December 10, 2012
In 2012, I hiked/backpacked 1,200 miles and spent 43 nights outside. Raising the bar this year, I hope. :)
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 28 miles (with a full, expedition-weight pack), and the coldest night out was 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 three years, and I'm enjoying serving as organizer.
I found the group by scoping out meet up when I moved to DC.
Torn Achilles! Looks like no hiking this summer and I was summer excited to get out with the group....I keep getting updates and I am jealous!!
Thanks Michael. I'm looking forward to hiking with you all.
Thank you Michael.
Thanks for the greeting, Michael. I'm pretty excited to meet you guys.
Thanks for the welcome! Looks like an awesome group, looking forward to this weekend!
It was nice meeting you at gear swap too! Thanks for all the information. Filled out my profile a little more respectably :) I RSVPed for a May 3 trip, but decided it might be wiser for me to start with a newcomers trip, so please ignore that RSVP. I can't make the newcomers trip in May, but will sign up for the next one!
Hi. I saw the link to your 3 season base pack list. Thank you for sharing.
great. glad to be of service!
Thanks! I'm actually really happy that I found this group. Seems like a great way to get out on the trail more often and meet some cool new people.