Year after year, it seems like the west coast--and namely California--has been outperforming the east coast ultralighters in regards to get-togethers. There might be reasons for this: a) I'm wrong, and being new to the east coast, ignorant of the trips; b) there's more of us on the west than on the east coast; c) pshaw! no more bull; there's no excuse, let's make this happen.
Hangers, groundlings, and John Muir impersonators unite (no sleeping bags, they just dance all night to stay warm). It's time for the 1st annual New England ultralight backpacker's weekend. I've organized permit stuff for groups related to scouts (got reservations, permits, checked on fire regulations, etc), but never an ultralighter's extravaganza. So I'm new to this, and the more community input the better. I think.
Those from the west coast (and Doug, you well travelled...gentleman) can testify to what makes one of these great: beer, lightweight kits a plenty to geek out about, wine, a competition (last time was woodburning stoves, other ideas?), and most importantly splendid wilderness.
I've some questions: WHO's interested? WHERE should we go? WHEN should we go? Is a place like NH's White Mountains (which I hear are spectacular) too far north? Should it be adults only? Or a family-friendly hub bub? Is the fall or late summer a good season? Or would it be best to wait until spring (maybe relative to weather/interest)? Maybe if we timed it right and got permits for the right place, we could put ourselves to the side of the AT (so that we aren't inundated why folks, but still close) and spread some lightweight love to some heavyweight thruhikers, perhaps expanding our community in the meantime.
Westcoasters, bump this thread with notes about how great the annual get-together has been. Help me spark encouragement. East coasters, bump if interested, for ideas, and when and where you might want to have it. As time goes on, we'll narrow things down: get a date, get a place, and an approximate list of folks. And if you think you can help me tag team organizing it, as Ken & Ken do so well in CA, PM me please. It's not much work, but it's nice to have a partner.