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Gary S

MidAtlantic Backpackers Organizer


Sacramento, CA
Hometown: Verona, VA

Member since:

May 21, 2010

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?

I heard in Meetup mail. Even though I am middle aged, I still tend to be somewhat rebellious. So despite the fact that there now probably 10 backpacking Meetups in the area, I chose to join the new OCB startup.

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.?

Gear comes and goes, but great friends can last a long time. So I have to go with that. Friendship.

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

I'm at the point where backpacking is a means to other adventures. So trips involving canoeing, kayaking, climbing, and exploring new places with friends are closest to my real goals.

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

5 nights in Wind River Range and Newfoundland.

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?

2019 I am switching to Gaia, paper map, and compass.


I have backpacked from Newfoundland, to the Three Sisters; West Virginia, out west in the Wind River Range, the Smokies, Big Basin, Yellowstone and Glacier were fun. Now I am here in CA checking out the shores, hot springs, and mountains.

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