I'm a 34 year old woman and have been hiking and backpacking for the
last 12 years.
I spend most of my weekends (year round, braving both winter and
black fly season) hiking and backpacking in the White Mountains of
New Hampshire. When I have more time, I tend to travel further
afield. Most recently, I thruhiked the AT in 1999.
On other travels in the U.S., I've hiked in the Rockies, Cascades,
Olympics, Grand Canyon, Paria Canyon, and Yosemite. Outside the
U.S., I've hiked in Switzerland, Austria, Mexico, Norway, China, and
High up on my list of places to go next includes Kilimanjaro, Ranier,
and a PCT thruhike.
I am now a fairly lightweight backpacker, open to lightening my load
more but not at the risk of safety. My friends know me as a resource
and often ask for my opinion of gear before they make purchases of
hiking gear. I also actively contribute to at least one email list
of hikers and backpackers where a primary focus is gear talk.
I welcome the opportunity to objectively evaluate gear and provide
feedback to manufacturers in order that they might provide the best
Somerville, MA 02144
(Street address for UPS deliveries available upon request.)