Lost Ranger

Lost Ranger

Olympics, Capitol Forest, Cascades

Lost Ranger's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Lost Ranger's Bio

I'm a National Park Service Ranger during the Summer, and a freelance writer for trails.com year-round. I log about 2000 trail miles a year, and try to spend at least 100 nights in a tent.

Lost Ranger

Lost Ranger wrote a review of on February 24, 2010

5 5

I bought a Nixon Scout watch about 6 years ago and wore it through sandstorms in Iraq, snowstorms in the mountains of Southern Germany, surfing in the Netherlands, rock climbing in the Cascades, hiking in Glacier/Olympic/Rainier NP's, and everything in between. This watch is super sturdy, and will outlast 2-3 sets of batteries at least!

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Lost Ranger wrote a review of on February 24, 2010

4 5

I'd give it 5 stars if I liked the sporks. Other than that, it does *almost* everything I need it to do. It compensates for that by being a storage space for my Snow Peak LiteMax stove and a canister. If you like pancakes, bacon, or fried eggs, you'll need a pan as the pot is just a bit too tall for cooking those items. It boils fast, cleans up quick, and is pretty versatile.

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Lost Ranger wrote a review of on February 24, 2010

4 5

This disarmingly small stove was recommended by a friend who runs an outfitting shop, and she was right, it's about as light as you can get! I keep it and a canister inside my GSI Dualist kit, and it's a perfect fit. Just put it in the bowl on bottom, and put the canister on top of it, viola! The only pitfall for this handy little stove is that it does not have a self-contained ignition source, so make sure to bring your fire making device of choice.

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Lost Ranger wrote a review of on February 24, 2010

4 5

I got these pants not too long ago, and they have already proven themselves. These pants have seen rain, snow, stream crossings, and almost 50 miles of under-maintained trail. The rain just beads up and rolls off of these pants! The pockets are well placed, and there is a smaller pocket inside the right cargo pocket where I have been putting my compass.

My only gripe about these pants is that the zipper pulls are too small for numb hands (lost my gloves one day), to remedy this, I have taken some old boot lace and lengthened the pulls!

Other than that, these are great pants, very sharp looking, and very functional!

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Lost Ranger wrote a review of on February 24, 2010

5 5

First, as far as sizes go, I'm 5'10" 170lb and am wearing a men's medium. The shirt is a slim fit, so if you aren't planning to use it as a base layer, or close to the base layer, go up a size.

I have had this shirt for almost 2 years now, and I wear it year-round hiking in the Olympics and Cascades. It is usually a second layer over a merino wool base layer on those really cold nights. Here in Washington the weather is predictably unpredictable, so this fleece has seen just about anything nature can throw at it; from sub-zero temperatures to skirting a forest fire, sunny days to sideways freezing rain.

All told, I don't go out without this shirt.

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