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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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 Indiegogo, and will

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
Finding My Rhythm, Discovering a New Normal

Finding My Rhythm, Discovering a New Normal

Greetings, folks! I'm writing today on Aug. 7, my 108th day on this epic journey. I've gotten as into the groove of things as possible, which on

Aug 7, 2018 : Carl Stanfield
Sickness, Catching Up with Big Miles, and Tramily

Sickness, Catching Up with Big Miles, and Tramily

Hi, everyone. After a long hiatus from my blog, I'm finally back at it at the halfway marker of the trail. A month is a long time to try to write

Jul 1, 2018 : Carl Stanfield
Five Weeks in and the Adventure Has Been Incredible

Five Weeks in and the Adventure Has Been Incredible

It's hard to believe, but today marks five weeks since I set out on this adventure. In that time, I've met all sorts of fascinating people, seen

May 27, 2018 : Carl Stanfield
The Lure of the Trail, and the Pleasures of Town

The Lure of the Trail, and the Pleasures of Town

Hello from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Life is getting normal on the trail and my trail family seems to have solidified. Odysseus, Big

May 11, 2018 : Carl Stanfield