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John C.

Co-Organizer

Veteran Plus Member (3!) (The Look,DOC) (WFA) ('18)

Location:

West Chester, PA
Hometown: West Chester, PA

Member since:

April 25, 2012

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

I have completed several multi-day trips in PA including the Black Forest Trail, Old Loggers Path, Loyalsock Trail, and the Susquehannock. The longest single day so far is 32 miles on the Three Ridges/Priest hike in Virginia. The coldest night out is about -20F in the Adirondacks - not fun.

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

108 miles Colorado Trail, August 2015. Adirondacks GRT with Sawteeth extension September 2015.

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!)

Shelter: Tarptent Rainshadow 2 (3 person for camping with my son and or/dog) and a Tarptent Moment for solo or group trips. Sleep system: Montbell UL Superspiral #3 or Mountain Hardware Phantom 0 with various pads depending upon weather. Backpack: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus or ULA Ohm2. I am investigating a higher volume winter pack perhaps a CiloGear 45L.

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

I have read Andrew Skurka's book and I am attempting to incorporate some of his principle into my future gear selections. I would like to push my limits in terms of hiking distance per day and would enjoy meeting some fellow ultralight hikers.

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

Searched the Meetup site for backpacking groups, and I had been learning UL principles on my own for some time.

Introduction

Joined DC UL to hang out with the cool kids.


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