125 reviewer rep
3,437 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

What features would you like to see on a Trekking Pole? November 28, 2019
Nite Ize vs. knots November 29, 2019
Kelty Chilkoot Pack question November 22, 2019
Adventure 16 closing, sad. November 27, 2019
bear bags or food bags November 27, 2019
Going Forward November 23, 2019
We are about to quit the Tour de Mont Blanc on the most snowy uphill November 23, 2019
Coffee On The Trail November 22, 2019
February to November 2020 Bike Tour November 22, 2019
My Journey as a Trail Guide - Part 2 of 3 November 21, 2019
Headlamp/Lantern Review Tip November 11, 2019
Do I need a winter bag or can i combine what i already have? November 18, 2019
What really Ticks you off on the trail? November 15, 2019
Ultimate survival tool November 14, 2019
Outdoors tech shaming - what do you think? November 14, 2019
A winter sweat tip November 11, 2019
Ooof - Backcountry.com stumbles into a hornet's nest November 8, 2019
The Tour de Mont Blanc trail is too challenging? - Day 3 of TMB in France November 9, 2019
We got into the worst thunderstorm of our lives on Tour de Mont Blanc in France! November 2, 2019
Tent/Shelter Delamination: Expectations October 31, 2019