Hometown: Westminster, MD
January 2, 2013
The Year of Outside!! I LOVE endurance hiking, endurance running, camping, skiing & enjoying the beauty of nature by total immersion into it.
My major intent this year is to spend as much time as possible OUTSIDE. As of now, my experience with regards to backpacking includes two outings with DC UL, the ONLY group I feel I belong with. Everyone in the group is so knowledgeable, and I get excited to go, just to find out what the adventure will be the next time! I've learned to never predict the mountains. 17 degrees all night in a shelter on the AT in Catawba, possibly lower temps on the ridge on North Mountain in a 20 degree Western Mountaineering Bag and Tarptent (borrowed :)). I really have no idea anymore as to the longest mileage in one day, most likely around 16 miles.
I was just out this weekend for my second trip with DC UL. After having purchased a ULA CDT pack, I feel I'm on my way regarding gear. Until I get more, I soak it up, watching, listening and learning from veterans. I've never had better people to learn anything from, as they (& now me as well) are so diverse with regards to experience and gear. This weekend was a true winter backpacking trip, and it taught me so much (hand warmers and water resistant gloves, among a few other necessities). It was a GREAT adventure!
Tarps come in handy, in my experience. I'm MOST comfortable in a down sleeping bag with sleeping pad under & liner inside. I possess a ULA CDT pack, prefer the Tarptent to sleep in so far, thanks to members of the group allowing me to borrow & try out their equipment.
I'm a massage practitioner & know the human body well. Carrying heavy packs slows you down & puts wear & tear on your shoulders, neck, back & lower joints. It's not as healthy as ultralight. I love the idea of simple bare necessities rather than bringing your house with you. Be prepared, but keep it simple, light. Sounds like a lot of fun to me. Not to mention better on the body & also quite challenging. The lighter the load, the faster you go. Simple, small, light cookwear, utensils, etc. Plus, I need people to go with! :)
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AWESOME!!! Love it, can't wait to go out again. I'm an addict! So much to learn, and so many experienced people to learn from.