Justin "Gnarly" B.


Portland, OR
Hometown: 1000 Islands, NY

Member since:

September 28, 2012

Why do you think you should be a member of the bunch?

I have the experience and the stamina to get out to some extreme places and know of some big miles long weekends I would like to do, even if most people might think the season isn't right. I want to get out to the big views even when there is snow all around and one can barely make it to the trailhead. A 10 or 12 hour day with 5000+ feet elevation gain is elation for me, not backbreaking. I want to be out there, and find people looking for those extreme challenges also.

Woud you be willing to organize backpacking outings?

If you've got the vehicle to get us out to the trailhead I'll plan the route and make sure we don't get too lost.

What's the best memorable backpacking trip you have done

Of course the long trails like the AT and PCT were epic. But locally a trip I did with a friend on the PCT in the Mt Jefferson Wilderness from Marion Lake, to Minto Pass, to South Cinder, and back out over a lava field, in the snows of March, that was intense. After the PCT it seems like a breeze, but still so much fun to be up in the powder in the silence that the Winter offers out in the wilderness.


I've hiked the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail, and some day will go for the Triple Crown, but for now I just want to get out to some high elevation snowshoeing with folks that aren't afraid of some backcountry miles on snow covered ridges.


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