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Arlington, VA

Member since:

July 30, 2013

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

Asides from backpacking with the boy scouts, I have since done backcountry overnight trips in Shenandoah, Glacier, Denali, and Grand Canyon. Longest day (that I can remember) was 12 miles with a full pack. Coldest night was in the twenties. That I specifically do remember. I was camping without a tent in Glacier only to wake up with an inch of snow on the bag. It was July.

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

I’ve lately been more into the day hiking and hit the woods almost every weekend. Last backpacking trip was rim-to-rim on the Grand Canyon in 2010. After getting the permit, I planned the route/food/equipment. Weather? I recommend not hiking the Grand Canyon in July. While it didn’t rain, the temperatures reached 100 degrees in the canyon. Still, the biggest issue was the weight of the gear, which is probably one reason I haven’t backpacked in awhile.

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!)

Backpack: Lowe’s Alpine Contour IV Sleeping bag: Northface with Polarguard Tent: Sierra Designs Meteor light CD

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

I’m looking for more challenging hikes and backpacking seems to be the way to achieve this. I would definately like to lighten the gear.

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

Looking for outdoors groups on Meetup.


Having been hiking all of my life, I have backpacked only on occasion. I'm hoping to get more into backpacking and do longer hikes.

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