Kudos to the new members on this trip—An, Matthew, Saran, and Tyler—for maintaining high spirits during what turned out to be more of an adventure that we initially planned for a low-mileage trip.
In 2019, DC UL hosted its inaugural bikepacking trip on the C&O Canal, leaving from Cumberland and heading east for 40-some miles. It turned into the mudbog of the century! During that trip, we experienced flat tires, pot holes, and mud puddles as big as a car. This year, we decided to use the same... Continue Reading →
Trip report for: https://www.meetup.com/DC-UL-Backpacking/events/270965300/ Since the 27mi Trout Run valley trip was full, I decided to lead a separate trip with my friend Steve G. We went to S. Massanutten and did an ad-hoc loop starting at 8am on Saturday morning and finishing up around noon on Sunday. We were joined by Mark V, Logan... Continue Reading →
https://www.meetup.com/DC-UL-Backpacking/events/270854486/ It had been four years since I last hiked the AFT, so I was delighted to give it another go. Between the stay at home orders and travel restrictions due to work, I hadn't been out backpacking since the Death Valley trip, so I was hot to trot. Since I had posted it so... Continue Reading →
Some people work hard, party harder... this trip seemed to follow that mantra: powering through the miles with barely a break, and then taking camp + post-hike lounge time to new levels. Friday night, we set off from a cold & windy Vienna parking lot in 3 cars after a bit of "who's on first?"... Continue Reading →