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Veteran Plus Member (2-@)(Crusher) (B-VII) ('19)


College Park, MD

Member since:

July 9, 2015

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

I've been backpacking pretty consistently for the past couple years with DCUL. My longest trip to date was the AT (thru hiker, class of '17). My longest day thus far has been 34 miles in southern Maine over Saddleback Mt. My coldest night was last spring where it dipped down into the low 20's.

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

My most recent adventure was the AT. I started hiking on April 1st, 201 and summitted Katahdin on August 17th. I managed to get a couple months off work and hit the trail! Met a ton of great people out there and had such a nice summer living the trail life. The weather cooperated some days, and other days it didn't, but every day was better than sitting in an office. Overall, one of the best decisions I've ever made and I'd highly recommend just going for it if you're on the edge. Also happy to answer questions about the trail!

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!)

I use a Lightheart Solo tent as my shelter. My sleep system consists of an Enlightened equipment 30deg quilt. My backpack is a ULA circuit.

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

I'm primarily joined DC UL as a way of meeting people with similar backpacking interests. I'm mainly just looking to get out as often as possible, escape this busy world whenever I can, and have some fun.

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

I was referred to the group by a friend.


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