Shane S.Shane S.

Shane S.

Member, Veteran Member (@)('19)


Elkridge, MD

Joined group

Jun 3, 2015

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

I have been backpacking with DC UL for just over a year. Prior to 2015, I had no overnight hiking experience this century - so I am still on the learning curve. Longest day was ~21 miles around part of the VA Triple Crown (but 2 miles of that was packless, and I injured myself the next day, so it doesn't really count). Coldest night was a little below freezing, Sept 2016 at 10k' in Colorado.

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

I recently soloed the Four Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in Colorado: twenty-something miles in two full days and parts of two other days. (I figured I was not quite ready for the DC UL trip that hiked a larger version of this trip about a week later, but I was also unable to wait another year before seeing the Rockies up close again.) I bought the Sky Terrain map of the area, loaded up a bear canister, and followed all of the USFS regulations. Perfect weather, but zero acclimation/acclimatization time. The first three passes were a cardiovascular struggle, and I did not realize the sudden altitude change would depress my appetite so much. But the trip was beyond spectacular, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat. (I'd carry less sleeping gear and fewer camp shoes next time, though.)

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 Moment DW (34 oz on paper, before seam sealing). Sleeping gear: Therm-a-Rest XTherm Regular (15 oz), Enlightened Equipment Revelation 40 reg/wide (16 oz, summer only, usually with a cheap liner), EE Revelation 20 reg/wide (21 oz). Pack: ULA Circuit. Note: I prefer to drag bear canisters even where not required, because I still suck at bear hanging. Also, a canister causes less wear and tear on the tree.

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

Goals: I want to see spectacular scenery and interesting terrain, both here and out West, before I am too decrepit to walk them. That's the bottom line.

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

Possibly forums at