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Patrick K.


San Ramon, CA
Hometown: San Ramon

Member since:

July 16, 2012

Please describe your overnight backpacking experience.

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.

What items in your backpacking "kit" do you own?

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.

If you are female, are you comfortable backpacking (seperate tents) with men?

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.

Many group trips start as early as Thursday or Friday morning. Would you be able to join one of those trips from time to time? If not, feel free to organize trips to suit your schedule.

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 (, 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!

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