Nick

Applicant

Location:

Takoma Park, MD
Hometown: Takoma Park

Member since:

May 28, 2013

Introduction

My name is Nick. I am moving to DC this coming July. I just finished my MSE in Environmental Engineering and took a job in Columbia, MD.

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

Maybe 25 trips in 10 years in Michigan, Colorado, North Carolina, Ontario, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Most trips are 1-4 nights, and when hiking alone I hike about 15-20 miles in a day. The coldest temp was 10F in a Upper Michigan January.

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

This wasn't an overnight, but my wife and I did a 15 mile loop in WV. It rained a little bit all day and fairly hard some of the day. I simply used the Mid-Atlantic Hikers site to find info on the trip.

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!)

Go-lite shangrila 3, montbell 30F spiral downhugger (plus silk liner and sleeping in base layer when its cold), and a Golite Jam 50.

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

Well, I don't really have goals to do those things. I just like to backpack, and I think relative to the norm I like to hike far and light (maybe not UL), so I would like to meet some other "serious" packers.

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

A random search on meet up, and the other hiking groups seem more interested in 5 mile day trip kind of things, which is cool, but I would also like to find a solid backpackers group.

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