San Ramon, CAUSA
Hometown: San Ramon
July 16, 2012
Most of my trips are 3 days 2 nights. In the past 12 months: Winter backpacking at Lassen NP (to the Cinder Cone), Lake Alpine into the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, Bunny Flat on Mt.Shasta, Snow Mountain(Mendocino NF) Summer backpacking: two trips to Snow Mountain(Mendocino NF), Woodchuck Country(Sierra NF, 5 days), Sonora Pass(Latopie Lake) I have also backpacked to the Minarets near Mammoth, Dewey Point in Yosemite, Lost Coast, Caribou Lake in the Trinity Alps, Domelands in SierraNF, Death Valley(Panamit), Ohlone Wilderness-Rose Peak, Henry Coe.
Usually about 30 pounds of backpacking gear plus photography gear. In summer, I like to sleep in a bivy, under the stars, or under my poncho. For winter backpacking, I use a tent. I have a stove, and a couple of pots.
Let's turn this question around for old-fashioned backpackers like me. I am male, happily married to a non-backpacking woman, and would not feel comfortable backpacking with two women. On the other hand, my idea of a "small group" is 5 or fewer. So I am flexible with bending the definition of "very small group" if that helps get a trip together. It is the people who I consider first, thent he number of them.
3 to 4 weeks notice is usually needed, but frequently, I can go with 1 to 2 weeks notice. I also volunteer to lead hikes for Save Mount Diablo (www.savemountdiablo.org), which ties up a weekend 8 weeks in advance.
I got into backpacking as a way to get to access remote places for landscape photography, but now I also simply enjoy being in the wilderness. Winter backpacking with snowshoes is really my favorite. The quiet is incredible!