Rowdy Yates

14 reviewer rep
34 forum posts
joined Apr 11, 2008

I am a: 80-year-old male backpacker
Location: Moss, TN
Occupation: Methodist Evangelist




Height5' 8"
Torso Length19
Boot/Shoe Size8
Jacket/Shirt Size42
Pant Size38

I am an avid Hiker/Backpacker and have section hiked approximately 740 miles of The Appalachian Trail. I have modified my gear and gone ultralight. My pack, with all gear (less food & water), now weighs in at approx. 25 lbs. In July of 2009 I attempted to close the section from Dennis Cove Road to Damascus. It rained, no it poured, every day but one. On our next to the last day of hiking, again in pouring rain, I turned my left ankle and took a tumble of about 20 feet down the side of a mountain. I twisted my back, bruised my left hip and sprung my left shoulder & wrist. I stopped at US 431, 15 miles short of my destination. Due to arthritis in both of my knees I can no longer hike, so I have had give up my dream of completing the A.T. I still have hundreds of memories that remain so I reckon I can live with that.

Gear Reviews (5)

user rating: 4.5 of 5 Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap 3/02/2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Fox River Wick Dry Explorer Sock 2/02/2010
user rating: 4 of 5 GoLite Footwear Men's Spike Tail 7/16/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 T3K Under Gear LS Compression Shirt 7/16/2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Mountainsmith Youth Pursuit 4/11/2008

Forum Posts

WTB: Appalachian Trail Mate (CD) July 3, 2019
Lots of UL Gear for sale October 26, 2018
FS: Men's Keen Targhee Waterproof Mid Hiking Boots December 18, 2017
jackets for sale CHEAP! 50 or less November 26, 2017
WTB: Fuel Pump Assembly Apex II Stove November 15, 2017
FS: Tarptent DW Moment November 9, 2017
Merrell Wilderness Hikers (M13) September 1, 2017
Camp Trails Wolf Pack Backpack May 27, 2016
WTB: Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone May 5, 2016
Wanted: May 4, 2016
Appalachian Trail Mate CD October 11, 2012
Quest Tents November 9, 2011
Private messaging function? November 15, 2009
Health Item to Review February 23, 2010
For Sales - Mountain Hardwear ProShell Technical Shell December 27, 2009
New Gear Review Categories September 28, 2009
FS Walrus Mountain 360 Mesh 2 person tent $100+ September 6, 2009
NEEDED: Tarptent Sublite Sil July 3, 2009
Reviews July 17, 2009
WTB: Prolite Fast & Light May 17, 2009