utah backpacker

600 reviewer rep
5 forum posts
joined Aug 15, 2011

Full Name: private
55-year-old male backpacker
Salt Lake City, UT
Occupation: Business Development Manager
Email: private

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

Forum Posts (5)

Backcountry Starbucks April 5, 2012
Protein April 5, 2012
Midnight Exit April 5, 2012
Fording The Stream April 5, 2012
Re: Plastic shovel blues April 5, 2012


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!"




Torso Length20"
Boot/Shoe Size10
Jacket/Shirt SizeMedium
Pant Size34/30