Reviewer of the Month: August 2014 , November 2017

6,402 reviewer rep
170 forum posts
joined Dec 24, 2007

Full Name: private
40-year-old female backpacker
Miami, FL
Occupation: long-distance adventuring
Email: private

Affiliations: I am an activity leader for the Florida Trail Association.

Gear Reviews (77)

user rating: 4.5 of 5 Falcon Guides Paddling America: Discover and Explore Our 50 Greatest Wild and Scenic Rivers 4/11/2019
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Falcon Guides The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking 3/18/2019
user rating: 5 of 5 Katabatic Gear Alsek 2/28/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 Nikwax Down Wash 2/26/2019
user rating: 4 of 5 MontBell EX Light Down Anorak 12/28/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Toaks Titanium Long Handle Spoon with Polished Bowl 12/26/2018
user rating: 5 of 5 Dirty Girl Gaiters Gaiter 12/20/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Altra Women's Superior 3.5 12/20/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Smartwool Women's PhD Ultra Light Sport Jacket 12/12/2018
user rating: 4 of 5 Evernew Water Carry 6/29/2018

Forum Posts (170)

Re: Meet Phil: New England Hiker, Snowshoer, Reviewer of the Month December 13, 2018
Re: Icy Thanksgiving in Norwegian Hut December 6, 2018
Re: Getting lighter not a new Idea... November 8, 2018
Re: Ball Pass, Mt. Cook/Aoraki National Park, New Zealand June 1, 2018
Re: Five days on the Paria May 31, 2018

Trip Reports (3)

Ball Pass, Mt. Cook/Aoraki National Park, New Zealand May 31, 2018
Te Araroa, New Zealand February 2, 2018
Comanche Venable Loop Hike in the Sangre De Cristo Range, CO September 1, 2015


I love the great outdoors, and whatever kind of pursuits that get me out there and in it. I have lived in a lot of different places/climates, which has allowed me to 'sample' a wide variety of activities (master of none). I grew up land-locked in Colorado but somehow found a passion for the ocean too.  My all-time favorite pursuits are sea kayaking, surfing, and backpacking/thru-hiking.

In the summer of 2017, I started doing some serious section/thru-hiking, completing over 500 miles of the Colorado Trail (all of it plus some) and the first 270 miles of the Appalachian Trail. In December 2017, I hiked/paddled/bicycled the Te Araroa, a 3000 km journey the length of New Zealand. Then from July through October 2018, I hiked the entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail. All combined, I walked over 5000 miles in a year and a half.

As much as I love the outdoors, I love all the fun gear that makes it more enjoyable. Yes, I am a gear head, with no desire to seek help for my condition. I don't see it as a problem that I own multiple tents, tarps, quilts, bags, stoves, headlamps, etc. My closet is full of shoes but none have heels. I proudly have a collection of titanium and aluminum stakes. Need I say more.

So if you have a similar affliction, you have come to the right place! You can receive support here but don't expect to find a cure. Your condition may even worsen.

Thank you for feeding my addiction Trailspace!


Trail running
Adventure racing
Mountain biking
Sea kayaking


Torso Length16
Boot/Shoe Size9.5
Jacket/Shirt Size6
Pant Size4-6