December 10, 2012
I've been backpacking since the boy scouts, anything from overnight trips to extended treks. My longest trip is 403 miles across Iceland. My single day record, for now, is 45 miles (4-state challenge with a stripped down UL load) or 28 miles (with a full, expedition-weight pack), and the coldest night out was -5*... thought it's been colder in the single digits with gusts of wind up to 40 mph!
I go out rather a lot, so I'll just stick with Iceland from August-September 2012, crossing from north to south. The weather most definitely did not cooperate, but we stuck with it and reached Thorsmark, 403 miles later, after walking an average of 21 miles a day. Definitely the backpacking trip of my lifetime ... so far! ;)
My most common three season system involves a MLD Exodus pack, a WM 35* or 10* degree down bag, and a MLD cuben Trailstar tarp. Base weight for 3-season purposes is from 7.5 to 9 lbs, depending on a few variables.
I've been with the group now for five years, and I'm enjoying serving as organizer for my second year.
I found the group by scoping out meet up when I moved to DC.
2014=I backpacked 1,300 miles and spent 57 nights outside. About 4,000 miles over the past three years.
I love DC UL!