Brian has been an avid hiker and backpacker since he was a small kid, often being taken out into the wilderness on trips with his father. His dad knew everything about nature and the wilderness (or at least that's how it seemed to a ten year old Brian).
After high school, he went to university to read for both a BS and MS in Geology (primarily so he could spend his time outside rather than in a classroom). He's now hiked, camped, skied, backpacked or mapped on five continents (still need to bag Antartica) & 30 of the US states.
The Osprey Stratos 36 is a lightweight, midsize backpack useful for day hikes or 1-2 day overnight camping trips. Check out our full review for the low down on what this bag does well, and where it doesn’t.