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2017

  •  Lead NVHC Dayhike to Old Rag, SNP, VA, February 5
  •  Lead NVHC Dayhike to Big Schloss, GWNF, VA-WV, April 9
  •  Lead NVHC Dayhike to Little Devils Stairs & AT, SNP, VA, May 7
  •  Pedal to Preserve Bike Ride, Lancaster County, PA, June 3 
  •  Lead NVHC Dayhike to Old Rag, SNP, VA, July 3
  •  Lancaster Covered Bridge Metric Century Bike Ride, Lancaster, PA, August 20
  •  Lead NVHC Dayhike to White Oak Canyon & Hawksbill, SNP, VA, September17
  •  Backpack the Continental Divide Trail through Glacier NP, MT, September (Cancelled due to fire, smoke, and partial evacuation in GNP)

Wilderness First Aid Certified 6 Times
Taught a Backpacking Course at REI for 5 Years
I've been hiking and backpacking since I was in the Boy Scouts & Explorers

Backpacking & Backcountry Skiing Trip Fitness Preparation

These week long trips are physically difficult and require quite a bit of physical conditioning to get ready for them. This is what I do in a typical year:
Ride 1500 -2500 miles on my road bike
Hike 300 miles
Backpack 75-100 miles
Backcountry ski 50-75 miles
Swim 75 miles
Gym weight machines 150 times

Participants do not have to do this much, but you will have to work out a minimum of 4x per week for 3-4 months to get ready for these week long multi-day wilderness trips.Backpacking, backcountry skiing, or mountain climbing - all day, is calorically equivalent to running a marathon.

Multiday Wilderness Trip Technical Complexity & Physical Difficulty

These week long (or longer) wilderness trips are exponentially more technically complex, and physically difficult than dayhikes. For the trip leader, or solo participants, they represent a huge amount of research and logistical planning for: the larger trip location region; detailed daily navigation planning, buying or creating maps (or both); selecting, checking, and preparing gear; determining a menu, and preparing/packing food, protecting food from animals - are bear canisters required; to name a few things to be done. You have to consider hazards such as: river crossings, permanent snow field crossings, high & low tide at headlands on coastal backpacks, crossing or skirting bogs, difficulty of trail treadway, any class 3 trails, and avalanche terrain just to name a few. Through hikes on longer trails are usually broken down into week long segments as 7-8 days of food is usually the maximum that people want to carry. How and where do you resupply on longer trips? Because this does represent a considerable investment of time, I leave the details on my website so it can be helpful to others - at least as a good starting point for your own trip planning.

See Previous Trips link below for details.

Wilderness Navigation Tools

I have been creating my own custom topographic maps for well over 20 years, and always carry the following navigation tools on these trips:

  •  Large scale paper topographic map of the region, like Trails Illustrated, which show the big picture for unexpected, but now necessary route changes, and road access
  •  Small scale (1:24000) custom created and printed paper topographic maps for daily detailed navigation
  •  A real compass with baseplate and mirror, readable to 2, estimate to 1
  •  Altimeter watch to track daily elevation gain & loss, must set sample rate sufficiently high to not skip ups and downs
  •  iPhone (or Android) replaces a dedicated GPS receiver as it is lighter and can hold numerous apps & related information
  •  iPhone apps: GaiaGPS + map, AllTrails + map, Compass, Theodolite
  •  iPhone maps: must download any required maps at home in advance with internet connection - won't have access in the wilderness
  •  Maping software: Topo CD's, AllTrails, CalTopo - all great tools, use these to plan the detailed route and print (store) small scale maps

Annual Bike Rides

See www.LancasterFarmlandTrust.org for Pedal to Preserve bike ride details
See www.LancasterBikeClub.org for Covered Bridge Metric Century bike ride details
See Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team | 2007 Bay Country Century for Bay Country Century bike ride details
See Baltimore Bicycling Club for Civil War Century bike ride details

See Sea Gull Century for Sea Gull Century bike ride details

Previous Trips

See Previous Trips descriptions for my multiday wilderness trips.
 

Required Dayhiking Gear

For dayhikes wear hiking boots or hiking shoes and bring lunch, energy snacks, two quarts of water (more if hot), raingear, extra clothes, sun block, sunglasses, insect repellent, map, compass, pocket knife, and a small flashlight. These are the ten essentials - you don't carry them for the 95% of the time you never use them, you carry them for the 5% of the time you will need them desperately.

It's also important to bring a positive attitude and a sense of humor - they will still work after everything else has failed.
You carry plans B, C, and D in your pack.
It's only a dayhike if you make it back at the end of the day.

 


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