Backpacking is a new passion for Jen. Growing up on Long Island meant she was well-acquainted with beaches, not mountains. It wasn’t until she moved to D.C. and became involved with a local outdoors group that she started hiking. It was a steady progression: short hikes led to longer ones, long hikes led to overnight backpacking, and overnight backpacks led to her wanting to do more.
She wouldn’t have described herself as ultra-light before joining DC UL Backpacking, but Jen always was fine-tuning her gear after each trip. Going lighter made complete sense, and helped her move closer to her goal of being a more efficient backpacker. Since joining DC UL, Jen has backpacked throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, thru-hiked Sweden’s Kungsleden trail in June 2013, and thru-hiked the John Muir Trail in July 2014. She is now a co-organizer of DC UL Backpacking, and organizes trips aimed at getting new members on the trails, including a women’s only backpacking series for its female members.
Jen is looking forward to continuing her backpacking journeys and to encouraging others to get on the trail… ultra-light, of course!
Home: Washington, DC
Website: Shuttling Around
Outdoor Organization Involvement: Co-organizer, DC UL Backpacking.
Favorite Training Ground:I never get tired of hiking Signal Knob, and Sugarloaf Mountain is an underrated hike that’s close to D.C. Pennsylvania is full of wonderful hiking and backpacking. If I have time, I enjoy heading down to the southern Shenandoah area.
Favorite Pack: My Mariposa. Shall I count the ways?
I Never Hit The Trail Without: My camera for capturing moments and Alpine Instant Apple Cider for a cozy campfire treat.