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Reviewer of the Month: March 2012

1,771 reviewer rep
3,962 forum posts
joined Nov 20, 2009

I am a: 45-year-old backpacker
Location: Meandering Aimlessly
Occupation: Adrenaline Junkie/Part Time Professional Crash Test Dummy/Jack of All Trades, Master of None... Oh, and I am a ridge runner on the LHHT. (My "occupation" has to do with industrial & commercial construction.)


Mountain biking
Hanging out on Mons Agnes/Ina Caldera


Height5' 10"
Torso Length18.5"(although I think I am shrinking.)
Boot/Shoe Size46.5/47(Euro) 12.5/13(US)
Jacket/Shirt SizeL/XL(dependent upon manufacturer and layering needs)
Pant Size34-36(dependent upon manufacturer and layering needs)

I spend more time in the outdoors than I do in(or at least I make my best attempt to do so.)  I have been playing around in backcountry settings all of my life in all seasons and have made mistakes over the years as to what works and what doesn't...

My shoulders/back hurt because I didn't distribute the load in my pack right, I froze my tail off because I was sweating in sub zero temps, I've had ground beef for feet because I thought I knew how to fit boots, and a whole slew of other things that I don't wish on anyone. I have learned alot over the many years that I have been meandering around in the backcountry; at the same time I don't know everything(I become ever so increasingly aware of this as time goes on... Thanks to my loving wife. :)

I am sure I can learn quite a bit here and at the same time I hope to give some useful info back. If I can offer any type of insight pertaining to a subject I will, if the subject of discussion is something I have little or no experience with I will just sit back and watch the replies from other Trailspace members. The info could quite possibly be beneficial to me as well.  

One can never have "too much" knowledge. 

A few favorite quotes:

  • Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”

      -John Muir 

  • "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.

      Today I am wise, so I am changing myself."


  • "The worst form of failure is the failure to try." 


  • “Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.”

    ― Albert Einstein

Gear Reviews (18)

user rating: 4.5 of 5 Outdoor Research Stormtracker Gloves 11/04/2012
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Hilleberg Anjan 2 8/14/2012
user rating: 5 of 5 Hilleberg Soulo 7/11/2012
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Outdoor Research Salamander Gaiters 4/18/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 National Geographic The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide 4/11/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 Outdoor Research Prismatic Cap 2/13/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Osprey Stratos 26 2/08/2012
user rating: 2 of 5 Mile High Mountaineering Divide 55 11/29/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 Victorinox Swiss Army Soldier's Knife 08 10/15/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 Leki Thermolite Aergon XL Antishock 10/12/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 9/01/2011
user rating: 2.5 of 5 Callpod Fueltank Duo 6/05/2011
user rating: 5 of 5 Outdoor Research Radar Pocket Cap 4/06/2011
user rating: 3 of 5 Keen Pyrenees 3/19/2011
user rating: 4 of 5 Eureka! Mountain Pass 3XTE 2/01/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Gerber Obsidian 1/21/2010
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Columbia Cougar Flats II 1/14/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 Eureka! Mountain Pass 2XTE 11/23/2009


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