MikeVW http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/member/3/7/9/8/member_105974232.jpeg

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DC UL Backpacking http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/3/1/d/a/global_347892762.jpeg 20090806
Washington, DC 20002
Veteran Plus Member (2) (Eeyore)

Location:

Washington, DCUSA 20301

Member since:

April 2, 2010

Introduction

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

Backpacking since 2005, lightweight backpacker since 2010. I've just crossed the 1000 trail mile threshold since joining this group, and am hoping to continue tackling long trails now that I've successfully completed the Kungsleden! My coldest night was six degrees in the Massanuttens, but the worst night was being on Three Ridges in 20 degree weather with my 40 degree bag.

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'm currently using a Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo tent, and have a GoLite 40 degree quilt and a WM 15 degree bag for sleeping. The ULA Catalyst is my primary pack these days, although the GoLite Jam pack was what got me started down the UL path!

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

I joined because I wanted to find other backpackers in the area to hike with. But it wasn't until doing a few trips with this group that I realized how much more I enjoyed lightweight and long-distance hiking than the style of backpacking I did in college!

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

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What MikeVW is saying about this Meetup Group

This group will challenge your conception of what backpacking is, and push you in ways you're not always prepared for. Great for people looking to go beyond the casual weekend outing!

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  • Joan Colton Fink

    DC UL Backpacking

    Hey Mike! Since I'm "transitioning"­ from water to dry land, Will's going to help me figure out what gear I have (or that he's gotten for me!). He's the backpacker; I'm attempting to be :-) I'll email you tonight for Caledonia.

    Jan 07, 2014 10:27 AM
  • Joe Dillier

    Hey Mike thanks for the greeting! I'm not quite a native Michigander, but I've lived in Detroit for the past year... Job is transferring me to DC.

    Sep 12, 2013 6:56 AM
  • Andy B

    * Capital Hiking Club *

    Hi Mike,

    Welcome to the Capital Hiking Club! Hope to see you on a club hike soon. --Andy

    Dec 07, 2012 7:48 AM
  • Michael Martin

    DC UL Backpacking

    Hi Mike, good luck on that marathon this weekend!!!

    Oct 26, 2012 7:20 AM
  • Jayne Hiking Addict

    DC Metropolitan Hikers

    Can I keep up with you is the question, Mike??

    Dec 12, 2010 6:31 PM
  • Jayne Hiking Addict

    another rock to get a pic on I see. The BBQ place wasn't....guess­ he left when he heard you weren't coming

    Apr 10, 2010 9:27 PM
  • Jayne Hiking Addict

    You really ottaa consider doing Strickler again. I bet it's a breeze 2nd time around!!

    Mar 28, 2010 7:46 PM
  • Jayne Hiking Addict

    DC Metropolitan Hikers

    Great meeting you on the 1/2 moon hike today and thanks for the great pictures.

    Oct 18, 2009 6:22 PM
  • Dean

    Glad you came on a hike with us today Mike...you're definitely HCH-Certified! :) Make time during your busy fall to come again!

    Aug 30, 2009 6:58 PM

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