Meet an AO: Peter

In November and December, we’re featuring our assistant organizers on Instagram and the blog.

Our AOs are the people thinking of trips, writing and posting the trip descriptions on Meetup, planning the route and carpool logistics, and then carrying out the journey, making sure that everyone is prepared and safe. When the hike is over, they’ve probably scoped out a place to grab some grub with friends, new and old.

In this season of gratefulness, we acknowledge our dedicated team of assistant organizers. We’ve asked them a couple of questions, so you can get to know them a little better.

Assistant Organizers, we see what you’re doing out there, and everything that goes on behind the scenes. We appreciate you!


Meet Assistant Organizer Peter, DC UL member since 2012. Peter has attended or led some 25 trips. He’s a veteran of Massanutten, White Grass, the Adirondacks, and more.

“I’m really in it for the bonfires and the post-trip feasts.”

Favorite trail food: My home-made beef jerky (Care to share the recipe, Peter?)

peter in waimanu valley
In Waimanu Valley. Photo credit: Vero L.

Favorite trail socks: Injinji toe socks

Something to know about me: I’m really in it for the bonfires and the post-trip feasts.

post-trip feast
Post-trip feast. Photo credit: Kylie L.

Favorite piece of gear: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter backpack

Favorite trip: IO – Zion NP, Utah (Narrows, Subway, Angels Landing 50-ish miles) (September, 2013)

PS in Wind River Range_Credit-Karan Girdhani
In the Wind River Range. Photo credit: Karan G.

Trail story: On my second trip ever, LM: Caledonia State Park, Rocky Knob, and AT (April 2013), I packed “stupid light” by bringing only a bivy sack and a bag liner. I wasn’t warm enough to sleep and spent the night stoking the fire and eating the entire huge bag of oatmeal I packed.

Thanks for chatting, Peter. See you on the trail!


Are you interested in becoming an assistant organizer? Read more on our site.

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