Jim “Hikin’ Jim” Barbour
Jim is a self confessed gear geek and might possibly own more backpacking stoves than just about anybody (well over 100 at last count). Jim’s interest in backpacking stoves led to him starting a blog, Adventures In Stoving, which serves as something of a compendium on stoves and the techniques to use them well.
Jim grew up hiking and backpacking with his dad starting in the 1960′s and did his first week long backpack in the Sierra Nevada in 1976.
Over time, Jim has found that his old heavy gear just wasn’t cutting it any more and that he was having trouble keeping up with the “young bucks,” so he began his still continuing journey to the light side, a journey which, naturally, includes Gossamer Gear — but he’s not giving up his Svea 123 stove just yet, at least not completely.
Jim loves exploring new places and off trail travel. You can catch him most any weekend out on the trail, often with his daughter whom he hopes will catch his love of the outdoors just as he did from his dad.
Home: Glendale, CA
Outdoor Organization Involvement: Assistant Leader at MeetUp.com | “O” Leader at Sierra Club
Favorite Training Grounds: The San Gabriel Mountains are my local mountain home. I’ve wandered many of the trails and camps there since I was a boy. There are at least a dozen trailheads I can get to within a half hour’s drive from my home. They’re a great spot for a quick overnighter or day hike and though local they are not lacking in challenge: Their summits range up to 10,000 feet in elevation.
1. Hike the last remaining trail in the San Gorgonio Wilderness that he haven’t hiked.
2. Complete a Sierra Nevada backpacking trip this summer.
3. He has completed all the 10,000+ foot peaks in Southern California. So he’d like to now start all the 9,000+ foot peaks, and then all the 8000′ peaks.
4. Complete perhaps the largest gain single day hike in the US: “Cactus to Clouds” which starts at 500 feet elevation in the desert and ascends to 10,800 feet elevation at the summit of San Jacinto Peak in about 15 horizontal miles.