Backpack Training

My plans for this weekend changed, so I am going to offer a backpack training hike.  This is not a typical day hike.  Load up your backpack as if you were going on an overnighter and see how it feels on the trail.  This is a good prep if you are planning to go on one of the new-to-backpacking trips coming up.

Location:  Sugarloaf Mountain (please bring this MAP)

Distance: ~8 miles

Elevation gain: >1500 ft

We will meet at the West View Parking Lot, in the shelter. So enter the property through the gates on Comus Rd and keep winding up the mountain following the signs to the West View lot.

We will hike the white, blue, purple, red and green trails, stopping at White Rock for a snack.

What to bring:

Backpack filled with everything you would bring on a weekend trip. (Please use this as an opportunity to train and don't show up with just a day pack.)

2 liters of water


Rain gear depending on the forecast

If you don't have a lot of backpacking gear, you can fill your backpack with water or other heavy items to simulate the weight.  I recommend somewhere between 20-25 lbs.

If you have questions, please contact me through my profile page.

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  • Hollis

    Thanks everyone for being troopers in the snow. Great hike and great people. Beautiful day on the trail. Hope everyone feels more ready for a backpacking trip. If you have any questions about gear or other backpacking things, please feel free to email me!

    February 22

    • Kristen O

      Thanks again Hollis, it was a great way to kick off the weekend, and I'm looking forward to one of the upcoming intro overnight trips! Thanks for all the great insight as well. Have a great week!

      February 24

  • Kathleen

    Thanks for organizing, Hollis! In other news, I confirmed that I had over 10lbs of containers of extra water. With the the big green foam pad, that makes almost 15 extraneous pounds ;p

    1 · February 23

  • Hollis

    We are at the west view lot. Drive up the entrance and keep going and going.

    1 · February 22

  • Gabby

    I'm hoping I'll at least have my new tent by then - otherwise I guess I can always put rocks in my bag! ;p

    Can anyone give me a ride (or does anyone want to carpool) from downtown or a metro stop?

    February 17

    • Gabby

      Hollis, Grosvenor makes the most sense from where I am, so that sounds great

      February 19

    • Suki

      Kristen -- love a lift from Ballston! Thanks!

      February 20

  • Hollis

    If you don't have a lot of gear, water is a good way to add weight (and you can dump it if it gets to be too much!). 1 liter of water = about 2.2 lbs. Rice and books work too. Make sure you pack the heaviest items low and close to the body.

    February 18

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