Carl Stanfield

Greetings! 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 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 have decided to pursue it full time. I plan on taking on the PCT with some friends I made on the AT in 2019! Until then, I'll be working at my local outdoor store to save up for the next adventure.

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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
Prof on the PCT: The Cold Wet Desert

Prof on the PCT: The Cold Wet Desert

Hey everybody! It is the morning of day 25 out here on the trail, and I've finally found a little time to write something. I'll run through a quick

May 28, 2019 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: NEMO Tensor Insulated Sleeping Pad

Gear Review: NEMO Tensor Insulated Sleeping Pad

NEMO rolled out a new line of sleeping pad options this spring, and the Tensor model tops the list as the most lightweight. The NEMO Tensor comes

May 27, 2019 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: Mountainsmith Zerk 40L Fastpack

Gear Review: Mountainsmith Zerk 40L Fastpack

The Zerk 40L Fastpack is a brand new pack from Mountainsmith designed in conjunction with backpacking athlete Tom Gathman, aka the Real Hiking

Apr 30, 2019 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: Xoskin Long Sleeve Base Layer and Socks

Gear Review: Xoskin Long Sleeve Base Layer and Socks

Intro Xoskin is a fairly new company on the market, providing base layers that feature something called RAPIDriCOPPER Technology. Basically, these

Apr 18, 2019 : Carl Stanfield
The Nitty-Gritty of Gear Evolution on a Thru-Hike

The Nitty-Gritty of Gear Evolution on a Thru-Hike

About this time last year, I had just committed to my AT thru-hike, which meant that I was in the early research stages. Having never backpacked with

Jan 24, 2019 : Carl Stanfield
The Hard and Fast Numbers of the Appalachian Trail

The Hard and Fast Numbers of the Appalachian Trail

Well, I did it. I started April 22 and finished Aug. 31. In 132 days (four months and nine days), I took every step between Springer Mountain in

Nov 18, 2018 : Carl Stanfield