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I can answer questions pertaining to backpacking/day hiking, snowshoeing, and general camping questions. I can also answer questions pertaining to clothing and equipment selection, maintenance, and repair. I will also be able to answer most general recreation/touring kayaking questions.

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I have been very active my whole life; mt biking, running, scuba diving, sailing …etc. I have been an avid hiker for the past 22 years. I have hiked trails in both the national and state park systems in approximately 20 states through out the US. Personally, I enjoy dessert hiking the most and have spent more time in these areas of the country (i.e. Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, South and North Dakota Badlands) I have canoed and kayaked in the Boundary Waters (Minnesota), the Missouri River (Montana) and several areas within Minnesota. I have lived/worked at Mammoth Station (park HQ) in Yellowstone National Park. In addition, I spent three years working for a major camping/mountaineering retailer and have a very good understanding of most gear/clothing used for camping, backpacking and kayaking.


BA Sociology, Naval OCS, NETC Newport, RI

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2016-06-16 Tents:

James,    I don't know if there is going to be a great solution without having something made special.  Most moderne tents are made of lighter colors so they will be bright and cheery inside (helps keep

2013-10-22 back pack gear:

Tyler,    You are looking for a pack that will handle two to three day trips and possibly a week long trip.  Since it sounds like most of your trips would be closer to three day trips,  I would buy a pack

2013-08-14 Backpacking/Camping:

Matt,    My first suggestion would be to get the book called "Bear Aware" it is part of the Falcon Guide series.  Most good book stores should have it, as well as outdoor retailers like REI.  It's only

2013-03-04 Camping equipment:

Ron,    I going to make an assumption that since you mentioned a table and cots, you will be car camping.  If this is correct this will give you some more options in choosing a tent.     Given your needs

2013-02-26 How practical is it to alter your backpacking backpack?:

Nick,    Adding loops or straps to a backpack is pretty easy.  I'm not sure what type of material your pack is made of either nylon or canvas, but either way this will work.  First decide what kind and


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