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108 reviewer rep
40 forum posts
joined Jul 12, 2007

I am a: 84-year-old mountaineer
Location: Rural SE, AZ
Occupation: Retired scientist




Height5' 9"
Torso Length17
Boot/Shoe Size11.5
Jacket/Shirt SizeL
Pant Size34/30

I am a retired university scientist living in the rural Sonoran Desert of SE Arizona. I started backpacking in 1946 and climbing in 1952. I have hiked and climbed in the western US, western Canada, Alaska, Antarctica, Japan and North Africa (Morocco). I have climbed most of the major peaks in Washington, Oregon and California and some of the major peaks of Alaska and western Canada. My climbing is much less ambitious now; my hands are arthritic and easily prone to cold damage. I through-hiked the John Muir Trail, solo, in early September of 2008 while in my early 70's. This was a reprise of a solo through-hike of the JMT in 1954 when I was a teenager. This past summer at age 75 (2012) I hiked the PCT from Kennedy Meadows to Vidette Meadow averaging 12 miles per day.  I have section-hiked a fair stretch of the PCT; I still have major blanks in southern and northern California.

Gear Reviews (2)

user rating: 5 of 5 Six Moon Designs Starlite 10/03/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 7/16/2009


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