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Shelby P.

Assistant Organizer

Veteran Plus Member (3) (Shamrock)


Salt Lake City, UT

Member since:

October 29, 2012

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

I have backpacked from one to three nights. Honestly, I am not sure what the longest day of hiking was with a pack, but I have traversed the Grand Canyon over four days (unfortunately in Dec, so it was too icy to do rim to rim to rim). I will admit my pack was much too heavy for me at 47 lbs. I would certainly do it differently next time. I have spent several long weekends in Dolly Sods, WV and have woken up with snow on the ground... So I would say my coldest night was the upper 20s F.

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

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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!)

I have a Kelty 3 season tent, Gregory Deva backpack, and a Slumberjack 30 degree bag. I need to upgrade my bag... For the Grand Canyon hike I had a synthetic 0 degree bag. Unfortunately, it did not pack small enough. I was thankful for REI's generous return policy, and hope to purchase a down bag soon (I just need a reason to do so!!).

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

Honestly, I love to backpack. I think there is no greater feeling that being out in the woods with a fire and all of your gear. I would like to learn how to survive ultra light backpacking, as I feel like that is the "pro" thing to do. I am very athletic (marathons, Ironman, Obstacle races, etc), but I enjoy the challenge of backpacking. Unfortunately, I no longer have anyone to go backpacking with, and I am not sure where to start. I want to get better and have more experience backpacking, so I feel like going with a more serious group would be ideal for me. I embrace a challenge and do not complain! :)

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

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Hi everyone, I am so excited to be part of this group!!! I absolutely love the outdoors. I have been backpacking many times, but most recently all of my fellow backpacking cohorts have left DC and now I have no one to go with (ahh!)

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