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Bob Pettit

Bob Pettit

Provo, UT; San Diego, CA; San Luis Obispo, CA; Tahoe, CA; Clarksville, TN, and vast swaths of white fields in PA.

Bob Pettit's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Bob Pettit's Bio

Who knows about tomorrow? I just hope I remember how awesome it is outside before my wife's and my basement apartment sucks me in and traps me after work wears me down. I don't always break the cycle, but I believe that Backcountry.com can help. I'm a total gear whore, even though I often wish I was the same little kid that would hike in his tennis shoes and a canvas rucksack from 1982 because hey, who cares?
I worked at Adventure 16 in So-Cal in 2006 and 2008 and loved it- it's always a great crew in those shops. The gap in the middle was filled with a short (30 mile) trip on the A.T. in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Eastern TN/Western NC., and a two year stint in central and eastern, Pennsylvania, where I preached the gospel and sneaked into the woods in the Poconos, or into the northern Alleghenies when I could (Anyone who lives around Stroudsburg, PA should check out the trail that goes past a point called "Devil's Hole" near Tobyhanna; I don't know how far it goes, but it was a fun trail that we'd take as far as we could and have fun exploring when we had time).
I'm married to a beautiful woman named Janae, and she makes me happy and likes to play in the snow, and the dirt, and the trees... plus she likes to cook and is good at it! What more could a guy ask for?
If you stumble across this and happen to know some fun outdoor stuff near Provo, let me know. I've been here for a year and haven't had time to expand my knowledge of the area very much. I love to hike, bike, climb, and backpack. I'm interested in learning more about canyoneering, adventure travel, fastpacking, geocaching, backcountry riding, mountaineering, trad climbing, paddling/kayaking (Oh, how I would love to experience white-water kayaking and rafting, anyone want to take me? Uh, maybe on a class 1 or 2, because moving water + rocks = scary), fly fishing, I would also love to learn more about my established interests, because I sure as heck don't know much about 'em, I just like 'em!
I dream to be a product tester for Nemo Tents, Arc'teryx anything, Patagonia, Suunto and Tissot watches, Garmin GPS, Western Mountaineering, MSR, Black Diamond, Lowa, Icebreaker (Oh, especially Icebreaker), Eagle Creek, Chaco... let's just face it, I want awesome stuff for free because I'm broke and I don't have any.
Anyhow, this is a big part of who I am. Now promise you won't tell anyone that I wasted 6 hours of last Saturday playing Knights of the Old Republic on X-Box.

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Bob Pettit

Bob Pettitwrote a review of on July 22, 2010

Can you find it in the photo? It's the subtle one.
5 5

I got to demo one of these for a week-long backpacking trip (truth be told, it was 2 days in, camp for a while and fish to our hearts' content, two days out) in the High Uintas on the UT, WY border in August 2008. Needless to say, I've wanted one ever since. The extra weight is, in my opinion, negligible when it's split between the two occupants during the hike. Its like the sexier, more voluptuous version of MSR's comparatively anorexic (and appropriately lighter) Hubba-hubba. Think Angelina Jolie vs. Dakota Fanning. No insult to either, Fanning makes a super wicked vampiric sadist, but who else could pull of the fairer of the two Smiths? Yeah, the Losi kicks A. I enjoyed the optional gear caddy, it kept everything that usually winds up at the lowest corner of the tent within easy reach without lowering the ceiling (a gear loft is another optional accessory). As another reviewer noted, you should practice setting it up before your trip in order to familiarize yourself with it's ingenious design. The distinctive secondary side poles create a near-vertical wall for lots of head room, while the snap-in anchor system for the pole ends prevents runaways when you're left setting it up by yourself because your sleeping buddy claims to have heat stroke. The two doorways are a little high because of the bathtub floor, but roll well out of the way and allow easy access to the cavernous (for a two person tent) twin vestibules when the fly is on. Lots of floorspace for the extra stuff you want to bring in with you, and in case you don't enjoy snuggling with a 200 lb. dude who hasn't showered in 3 days and has stubble that could strip paint. The fly is what makes it stand out, otherwise its subtle black, no-see-um mesh and gray floor don't clash with the colors of nature too bad. Footprint is a must, not because the floor is thin (a.k.a. light) but because they're always a good idea, and they're a lot lighter and longer-lasting than that $3.98 Wal-Mart tarp that you trimmed to size with a box cutter. In all seriousness, I loved setting it up every time. It's unique, flashy (with the fly on), and innovative. I'm perfectly happy promising that if you're looking for a tent in the 5 lb. range, you'll love it. Why spend more? Because this is one of those companies that we ought to support; go check out their website.Overall, it's an exciting tent at a decent weight from an ethical, forward thinking company.