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Christian Nelson
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Attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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With a friend's help, I climbed my first technical route: Mt. Conness's West Ridge. A beautiful 3 days in the High Sierra. Thanks +Ingar Shu!
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I rolled in late last night after my third and final backpacking trip to the Sierras this season. This was the first solo trip I have taken (with the exception of a 1 nighter) since my Big Trip in 2006.

I wanted a bruiser, something hard from the get go that would push me. I wanted to know I still had it if I needed it. A friend told me about a loop he did and enjoyed, so I decided to do the same. It was a good compromise compared to the 8 day trip I originally thought up.

The loop started at Road's End in King's Canyon: Avalanche Pass, Roaring River, Colby Pass, Junction Meadow, Upper Kern Loop, Forester Pass, Bubb's Creek and back to Road's End. About 75 miles and more than 30k feet of elevation change. That took 4 days, including the 9 hours of driving to and fro.

Solo backpacking is something completely different than hiking with others. It's awesome to see where your head goes when you step away from all of the noise that fills our everyday lives. The thoughts and ideas that break through, bubbling up to the forefront of your consciousness, that otherwise never had a chance to get your attention, are simply awesome. I am always surprised by the important things lurking within, vying for attention but so often ignored. This trip reminds me that solo backpacking isn't just something I enjoy, it's something I truly need to be a more true me.

I broke one record: I hiked 29 miles in a single day. Previously, my max was something like 26.

My dry weight was around 14 lbs and total weight with food and 2l water was about 28 lbs. Very psyched about my rig and low weight. I brought my iphone in place of a camera, watch and book. That worked out very nicely.

Can't wait til next year.
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Yeah, airplane mode for practically the whole time. At the end of day four it hit the 20% warning.
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  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Computer Science, 1992 - 1996
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I help others build web and mobile products.
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Technical leadership, development process coaching, software architecture and full stack development.
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    Director of Engineering, 2006 - present
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