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Meet our fourth outdoor adventurer, Tyler Bounds. Check out how he landed a spot on our gear testing team, and tell us what you want to see him test out!

Meet Tyler Bounds!
"My name is Tyler Bounds, and I am an avid backpacker, hiker, biker, paddler, climber, snowboarder, and all-around adventure seeker. I grew up in the foothills of Washington's Cascade Mountains, and have spent most of my life here, excluding a 9-year stint in Alaska. I joined the Tester Team in a slightly unorthodox way- I made a Facebook page, singing the praises and extolling the virtues of my favorite Gear Editor in the world, Kristin Hostetter, and detailed how awesome I thought it would be to go hiking with her. Eventually someone at Backpacker sniffed it out, and they concocted a 3-stage contest for me. First, I get to test some gear. Second, I get some free swag. And Stage Three? I will get to go hiking with Kristin Hostetter! And now here I am, livin' the dream!"


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Hi Tyler
Congrats.Hope you enjoy your hike with Kristin.My son and I are getting geared up to do some backpacking trips.We've both been thinking about getting hammocks instead of tents,so I've got a testing suggestion for you.Ive been looking at the Clark north american,and one made by warbonnet ( not the traveler).I just started getting backpacker magazine a few months ago,haven't seen any reviews on hammocks.You can send any suggestions or opinions to me directly at .
Thanks Tim

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Living the dream!

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Awesome Bro... You deserve this... Let the TESTING begin...

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