April 19, 2012
I like to hike and backpack and am getting more into mountaineering. As there are no mountains in the area, this is a good way to stay in shape and get outdoors!
I just did the Presidential traverse in February (with a 25lb pack, crampons and the whole deal). I have spent nights out well below freezing (probably in the -15C range) comfortably. I tend not to carry light loads either, though I'm learning to pack better and lighter all the time. I backpack with the Washington Backpackers group as well, so doing 30mi in a couple of days with a heavy pack is not new to me.
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I have an REI halfdome tent and a 32F synthetic bag as well as a 5F down bag on extended loan. I tend to sleep on a foam pad as it's quite light and I sleep warm anyway. I have sufficient weather gear to stand in a waterfall and stay dry and to summit Mt. Rainier in the winter (perhaps with the exception that I lack down pants). I put all of this in an 85L pack usually, but it's showing its age and I may replace/supplement it with a smaller pack more suited to the UL ideals.
I generally like to keep a faster pace and would like to wait less for people. Finding people who are as fast as me or faster would help push me to get in better shape still! On mountaineering expeditions, I will need to pack as light as possible while retaining all the necessary gear. To this end, learning to do it at low elevation and non-extreme conditions is a good start.
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Please meet at the Dunkin Donuts. I will wait for you inside. Dunkin is in the corner. of Georgia ave. and Rediee Dr. I am not sure which side you mean, Safeway (has a bus stop) or metro station (can not park a car in any min).
Timing, 9:30, is perfect to me.
I think you got the best picture on meetup...never seen someone ride a "ice-burg" before..you will get along well with the members of our group for sure!