April 19, 2012
I've been backpacking quite regularly now for a few years. I started with crazy heavy packs, and have progressed to hit technical ultralight for fair-weather three season base weight. I have an interest in long-range backpacks with long, strenuous days, and in more technically oriented expeditions on big mountains on which light weights will help me succeed. I've walked over 30 miles in a day on a backpacking trip, and done 4 consecutive days over 20 miles. I've spent nights out in the single digits, and a week out below freezing. But why stop there?
My most recent outdoor adventure was a 2 day backpack in the White Mountains with Prius. He set up the logistics, and I just showed up to hike! The weather was good, with chilly nights and cool days, perfect for hiking. The week before, I did 3 Grade III multi-pitch trad climbing routes in 4 days (Moby Grape on Cannon Cliff 5.8, NE Ridge of The Pinnacle on Mt. Washington 5.7, The Diagonal on Wallface Mtn 5.7).
I use YAMA Cirriform 2p cuben shelter (it's a formed, 2 trekking pole cuben fiber shelter), or, solo, below tree line and in mid-Atlantic condtitions a 7.5 oz sil-nylon tarp and 6.7 oz bivy by Borah Gear. I sleep on a Therm-A-Rest Neo Air XTherm pad (or 2/3 length Z-Lite Sol) and in a 1 lb Western Mountaineering Highlite 35 F down bag. My backpack is Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400, or for lighter loads a 30 L CiloGear WorkSack or for fastpacking a 20L Ultimate Direction Fastpack.
I'd like to be able to get deeper into the wilderness, and to go faster and farther more comfortably. I'm mostly interested in bettering my skills with views of mountaineering and climbing trips, but some beautiful mountain ranges won't backpack themselves!
Meetup search long ago...
My pack is light so my feet are free to fly!