ronrude

389 reviewer rep
7 forum posts
joined Feb 26, 2009

I am a: male backpacker
Location: Iowa
Occupation: Field Service Engineer

Affiliations: No

Activities

Backpacking
Motorcycling
BBQ

Vitals

Height6'
Boot/Shoe Size13 1/2

As a boyscout, camping most of my youth around Eastern ND and Western MN when time allowed, I caught the camping bug.  

Spring Break in 1984 was canoeing in the BWCA for 8 days, and 1985 backpacking the Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite for 11 days

Now in my 50's and years of back pain eliminated in the last 8 months, my goal is to get back to backpacking.  Back pain kept me from walking more than a block for 20 years.  My cure was stopping statin cholesterol medication. 

For the last few years I have been messing with alcohol stoves and collected different cook pots.  Purchased and built.  With the pain gone, it is time to hit the treadmill and the trail and get myself back into some backpacking.  I'm working toward gearing up for ultralight to super ultralight.  Starting low cost and adding quality over time as needed.  

Gear Reviews (10)

user rating: 4.5 of 5 Ozark Trail 3-Piece Cook Set 3/25/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Stanley Mountain Compact Cook Set 3/25/2016
user rating: 4 of 5 Nomad Life Titanium Stove 6/20/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 humangear GoBites Duo 6/20/2015
user rating: 5 of 5 humangear GoBites Uno 6/20/2015
user rating: 3.5 of 5 REI Folding Utensil Set 12/28/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Esbit Folding Stove and Pot Stand 9/28/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Vargo Triad Alcohol Stove 9/27/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Stanley Adventure Camp Cook Set 24oz 4/19/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 Vargo Decagon 2/26/2009

Forum Posts

advice the lantern November 17, 2015
Speaking of Bears, Recent Bear Attack, Ya'll Be Careful Out There June 7, 2015
Illuminated Tent Stakes May 19, 2015
Vargo Windscreen "Patina?" August 30, 2013
Knives: How good is good enough? September 14, 2012
Cookware: Titanium, Aluminum, or...Paper? January 10, 2012