Hello everyone. I have created a group for people interested in talking about their hiking and backpacking experiences and I invite all to sign up here: http://hikingbackpacking.newsvine.com/. I don't even know where to start but I will try. First of all I am an old fart and my hiking days are over due to physical problems but I still like to talk about the days when I tromped up and down the mountains. The best place to start is with a single step as they say so here goes.
A brief bit of history and I mean brief. I grew up in the East and have hiked all along the Appalachians but have since moved to Washigton State where I have hiked durn near everything in sight. Somewhere along the line I spent some time in the Rockies and California too. You may ask what is the point of my article and my answer is that there is no real point just as most things in life.
I just think it would be cool if a few people could babble on about a hike they have taken and I will be the first volunteer. Back in 1966, when I was a student at the University of Maine, I signed up for the outdoor club and we went on a weekend hike, in September, to Mt. Katahdin. If you haven't seen Mt. Katahdin you are missing a real treat. It is over 1 mile high and is a rock monolith rising high above the Maine woods with timberline somewhere around 3,000 feet. The first thousand feet or so or elevation gain to Chimney Ponds was a killer as it was all in the dark but the dawn rewarded us with a glorious view of The Mountain over the pond. By the way I won't talk about about what went on between me and my hiking partner, Sally, during our night in the wooden shelter ahem. It was cold as hell that night but we survived.
We made an attempt to climb up the Pamola route and were defeated by the exposure and sheer fear. Then we tried the standard route to the summit (I can't remember the name of the route) and I think we made it to the top but I am not certain as memory fades with age.
What I do remember is my introduction to backpacking which left me with a burning passion that still lasts until today. It has always been a toss up about which is better....hiking or sex and I decided that both of them are.
I would really like to hear from others about their hiking and backpacking experiences and please excuse my typos and mispellings.