Takoma Park, MDUSA
Hometown: Takoma Park
April 19, 2012
I've been backpacking quite regularly now for a few years. I started with crazy heavy packs, and have progressed to hit technical ultralight for fair-weather three season base weight. I have an interest in long-range backpacks with long, strenuous days, and in more technically oriented expeditions on big mountains on which light weights will help me succeed. I've walked over 30 miles in a day on a backpacking trip, and done 4 consecutive days over 20 miles. I've spent nights out in the single digits, and a week out below freezing. But why stop there?
My most recent trip was the the Massanutten Trail loop as a 2.5 day trip. We crammed it in to a short Friday night walk, then back to back 30+ mile days. It was madness, but good to know I can do it in fair weather.
I use an OR nighthaven 2p shelter (it's a formed, 2 trekking pole silnylon shelter), or below tree line and in mid-Atlantic condtitions a 7.5 oz sil-nylon tarp and 6.7 oz bivy by Borah Gear. I sleep on a Therm-A-Rest Ridge Rest foam pad (or 2/3 length Z-Lite Sol) and in a 1 lb Western Mountaineering Highlite 35 F down bag. My backpack is a 70L GoLite Jam, or for lighter loads a 30 L CiloGear WorkSack.
I'd like to be able to get deeper into the wilderness, and to go faster and farther more comfortably. I'm mostly interested in bettering my skills with views of mountaineering and climbing trips, but some beautiful mountain ranges won't backpack themselves!
Meetup search long ago...
My pack is light so my feet are free to fly!