125 reviewer rep
3,493 forum posts
joined Mar 16, 2010

I am a: 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

Just had a few years taken off my life February 18, 2020
DIY: UL Hiking Staff February 13, 2020
Source for repair and improvement bits and bobs February 9, 2020
Sierra Stories January 27, 2020
January Baldpate Adventure February 4, 2020
Need advice for some good quality budget self-standing tent. Considering NatureHike Star River 2 January 30, 2020
Photos now large and can't be resized? January 29, 2020
Cold fingers and toes? Keep your core warm January 22, 2020
2020 Goals? January 21, 2020
Camp shoes for winter backpacking January 20, 2020
Can't believe how this Tour de Mont Blanc ends - Fenetre d'Arpette in Switzerland January 18, 2020
New to tarp camping January 16, 2020
Tarp January 13, 2020
Rechargeable batteries January 10, 2020
New camera: photography on the trail. January 11, 2020
Taylor Pond/Catamount Mtn NY January 7, 2020
Worst gear ever? December 31, 2019
Katana 500mm Folding Saw December 29, 2019
Winter sleeping bag recommendations December 30, 2019
Crossing waterfalls, changeable weather and cows attack - Day 8 of Tour de Mont Blanc in Italy December 29, 2019