Hometown: Arapahoe, NC
September 6, 2011
Hi, I'm a pretty frequent day-hiker and have been wanting to get out on more backpacking trips -- or just to meet new people. My gear isn't really all 'ultra-light', but I'm comfortable with it.
Hiking? I put in 12-20+ miles a week, pretty much every week from May --> October. I've done almost every decent loop hike in a three hour radius of Baltimore / DC. Backpacking? A little pathetic. I do a couple of single-night backpacks (20-30 miles) a year, but haven't done a mutli-night trip in...well, it's been awhile. Longest mileage in a day w/pack. Hmmm, 18 miles / 4500' while carrying 5-7L of water + stuff (not so UL). In fairness, though, it wasn't all that hot and I was happy to sit my ass down afterwards. Coldest? I've woken up to 11 degrees F where my breath has frozen solid on the outside of my very comfortable sleeping bag (not so UL, either)...
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I had a huge, clunky REI half-dome that needs replacing. It's circa 1996 REI heft. I have a decent 20 degree bag and a exceedingly clunky external frame pack (also circa '96) that I love dearly.
I'd like to join to backpack with people who enjoy getting outdoors. My pace sounds like a good fit, so I guess I'd also be down for ways to cut lbs -- or an excuse to pick up some non circa-'96 gear!
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