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Littleton, CO
Hometown: Silver Spring

Member since:

April 25, 2013

Describe your backpacking experience and background, please include longest mileage in a day (with pack) and coldest nights out.

Multiple backpacking trips in greater DC area, New Zealand, and Chile. I'm an avid outdoor adventurer who hikes, backpacks, climbs (rock, ice and alpine), and skis.

Describe your most recent outdoor adventure. When was it? How did you set it up? Did the weather cooperate? How did it go?

Overcoming food poisoning to climb a 17,000ft glaciated peak in Ecuador. Backed off Cotopaxi due to cold toe (couldn't move it). Lots of preplanning for gear, backup plans, group coordination, identifying expectations of group and my own. Also served as a leader for my mountaineering clubs annual Alpine Skills training on Mt. Washington in January. Prepped folks for training hikes, clothes, fitness, and nutrition tips and performed gear checks.

The Big Three: what specific gear (not just brands) do you use for your three-season shelter system, sleep system, and backpack? (It's okay if it isn't ultralight!)

2 person UL tent (Big Agnes), 0 and 20 degree sleeping bag (primaloft since I'm allergic to down), Styrofoam or blow-up pad. Have a bivy but have never used it.

Help us understand your reason for joining DC UL Backpacking, including your goals for lightening your load and quickening your backpacking pace.

Love to push my limits. Highly recommended by friends in the group. Goals are to reduce all the unnecessary extras. Identify good food tips for my food allergies to keep weight down.

How did you learn about our group? (I'm trying to improve our visibility, so I'm curious.)

Friends with Ryan Shauers, Carrie Graff, and Jen Adach.



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