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.

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Quarantine Dreams: 11,000 Miles in 2022

Quarantine Dreams: 11,000 Miles in 2022

“If your dreams don’t scare you, you aren’t dreaming big enough.” I first came across this quote in an interview I read somewhere with one of the

Mar 25, 2021 : Carl Stanfield
SPOT X Two-Way Satellite Messenger Review

SPOT X Two-Way Satellite Messenger Review

It's not your grandpa's Blackberry: The SPOT X Two-Way Satellite Messenger is a contender for one of the best personal GPS/communication devices on

Feb 11, 2021 : Carl Stanfield
Gossamer Gear The DCF One Ultralight Tent Review

Gossamer Gear The DCF One Ultralight Tent Review

Gossamer Gear has just released a significant new player in the tent game with their DCF One. Weighing in under a pound, this trekking pole

Nov 25, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus vs. Wild Oasis UL Tarp Review

Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus vs. Wild Oasis UL Tarp Review

Six Moon Designs (SMD) presents interesting ultralight (UL) shelter designs with their Deschutes Plus and Wild Oasis Tarps. SMD is best recognized

Nov 23, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Arc’teryx Skyline Short-Sleeve Shirt Review

Arc’teryx Skyline Short-Sleeve Shirt Review

The Arc’teryx Skyline Short-Sleeve is a top-of-the-line button down performance shirt for hikers. The standout features are its wrinkle-resistant

Oct 20, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
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