utah backpacker

610 reviewer rep
5 forum posts
joined Aug 15, 2011

I am a: 55-year-old male backpacker
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Occupation: Business Development Manager

Activities

Hiking
Backpacking
Snowshoeing
Canoeing
Fishing

Vitals

Height5'9"
Weight170
Torso Length20"
Boot/Shoe Size10
Jacket/Shirt SizeMedium
Pant Size34/30

I've been hiking and backpacking since I was a kid.  When I was 16 years old, I spent 5 nights solo in the backcountry on the border of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.  No bears but I did share my camp with a cow moose I could have sworn was tame.

I grew up in the shadow of the Tetons but never climbed The Grand.  It's still a goal.

I was an alpine skier into my 30's when my knees finally took the fun out of it.  I turned to snowshoeing and have as much love for it as I ever had for skiing.  And it's a hell of a lot less expensive, which probably accounts for some of the love!

Living in Utah, the diversity of the backcountry is astounding!  From slick rock, to vast expanses of desert, to glaciated alpine lakes, it seems you really can have your cake and eat it too!

Last but not least, you don't have to spend a fortune on gear.  I have very little patience until it comes to finding the best deals on gear, and then I wait until what I want is on sale.  Who cares if it's last year's, or a discontinued model - most high quality gear will last years.  Just like my dad always said, "It pays to do your homework!"

Gear Reviews (32)

user rating: 4.5 of 5 Big Agnes Insulated Double Z 1/28/2016
user rating: 5 of 5 Deuter ACT Lite 65+10 7/30/2015
user rating: 4 of 5 Patagonia Men's Alpine Guide Pants 10/02/2014
user rating: 4 of 5 Kelty TN2 8/27/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Katadyn Hiker PRO 7/11/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Katadyn Base Camp 7/10/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Coleman Classic 2-Burner Stove 4/17/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Columbia Men's Steens Mountain Full Zip 4/17/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Sea to Summit Pocket Shower 4/17/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 Sea to Summit Folding Bucket 4/11/2014
user rating: 3 of 5 Garmin eTrex 30 4/10/2014
user rating: 5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Halulite Tea Kettle 3/24/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Merrell Chameleon 3 Stretch 3/24/2014
user rating: 3 of 5 Easton ATR-60 1/17/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 MSR Evo 1/17/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Backpacker Cookset 1/16/2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 MSR Lightning Tail 1/16/2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Source Widepac Hydration System 12/12/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Sea to Summit Reactor Thermolite Liner 12/12/2013
user rating: 5 of 5 Kelty Ignite DriDown 16 12/12/2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 MSR DragonFly 12/12/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Deuter Aircontact 75+10 8/09/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV 5/09/2013
user rating: 4 of 5 Sierra Designs Omni Jacket 2/21/2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Patagonia Men's Fitz Roy Down Hoody 9/05/2012
user rating: 3.5 of 5 Marmot Limelight 2P 9/05/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 MSR WhisperLite 7/18/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 MSR Men's Lightning Ascent 4/05/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 Big Agnes Encampment 15° 4/05/2012
user rating: 4 of 5 ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 4/05/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Kelty Coyote 80 3/22/2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Kelty Men's Coyote 4750 8/15/2011

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