Doug Van E.

Event Organizer


Fruita, CO
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

Member since:

July 19, 2011


What type of backpacking equipment do you have?

Nothing fancy or particularly light weight but adequate for 2-7 day trips.

What type of backpacking equipment are you willing to share?

We have a Black Diamond Megamid that makes a great cooking shelter for 4 people in a driving rain or hail storm (which seem to be common here just about cooking time).

Where have you been backpacking?

We movrf from Alaska to GJ in March '11 so all our backpacking has been in AK in the past 30 years. Prior to that: Sierras, Winds, Big Horns, Snowy Range, all over Colorado; southern AZ.

Where would you like to go backpacking?

Great Basin Nat'l Park, San Rafael Swell, Canyonlands

What type of special skills do you have (e.g. CPR certified, scuba certified, can build a snow cave, etc.)

CPR/ 1st Aid, former EMT/WEC certified, Swift Water Rescue (SWRT), can build a snow cave, guided mountaineers on Denali, guided sea kayaking and paddle raft adventures in Alaska; founded/ organizer Meetup


My wife and I live in Grand Junction so we are hot to join in on things over toward San Rafael Swell,Capitol Reef and the other national parks farther east. We hike, backpack, raft, canoe. Have 2 large dogs that love to come on hikes (when welcomed).

What Doug Van E. is saying about this Meetup Group

Great group

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