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Rowdy Yates

29 reviewer rep
36 forum posts
joined Apr 11, 2008

I am a: 81-year-old 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 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


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