November 18, 2012
I have lead and participated in many weekend and extended trips including local weekend trips in Shenandoah, but also the Adirondacks (one of my favorite places). I have also done several 7-10 day trips in the Wind River range, a week in the Olympics and 7 days in Glacier and several weekend trips in Northern Minnesota. The mileage for these trips were about 7 - 15 miles per day but my longest day was 23 (hard) miles. While living in Minnesota I did several winter trip in the boundary waters and camped during -14 degree temps.
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I have a Big Agness Copper Spur (for 2 people and dogs), a Marmot 15 degree bag and liner,a Thermarest women's Prolite pad and an REI 65 L backpack. I intended to get a1 person or bivy by Christmas for my solo trips.
I really want to do more backpacking in interesting places. I also want to meet more people who have the same or better skills than I do so that I can learn and grow as a backpacker. I'd like to do more trips out west and it has been increasingly difficult to find folks who match my ability level (although I do need to increase my own skills). I'd like to get just outside my comfort zone so that I can get better myself. I admit to being a gear-lover, but I'd also like to learn how to lighten my load so that I can hike a few more miles a day than I currently do. I also want to get out more and get into some new areas with folks who love the outdoors as much as I do.
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Hi! Like everyone in this group I love the outdoors and love to hike and backpack. I am married with two dogs who have shared many an outdoor adventure with me!