Sheldon Feigel started hiking in 1975 as a Boy Scout. Sheldon has hiked the John Muir Trail, many parts of the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Appalachian Trail in Maine and New Hampshire. He has also trekked the trans-Sierra and hiked Mt. Whitney 14 times with Scout troops.
In the mid 90′s, as a Scoutmaster, he was carrying a pack weight between 60-75 lbs on week long treks. In 2002 he came across Ray Jardine’s book, Beyond Backpacking, and has never carried a pack over 25 pounds since then. On his Troops Mt. Whitney hike in 2012, his pack weight at the end of the week at the Whitney trailhead was 9 lb. His two sons both ended the week with packs weights below 8 lb.
In the last 15 years Sheldon has led hundreds of Boy Scouts on countless backpacking treks and has taught lightweight and ultralight packing for the past 11 years. As a Wood Badge Trainer on 5 courses, he has taught hundreds of adults about ultralight backpacking as well. As a result of our ultralight hiking, we go further, go quicker, and enjoy the journey so much more.
Home: Sanger, CA
Outdoor Organization Involvement: Scoutmaster and Venture Crew Advisor at Boy Scouts of America
Favorite Training Grounds: Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains
Current Plans: This year my Scout Troop will be hiking parts of the John Muir Trail and will hike Half Dome in Yosemite…and where ever the boys lead me.