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 am now dreaming of a Calendar Year Triple Crown (and then some) in 2022. I currently manage a local outdoors store in Birmingham, Alabama.

Posts

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
Enlightened Equipment Convert Quilt Review

Enlightened Equipment Convert Quilt Review

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