Carl Stanfield

I'm Carl "Professor" Stanfield, and I love backpacking. I studied Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education at Brevard College in North Carolina, then spent about 3 years living and working at a camp in Leavenworth, Washington. After my time there ended, I decided to attempt a thru hike, and in April 2018, I set out on my adventure on the Appalachian Trail, finishing at the end of August 2018. I fell in love with the wondrous life of thru hiking and decided to make it a priority. I had another successful adventure on the PCT in 2019 and currently have my sights set on completing the Triple Crown in 2021.

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Oboz Arete Mid Hiking Boots Review

Oboz Arete Mid Hiking Boots Review

Oboz hits a sweet mix of lightweight comfort and trustworthy stability with their Arete Mid hiking boots. The Arete Mids offer a unique option for

Sep 11, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
My PCT Thru-Hike: By the Numbers

My PCT Thru-Hike: By the Numbers

If there's ever been a thru-hike number or statistic you've been curious about, you've come to the right place. Every number and calculation from

Aug 13, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: Oboz Arete Low Hiking Shoes

Gear Review: Oboz Arete Low Hiking Shoes

Ever wondered what would happen if a rugged boot had a baby with a lightweight trail runner? If so, put your weird dreams to bed and take a look at

May 18, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: Mountainsmith Andesite Trekking Poles

Gear Review: Mountainsmith Andesite Trekking Poles

Making gear lighter is the name of the game right now, and Mountainsmith joins the club in the trekking pole department with the new Andesite

May 13, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Swift X Hiking Backpack

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Swift X Hiking Backpack

Six Moon Designs just dropped the Swift X Hiking Backpack. This is the 10-year anniversary edition of their original pack, and the modern updates

May 11, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: Rab Men’s Kaon Jacket

Gear Review: Rab Men’s Kaon Jacket

Rab has made a serious contender for the ideal backpacking jacket with the Kaon Jacket. This innovative jacket is made with efficiency in mind and

Feb 28, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: Gossamer Gear G4-20 Ultralight 42 Backpack

Gear Review: Gossamer Gear G4-20 Ultralight 42 Backpack

The Gossamer Gear G4-20 is a new take on one of the classic GG packs with some really cool and unique new features. Most notable are the asymmetrical

Jan 13, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Convert Quilt

Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Convert Quilt

Over the past few years, quilts have risen significantly in popularity for long-distance backpackers. If you aren’t familiar with them, the basic

Jan 7, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: TOAKS 900ml D130mm Pot

Gear Review: TOAKS 900ml D130mm Pot

One of the most enjoyable parts of a long day on the trail can be a hearty hot meal in camp. The TOAKS 900ml D130mm Pot is a nicely sized vessel that

Dec 9, 2019 : Carl Stanfield
Prof on the PCT: Desert Part 2 and Prepping for the Sierra

Prof on the PCT: Desert Part 2 and Prepping for the Sierra

I'm writing on day 52 (mile 745) from a motel in Lone Pine after a short night of hot sleep. We weren't planning on staying in town, but we got a

Jun 24, 2019 : Carl Stanfield