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Maxatawny, PA
Hometown: Maxatawny

Member since:

February 25, 2013


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

I've been dayhiking and camping my whole life. Got into backpacking about 5 years ago. I spend 2-5 days at a time on the trail, usually in Pennsylvania on the AT or in the Endless Mountains. I've know for a fact I've done a few 17-mile days, and I think I may have done a 20-miler in there somewhere. I started going light when I broke my foot and started to get arthritis. I organize Berks-Lehigh Hiking and Backpacking.

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

Ummm... Last time I was out was an 18 mile 1-night shuttle on the AT in December. This was a meetup that I organized, with 6 people (including me). I used the Thru-hiker's Companion and to choose the section I wanted (PA325 to Duncannon, PA). From there I contacted the local police to determine the best parking area for our shuttle cars. We set up our shuttle and hiked to Peters Mountain shelter where we camped. It was a misty rain most of the night (I elected to sleep under my tarp, instead of the shelter). On the 2nd day we donned rain suits and hiked out. We ended up cold and wet, but the hike itself was a success. Everyone had fun.

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!)

Pack: Gossamer Gear Murmer Pad: Exped SynMat UL 7 or Exped AirMat Basic UL (depending on season) Bag: Enlightened Equipment RevelatonX 10 or ProdigyX 40 (depending on season) Shelter: Zpacks Hexamid Solo Tarp and sometimes a Katabatic Gear Bristlecone Bivy

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

Looking to find a group of people who hike the way I do. I'm always interested in new gear, skills and techniques.

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

A member of my group is also a member here.


I'm a 29 year old father of 1, with number 2 on the way. I love hiking and backpacking, but my friends get tired of my ultralight tirades. Looking to occasionally hang out with like minded people.

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