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Mike S

Location:

Virginia Beach, VA
Hometown: Hershey, PA

Member since:

March 6, 2015

Help us to understand the experience level of our members. This will enhance the safety and planning of events. Are you new to backpacking or do you consider yourself an experience backpacker? About how long have you been backpacking?

New to backpacking in 2015. Have been on 4 trips. My goal is to experience the outdoors in a whole new way. And eventually hike the mountains of the western United States. Looking to further enhance my spiritual connection to nature.

Do you currently have all the equipment you need for a backpacking trip? i.e. backpack, boots, sleeping bag, stove, tent, cooking stuff, clothing, etc. etc., etc.?

Yes, I've invested in all the right equipment, etc.

When was the last time you went backpacking? Where did you go? How many nights were you on the trail?

Last backpacking trip was September 2016. Went to the Jim Bridger Wilderness located in the Grand Tetons of southern Wyoming. Spent 4 day/nights.

What is the longest backpacking trip you have been on (number of days/nights)? Where?

4 day/nights.

Do you know how to read a topographic map? Do you own and know how to use a compass? Do you own and know how to use a GPS?

Not very well and No and No, but need to learn

Introduction

I grew up near Hershey, PA. My teenage years were spent hunting, fishing, helping on my grandparents farm and being involved in sports. Now, I'm planted behind a desk as the owner of a software company. Yes, I miss the outdoors. So, here I am!


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