Hometown: Bethesda, MD
November 1, 2009
Long an avid hiker and camper. Began backpacking in 2008. Looking forward to sharing my enjoyment with others.
Longest trail during which I backpacked, about 26 miles (2 days). Straight-up hiking longest distance was 62 miles (21 hours). Coldest night backpacking was 3 degrees -- thankfully ABOVE zero, but at that temp, who's counting!?
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I have a pretty basic tent -- not rated for winter, I think. Keeps the snow off and blocks the wind. My sleeping back is pretty much standard-issue mummy. 20 degrees I think and pretty lightweights. I was reasonably warm with my clothes on at 3 degrees but I won't seek out that temp with this gear. My current backpack is a 65L Gregory. Nope, it's not UL. Maybe someday.
Looking for tips on lightening loads, but not expecting to be obsessive about it -- but don't mind if others are. Pace at 2.5 is ok, but racing through the woods is not my goal. I take care of that with trail running. Backpacking is for fellowship, enjoying being in the woods, but will always be sensitive to the group. If speed is the objective, I will adapt, or foreit. Will never be a drag on others.
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Good people, serious backpackers, good knowledge, good stories. If you are a relative newbie, don't be intimidated, but discuss abilities with leaders, and choose events accordingly as you gain experience.
Thanks for the offer....I might have considered the post paddle but I am car pooling with someone from greenbelt. Thanks for getting in touch and see you on the hike!
I hope to see you on one of our hikes soon. Take care.
David - All we are doing is a morning hike that we are carpooling to. The lunch is at Noon, and we have reservations for that. Please RSVP for these two events or the hike only if you can't make lunch.
You need to RSVP either in the affirmative or the negative for the post-hike lunch by using the Internet that was invented for our use by Al Gore. Also, read the three referenced documents for the hikers.
Howdy David. This seems to be a great place to meet like minded persons! Welcome to the Nation's Capitol!
David, Just wanted to let you know that waiting lists sometimes do pay off because there is now space open for you on the following hike you are wait listed for with The MD.DC.VA Hiking Group, "Moderate Hike of 5 Miles with 7 Mile Option! High Knob on the Catoctin Mountain Loop in Gambrill State Park with Optional Post Hike Meal " on Sunday, 12/12. Just update your RSVP to a "Yes" and we will see you there for good times!