125 reviewer rep
3,400 forum posts
joined Mar 16, 2010

I am a: male backpacker
Location: Torrance, CA
Occupation: Restaurant Owner


Backcountry skiing
Geezering around
astro projecting
gastro sonic technician
semi-pro marriage counselor

I am a well preserved, cranky, apprentice codger, who backpacks to get away from people, then invites some to join him anyway. I will argue just to hear myself speak, except I am hard of hearing, so I guess that’s my excuse for not knowing what I am talking about. I have found nothing beats good company around a camp fire, except maybe enjoying a good camp fire in solitude. I have the dubious pleasure of discovering trash atop a few peaks that were not previously summited, according to AAC records. I have also discovered while on said peaks strands of my wife’s hair amid gear which she has never seen or touched. How both trash and hair made it there is a mystery. I have actually cried out for mommy on a trek, feeling so miserable and afraid. Things only got worse when I had to eat a team member’s cooking. I have seen nature so beautiful the gods must have used photo shop, and wildlife behavior so bizarre I thought I was being punked on hidden camera.

As you may deduct, I don’t take myself seriously, except maybe to have a seriously good time. I like the vibe of this web site and forum members; they are generous souls, some who like a good debate too. Should you disagree with one of my posts, however, do not tell me I am wrong – my wife and daughter consider that THEIR divine commission, and you would only be encroaching on their domain. Besides, why argue with a fool who has at least three answers to a yes/no question?

Perhaps someday we will cross paths in the backcountry. I’ll be the guy who looks like a lost and stoned tourist wearing a Hawaiian shirt (and other clothes of course, I am not a perv). I’ll be shouldering a pack that looks heavy enough to include every comfort conceivable. And it does. If you see this guy, RUN IN THE OTHER DIRECTION, my mental illness is contagious. I am likely to invite you over to my fire for a smoke and drink, and through words and actions leave no doubt in your mind that monkeys are descended from man, and not vice versa.

Gear Reviews (3)

user rating: 4 of 5 Zpacks Z-Line Dyneema Cord 1.2 mm 7/09/2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Asolo Men's Expert GV 2/05/2011
user rating: 4.5 of 5 Cree 3 Watt Zoom Ultra Bright Headlamp 11/16/2010

Trip Reports

North Big Pine Creek 7/22/18 July 28, 2018
Eastern Sierra 7/2017 August 9, 2017
Joshua Tree NP 4/2017 April 10, 2017
Bishop North Lake - South Lake Loop 2016 September 22, 2016
Pine Creek, near Bishop, Calif. September 15, 2015

Forum Posts

Strange smell in Paramo jacket September 23, 2019
Puffy Jacket Alternatives? September 25, 2019
One Last Trail Crew--I bailed September 19, 2019
Cane grip vs. vertical grip trekking poles. September 13, 2019
Can your alcohol stove cook Jiffy Pop? September 10, 2019
Before Spar Varnish August 30, 2019
Your thoughts on hiking poles August 29, 2019
Attempt on Taylor Peak and thoughts on gear I chose. August 24, 2019
Leki Wanderfreund can grip poles. August 24, 2019
Congratulations, Seth and Maine Coast Heritage Trust August 20, 2019
Let the flame orange wars begin August 20, 2019
What could go wrong? August 19, 2019
Sabrina Basin August 17, 2019
Iceland II: Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls August 9, 2019
LNT in the new millenium August 14, 2019
How to glue backpack August 11, 2019
How to hike Half Dome? August 5, 2019
Do you use gaiters for mild weather trips? July 29, 2019
Pot Shots July 24, 2019
The argument for a single trekking pole and rubber tips. July 27, 2019