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Pat Guinn

Pat Guinn

Snowbird, really any canyon along the wasatch front, Salt Lake City, UT

Pat Guinn's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Climbing

Pat Guinn's Bio

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I grew up at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy, Utah and I love to ski and rock climb. During the winter I can be found at Snowbird searching for powder. I still live in the Salt Lake City area and spend all my free time in the canyons either climbing, skiing, or hiking.


When I'm not outside, you can find me working in the Backcountry.com retail store at 2607 S. 3200 W., in Salt Lake City. Come on in and check it out!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wish I could get by with just balling up a sweatshirt to sleep on while I am backpacking, but I just can't. I have been suffering with whiplash for about 5 years now and can't sleep through the night without a decent pillow. Before I got this pillow I would wake up every morning with a stiff neck and a headache. This pillow has solved that problem. The combination between an inflatable bladder and a memory foam pillow top you can fine tune this pillow until it is the perfect height and plumpness. It also has a bungee cord system on the back so that you can strap your sweatshirt to the back of it if you need to add additional height. Best of all it deflates and packs down into a small roll, so it doesn't take up much space in your pack. So if you are like me, and need solid neck support, this pillow is a can't miss!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the L Space Print Platinum Bikini Top in the Fern color for my girlfriend before our last river trip and she has been stoked on them! The fit is great and she looks great in it, so all around we are stoked on this top! I also got her the L Space Color Block Low Down Classic Cut Bikini Bottom in the Seaglass color, which matches this top.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the L Space Color Block Low Down Classic Cut Bikini Bottom in the Seaglass color for my girlfriend before our last river trip and she has been stoked on them! The fit is great and she looks great in them, so all in all no complaints at all! I also got her the L Space Print Platinum Bikini Top in the Fern color, which matches these bottoms.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just tried this for the first time on my last camping trip. I was initially skeptical of Quinoa for breakfast, but my girlfriend insisted on trying this. And what can I say, I actually liked it quite a bit. It was surprisingly tasty, and satiated my hunger sufficiently. I will admit that there are other breakfast options I like better, but this one is pretty solid. My girlfriend loved it.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Do you like key lime pie? I do, on occasion. Now that occasion can happen when I am off the grid, hundreds of miles from civilization. This is a pretty solid dessert, and sure, it won't exactly look like a finely sliced piece of key lime pie, but it tastes about as close as you can get. If Key Lime Pie is your thing, look no further!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Tired of instant oatmeal every day? Well look no further, the fine people at Mountain House have brought us a new, easy, and delicious breakfast alternative! Just add cool water to the pouch, and you'll be eating rehydrated granola, blueberries and milk in no time! My girlfriend and I won't go backpacking without it.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you are looking for a daily hydration mix that will keep your electrolytes up and your pee clear, look no further! I bought this for my ill grandmother to use during her recovery and it worked like a charm! So buy this for you, your grandmother, your significant other, really anyone looking for a day to day hydration solution and you won't be disappointed!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When going into bear country, you need to have one of these with you. If you have more than one person and are going to be staying multiple nights the BV500 Bear Resistant Food Canister is what you will need. If you are traveling solo or just bringing enough food for one night then the smaller BV450 Solo Bear Resistant Food Canister should suffice. This canister looks huge, but once you start loading it up with food you will realize that this larger size is necessary for longer trips with multiple people. This is a great product, and has a sterling reputation in the bear food protection industry. Don't go into bear country without one!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

There are two things that I don't go backpacking without, Mountain House Chili Mac w/Beef, and Mountain House Lasagne with Meat Sauce. These are my two favorite dehydrated meals, and they have never done me wrong. They have followed me from the Wasatch, to the Grand Canyon, to the Sierras. You really can't go wrong!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are two things that I don't go backpacking without, Mountain House Chili Mac w/Beef, and Mountain House Lasagne with Meat Sauce. These are my two favorite dehydrated meals, and they have never done me wrong. They have followed me from the Wasatch, to the Grand Canyon, to the Sierras. You really can't go wrong!

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have sampled all sorts of Kate's bars and this one was by far the most unique. I love the coconut in it, makes for a very different, but very delicious taste. These are also made with the finest ingredients, so you really cant go wrong. I am not personally afflicted, but I have some gluten intolerant friends that love these bars. You really can't go wrong.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are exactly what you think they are. These are some comfy, well fitting cotton socks. Admittedly they aren't the most technically advanced socks on the market, but lets be honest, it is not fiscally responsible to wear the finest merino every day. So sometimes you need to rock some simple cotton socks. They are great for every day work or hangin' out socks. However, I would not recommend them for hiking, backpacking or any activity that will cause you to sweat, because they do not dry quickly at all. I have a size 9 foot and these fit me perfectly.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have had these socks before, and they are great. They are nice, thin, and lightweight, perfect for the hot summer months. They breathe well, and don't get sweaty and soggy like standard cotton socks. These are probably my favorite sock that Smartwool offers.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just used this pad for the first time on a week long camping trip and I was very pleased. Its super lightweight, packs down super small, and doesn't seem to sacrifice anything in the comfort department. I have never slept better on a camping trip. My only complaint is that the pad is a little bit noisy, it kind of has this crinkly sound. Its something that you get used to, but I can see how some people might find it annoying

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I initially bought the Atom LT jacket, but after a couple years of good use i decided to ante up and buy the hooded version. This is my favorite insulation layer. It is so lightweight and for its weight really packs a punch as far as the warmth that it provides. This is also the most comfortable jacket that I have ever tried on, it is so light that you barely feel like you are wearing anything, and its anatomical fit moves with your body perfectly. The fleece panels on the sides and under the arm pits allow for stretchy mobility, as well as allow you to bleed off excess heat if you are exercising. This pairs well with a gore tex ski shell for most average temperature ski days (right around 32 degrees) and the placement of the fleece panels line up perfectly with your pit zips to allow you to bleed heat when necessary. Overall this is a phenomenal jacket that I would recommend to anyone.

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Pat Guinnwrote a review of on July 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used a number of bladders, including the classic Camelbak bladder, and after using this one I won't ever go back. I have been using Osprey Packs for years and love how they are pretty much all equipped to carry one of these bladders. The easy fill handle is great, it helps orient the bladder so that you can efficiently fill it, unlike the Camelbak, which flops all over the place. This bladder also has a built in plastic back panel which gives the bladder some structure and also serves as reinforcement for the back panel in your pack, together they form a seamless union, you wont feel a difference in how your pack fits regardless of if it has the bladder in it or not. The hose tube is a wider diameter than the Camelbak, so it lets you drink water faster if you so desire. The bite valve is great as well, and i love the locking mechanism, if you have the valve bent at an "L" it will let water flow out, but if you have it straitened out it will lock off the valve. One last thing that puts this system over the top is the magnetic attachment that holds the hose in place when you aren't using it. Just attach the magnet to your chest strap and the bite valve will automatically attract. Osprey thought of everything when they created this system and truly produced a superior product to all the other alternatives on the market.

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