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Mark

Assistant Organizer

Veteran Plus Member (Mountain Slayer) (2!) ('19)

Location:

Haymarket, VA
Hometown: Fairfax, VA

Member since:

February 25, 2010

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

I've backpacked all over the mid-Atlantic, a few times out west, and once in Europe. 16 days on trail in Sweden, with this group, is the pinnacle of my backpacking experience. My longest day was 32 miles on the Massanutten Death March and coldest temp was teens on the Virginia triple crown.

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

Brian's trip in the Wild Oak and Ramesy's Draft area was great. Going to bed with cool temps and clear skies, and yet waking up to snow on the ground and sill clear skies was exhilarating.

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!)

Hyperlite Windrider Pack, Hyperlite Echo II Shelter, Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad, Western Mountaineering Ultralite 20degree or Marmot 40 degree, depending on anticipated conditions.

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

Meeting good people to share in good times on a trail is my main goal.

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

Goggling of "Backpacking Club in Northern Virginia" had me discover Meetup.com.

Introduction

Hello my fellow backpackers. I love being in the wilderness and the outdoors in general. Ideally, I get out with this group at least once a season.


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