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PhilNC

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Reviewer of the Month: September 2016

4,679 reviewer rep
1,721 forum posts
joined Aug 17, 2014

I am a: backpacker
Location: Lewisville , NC
Occupation: Environmental Consultant
Website: https://hikingshtick.smugmug.com/

Affiliations: I am a member of the Trailspace Review Corps, but have no ties to any outdoor manufacturers or retailers.

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Orienteering
Canoeing
Fishing

Vitals

Height6 ft
Weight170
Torso Length21.5 in
Boot/Shoe Size11.5 wide
Jacket/Shirt SizeM/L
Pant Size33 W 32 L

I have been backpacking since the early 80's after moving to the US from the UK, where I remember walking in the Scottish highlands with my grandfather and along the rocky shores of England with my Dad. Most of my now monthly backpacking trips are from 2 to 4 nights due to work and family duties, with occasional trips up to a week or two.  I also day hike a good bit (as an alternative to the elliptical to keep in shape between trips) and jump in one of my canoes whenever I can for a trip down the river (just Class I or II for fun and relaxation) or the lake for some fishing.

Most of my backpacking experience is in the eastern US due to convenience, but I have spent time in the Rockies and backpacked in Big Bend and Glacier National Parks as well as many spots in between.  I have several favorite spots, but my favorite by far is my homeland of Scotland where you can roam and camp anywhere in the highlands.  I completed a 190 mile crossing of Scotland on foot in May 2018 as part of The Great Outdoors Challenge.

Gear Reviews (59)

user rating: 4 of 5 Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Topo 8/10/2020
user rating: 3 of 5 Patagonia Wood Burning Stove 8/04/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Therm-a-Rest BlockerLite Pump Sack 7/20/2020
user rating: 5 of 5 Trail Designs Ultralight Knife 4/13/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Topo Luxe 4/04/2020
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia Capilene Cool Trail Shirt 3/17/2020
user rating: 4 of 5 Outdoor Research Microgravity Jacket 3/10/2020
user rating: 4 of 5 Therm-a-Rest Trekker Chair Kit 7/22/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Tilley LTM2 Airflow Hat 7/13/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Rab Nexus Pull-On 7/04/2019
user rating: 3 of 5 ULA Equipment Pack Cover 6/30/2019
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Big Agnes AXL Air 10/31/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Trail Designs Kojin Stove 9/16/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Incrediwear Knee Sleeve 9/09/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Aqua Quest Trail Map Case 8/19/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 REI Vaporush Windstopper Pants 8/11/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Big Agnes Third Degree 6/12/2018
user rating: 3 of 5 Keen Targhee EXP Waterproof Mid 4/11/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Helly Hansen HH Lifa Merino Pant 3/31/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Helly Hansen HH Lifa Merino 1/2 Zip 3/31/2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit 3/10/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Tarptent StratoSpire 1 2/10/2018
user rating: 3 of 5 Proster Anemometer 12/22/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid 10/03/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Vargo Triad Multi-Fuel Stove 9/04/2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 humangear GoBites Duo 8/27/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Vargo Titanium Folding Spork 8/01/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Packit Gourmet Texas State Fair Chili 6/17/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents 4/09/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent 4/09/2017
user rating: 5 of 5 Marmot Ether DriClime Jacket 4/01/2017
user rating: 3 of 5 GSI Outdoors 10 Oz. Flask 2/18/2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 ULA Equipment Ohm 2.0 1/29/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter 1/15/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter 1/08/2017
user rating: 4 of 5 Good To-Go Thai Curry 12/23/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Good To-Go Smoked Three Bean Chili 12/20/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Bushnell PowerView 12x 25mm Folding Binoculars 11/26/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Packit Gourmet Santa Fe Breakfast Corn Pudding 11/21/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Coghlan's Fire Paste 10/30/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Amphipod Swift-Clip Cap Light 10/02/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 REI Trail Chair 9/15/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Old Town Pack 8/28/2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Smartwater Bottles 8/27/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Rite in the Rain All-Weather Memo Book No. 374-M 8/20/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Vargo 1.3 Liter Titanium Pot 8/16/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Trail Designs Ultralight Glasses 8/15/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof 5/14/2016
user rating: 3 of 5 Sea to Summit Delta Insul-Mug 4/17/2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Marmot Tungsten 3P 10/17/2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 NEMO Astro Lite Insulated 10/13/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 Princeton Tec Sync 10/03/2015
user rating: 2.5 of 5 REI AirRail 1.5 Self-Inflating Pad 6/29/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 REI Campware Cup 4/10/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 Feathered Friends Osprey UL 30 4/05/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 LightHeart Gear SoLong 6 10/21/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri 10/21/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Marmot Sawtooth 15 8/17/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Gregory Z 55 8/17/2014

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