2010
Which cooking stove do you use? March 21, 2010
Storing Gear July 7, 2010
fuel bottle for liquid fuel July 6, 2010
whats out there? July 7, 2010
Tree fall July 6, 2010
MSR Hyperflow vs Miniworks & combine with a bucket? July 5, 2010
Wood Burning stove July 4, 2010
To Ultralight or Not to Ultralight? July 4, 2010
Narrow feet July 3, 2010
visual impact July 2, 2010
hooligan 4 July 2, 2010
which tent for solo backpacking July 2, 2010
Wouldn't leave home without... July 1, 2010
Gregory JetStream LTS system June 30, 2010
Waterproofing a Map: laminating or sealer? April 8, 2010
water purification March 24, 2010
Can Anyone Help Me???? June 29, 2010
Tent selection June 27, 2010