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What is the personality profile of a light weight backpacker?
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Douglas Johnson
(Sponge) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Profile on 12/29/2007 11:30:39 MST Print View

Sex: Male

Age: 29

Marital Status: Married with 2 daughters

Race: German/Swede/Irish mix

Occupation: USAF

Location: Based in Phoenix, AZ , on location everywhere! (Born in CO)
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling to distant lands, Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Hiking, trying out new sustainable technology, and taking my male Japanese Akita "Kobi" for runs in the park!

I tend to spend long nights analyzing data and fiddling with gear...BS degree in Aeronautical Science / Physics might be a factor! MYOG is up next! =)

David Neumann
(idahomtman) - M

Locale: Northern Idaho
Profile on 12/29/2007 12:07:11 MST Print View

Married, 34 years
3 children all on their own (mostly), 2 grandchildren
School Superintendent, volleyball coach
North Central Idaho (left CA in 1971)
Backpacking (47 years), skiing, whitewater rafting, running, biking, volleyball, carpentry, gardening

J Bailey
(jbaile38) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Profile on 12/29/2007 14:20:25 MST Print View

-Teacher (High School Mathematics)
-Graduate Student (Discrete Mathematics)
Denver, CO
Backpacking, Snowboarding, Training my Dog, Cooking, Music (Mostly Independent: Country, Metal, Hip Hop, Rock, Folk, Pop and more), Movies and Books

John Haley
(Quoddy) - F

Locale: New York/Vermont Border
Profile on 12/29/2007 16:16:48 MST Print View

Sex: Male

Age: 67

Marital Status: Married (46 years) 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson.

Race: Caucasian (Irish & German/Dutch mix)

Occupation: Retired 2006 - USAF Meteorologist 20 years, Trucking/Warehousing Operations Manager 18 years, Emergency Services Dispatcher (and EMT) 8 years.

Location: Upstate New York right on the Vermont border. 15 minutes from the AT and LT,

Interests: Long distance Hiking, Snowshoeing, Canoeing. Spend almost all my time with my dog. Recently started making gear.

Edited by Quoddy on 02/11/2008 15:22:49 MST.

Joe Westing
(pedro87) - F
Profile on 12/29/2007 16:30:21 MST Print View

Sex: male

Age: 17

Marital Status: single

Race: Caucasian (German/Italian/Scotch-Irish)

Occupation: Student (HS)

Location: NJ

Hobbies/Interests: Backpacking, Hiking, Rafting, Traveling, Scouts, Playing Trumpet, Listening to Rock or Jazz, Movies, Computer/Tech, Reading, Looking at Maps

Favorite Classes: Earth Science, Physics


trends I've seen so far:
-many interested in physics/engineering/technology/tinkering
-many have similar MBTI

Edited by pedro87 on 12/29/2007 16:31:00 MST.

Aaron Sorensen
(awsorensen) - MLife

Locale: South of Forester Pass
Re: Personality profile of a light weight backpacker? on 12/29/2007 18:33:06 MST Print View

Sex: Male
Age: 30's
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: US Coast Guard
Location: Bay area

Love making my own gear, SUL fastpacking, and ultra anything.

Crazy things I've done:

1. JMT Unsupported attempt. Started with sub 15 lbs pack.

2. Primal Quest Utah last year and doing PQ in Montana next year.

3. Have run 105 miles in 24 hours.

Future things to do:

1. Taho Rim Trail Unsupported Record next year.
2. Top 30 or even 20 in Primal Quest
3. Furnace Creek 508
4. Hardrock 100
5. Run Barkley 100
6. Deca-triathlon in Mexico

As you can tell from the list, it seems the older I get the stupier I get as well.

Edited by awsorensen on 12/30/2007 14:40:17 MST.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Personality profile of a light weight backpacker? on 12/30/2007 08:15:35 MST Print View

Sex: Male

Age: 43

Marital Status: Married w/children (1-9 years old...2 pretty girls & 1 little devil)

Race: Caucasian

Occupation: Ph.D. Materials Scientist. I identify/develop new barrier packaging films for Kraft Foods to protect their food (Chips Ahoy cookies, Oscar Mayer, Cheese, coffee) from oxygen & moisture.

Location: Allentown, PA area (I'm ~15 miles from the AT).

Previous adventures: Moab area, Yosemite, Oregon's Cascades, Joshua Tree, and lots of hikes on the AT in TN/NC, VA, PA, & NY.

Hobbies/Interest: Family activities, Backpacking, Reading (mostly living vicariously through other people that get outdoors more than me)

Goals: Next year, take my 5 & 9 year old on overnighter hikes on the AT and introduce my family to Yosemite! In the next 5 years, I'd like to make time to hke the JMT. Longer term, I'd like to do other large sections of the PCT, CDT, and explore some of the national parks more.

Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Re: Re: Personality profile of a light weight backpacker? on 12/31/2007 09:29:10 MST Print View

Sex: Male

Age: 58

Marital Status: Married to a Chinese immigrant (now a citizen) w/2 sons (20 and 24)

Race: Caucasian

Occupation: M.A., database architect, database system analyst, database programmer, for a major health insurance company.

Location: Edina, Minnesota

Previous adventures: High Sierra Trail (in Sequoia National Park), every summer 2000-2007, in 2007 did the HST round trip.

Hobbies/Interest: Audiobooks, long walks with my dog and audiobooks, avid Internet Researcher (news, research items, Backpack planning).

Goals: Next year, 160 miles of the JMT. Eventually I want to bribe or convince my sons to join me -- the youngest did once in 2003 but does not want to do it again. Start a Catholic Hiking Club in the Twin Cities, MN. (in my parish, I offered my BP expertise and company on the JMT in exchange for a donation to the Church and a fellow parishioner donated the amount to the parish, so we'll have at least 3 memers on the JMT hike in 2008).

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Personality profile of a light weight backpacker? on 12/31/2007 10:03:11 MST Print View

Sex: Male

Age: 46

Marital Status: Blissfully Single

Race: Chinese

Occupation: Accountant

Location: Home of the Rose Bowl

Hobbies/Interest: Traveling, backpacking, wasting time surfing backpacking forums and gear sites, reading (love to read about history, economics, cultures)

Future thing to do: Travel around the world taking only trains and ships.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Personality profile of a light weight backpacker? on 12/31/2007 10:22:27 MST Print View

Gender: Male

Age: Early 40's

Personal Status: Single

Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian, irish/cajun hybrid

Occupation: Physician

Location: North Texas, originally from Louisiana

Pre-Occupations: Many outdoor sports, physical fitness, funny movies, good music, simple living.

Edited by jshann on 01/03/2008 20:23:14 MST.

Dustin Meyer
(dustinmeyer) - F

Locale: Kansas City Metro
Profile on 01/01/2008 15:20:12 MST Print View

Sex: Male

Age: 28

Marital Status: Single

Race: Caucasian

Occupation: Web Developer

Location: Kansas

Hobbies/Interest: Backpacking, Computers, watching sports

Edited by dustinmeyer on 01/01/2008 15:21:19 MST.

Anitra Kass
(Anitraten) - F

Locale: SoCal
Profile on 01/01/2008 16:19:50 MST Print View

Age 29
I work as a substitute teacher.
I currently reside in SoCal.
I am a huge sports fan, in addition to hiking and backpacking. Sports, sports, sports.

Gary McDaniel
(gmrv4) - F
profile on 01/02/2008 07:58:31 MST Print View

sex: male
age: 50
married no kids 3 cats
race: National Auto Sports Association National Competition License holder and white w/ freckles
Occupation: Pilot
Location: Kansas City MO
Hobbies: Building things, built an airplane in my basement and flew it to Alaska, built a 17'kevlar canoe and paddled it down the Bloodvein River, built a 4x5 view camera, built a Factory 5 race car and race it in NASA sanctioned competitions, backpacking, fly fishing, photography, radio controlled model airplanes

It is interesting to see what other folks here are doing.

Graham Sims
(Jenner) - F
I am on 01/02/2008 08:46:35 MST Print View

twenty and one
Single, no kids, no goals
Scandinavian and Cherokee
ex-bike messenger, currently unemployed carpenter
South Carolina but moving to Amherst mass shortly
I like death/doom/black metal, rock climbing, bicycles, tinkering, horticulture ;-), and blowing things up

*edit* How could I forget that I like good beer? Porters and Bocks por favor

Edited by Jenner on 01/02/2008 09:18:55 MST.

Dan Whalley
(thedanwhalley) - F

Locale: peakdistrict natonial park, UK
me on 01/02/2008 11:27:04 MST Print View

My information:

Sex: Male

Age: 26

Marital Status: living with girlfriend

Race: English

Occupation: Outdoor Instructor

Location: White peak area of the peak district

Hobbies/Interest: Backpacking (ultralight of course!) Hiking, scrambling, bushcraft, making my own gear, canoeing, mountain biking, reading about the outdoors, movies!

Edited by thedanwhalley on 01/02/2008 11:28:35 MST.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
a little about me... on 01/02/2008 11:33:39 MST Print View

My information:

Sex: Female

Age: 39

Marital Status: Married w/children

Race: Scottish/Canadian

Occupation: Wilderness Cookbook Author and Website Designer

Location: near the Grand River, Ontario, Canada

Hobbies/Interest: Backpacking, Canoeing, Gardening, Cooking, Art, Reading, Writing, History, and Photography

edited to add: I also love to collect vintage and antique backpacking stoves but I don't use them - they weigh too much

Edited by Laurie_Ann on 01/02/2008 11:39:02 MST.

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: a little about me... on 01/02/2008 18:00:18 MST Print View

My information:

Sex: Male

Age: 35

Marital Status: Married with one son- Henry!

Race: Euro American- Irish/English/German/Dutch/Apache ancestry

Occupation: Vice Principal of an Elementary School, President of a small non-profit (, BackpackingLight Editor

Location: Redmond, Washington- USA

Major hobbies: Playing outside with my wife Amy and my son Henry, Backpacking, Mountain biking, snow shoeing, travelling, hanging with family, hording and weighing gear

Minor hobbies that I have all the gear for and enjoy occasionally: mountaineering, road biking, whitewater canoeing, scuba diving, off road motorcycling, snowmobiling, sledding, archery, cross country skiing, dj'ing parties, Alfa Romeos, photography, collecting music, computers and related gadgets, dancing, collecing and studying Mayan huipiles, and these days, working on my house. :-)

Give this guy another friggin hobby!

Oh yeah- I have an RC car too. And I sea kayak sometimes. And I can snowboard.

But I don't cook and I don't do crossword puzzles. :-)

Big backpacking goal:
I'm training for what I'm calling the Triple 50- 3 50 mile days back to back on the PCT in Oregon. I'm totally stoked on this and I think about it daily. I can't wait to see if I can do it!

Edited by djohnson on 01/02/2008 18:06:38 MST.

Ryan Faulkner
(ryanf) - F

Locale: Mid atlantic, No. Cal
Re: a little about me... on 01/02/2008 18:28:30 MST Print View

my info:

Sex: Male

Age: 15

Race: english/scottish/irish/german

Location: D.C. suburbs

Favorite Hiking so far: SIERRAS, Uintas, shenendoah, dolly sods

Hobbies/Interests: Backpacking, Running, biking, Swimming, triathlon, snowshoeing, XC skiing, downhill skiing, photography, playing around with my spreadsheets, maps, and gear.

Goals: Sierra high route, Tuscarora trail, Triple crown thru-hikes, Skurka-sized expedition (I have a good Idea in mind :)) mini triple crown with a twist, Id like to try out some mountaineering, 7 summits depending on my situation in the future, training for a first Ironman length triathlon.

Current project: finishing my Eagle and Denali scout awards. (within a month of completion!) William T. Hornaday conservation Medal. (Im not so much in it for the award, just seems like a good excuse for doing 3 or for conservation projects)
and planning for this summers trek.. 260 mile stretch of CDT, south pass-old faithful, yellowstone

Edited by ryanf on 01/02/2008 18:30:30 MST.

David Lewis
(davidlewis) - MLife

Locale: Nova Scotia, Canada
My turn :P on 01/04/2008 18:27:48 MST Print View

Wow... I'm amazed at how on-topic this thread stayed. I guess people like talking about themselves. Speaking of which... my turn... LOL...

- Male
- 39
- Single
- Caucasian
- Web Designer & Developer
- Halifax, Canada

- Surfing
- Yoga
- Running
- Bonsai
- Classical Guitar
- Mountain Banjo
- Architecture & Design

Christopher Chupka

Locale: NTX
ME on 01/08/2008 16:14:18 MST Print View

Sex: Male

Age: 38

Marital Status: Married with two daughters age 9 and 6 months.

Race: Mom's family from UK, Dad's family from Canada and some pre-WWI Eastern European country that does not exist anymore.

Occupation: Tech Support for school district (hate it), getting a alternative teaching cert for 4-8th Generalist. Weekend warrior with 20th SFG(A) in Alabama.

Location: Wichita Falls, TX- USA

Hobbies/Interest: Paying off school loan and CC bills. Running, backpacking, climbing when I can, roller blading, spending time with my family, and Call of Duty 4. I wasn't gonna put the COD4 but my wife made me.

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