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    #169935 - 09/29/12 12:55 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: DJ2]
    DJ2 Offline
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    I'm bumping this post from 2005. When I posted it at age 60 there weren't many responding who were older than me.

    Now, in recent postings I see several who are older than me at my current age of 67.

    Very encouraging.


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    #169937 - 09/29/12 12:59 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: DJ2]
    GrumpyGord Offline
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    Loc: Michigan
    I was 5 years older than you in 2005 and I still am. I think that is true of the others also. smile

    Originally Posted By DJ2
    I'm bumping this post from 2005. When I posted it at age 60 there weren't many responding who were older than me.

    Now, in recent postings I see several who are older than me at my current age of 67.

    Very encouraging.


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    #169956 - 09/29/12 06:25 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: GrumpyGord]
    OregonMouse Offline
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    Registered: 02/03/06
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    Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
    Either we're living longer smile or (more likely) the active folks on this forum are getting older frown

    Speaking as a moderator, it would be great to have more new members here who aren't trying to spam or flame everyone or post ten completely meaningless posts so they can post a for sale ad! Of course those are the ones who cause us grief. We do have several wonderful new members giving us great input on this forum, and they're a joy to have here!

    As of next June 25, my dog and I will be the same age. How can that be? The general assumption is that one dog year equals 7 human years. My dog will be 11 next June; therefore he'll be the equivalent of 77!

    However, we're all spring chickens here compared to my daughter-in-law's grandmother, who is about to turn 100! She's still pretty spry, too!


    Edited by OregonMouse (09/29/12 06:26 PM)
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    #169967 - 09/29/12 11:21 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: OregonMouse]
    jbylake Offline
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    Registered: 09/15/12
    Posts: 202
    Loc: Northern KY USA
    77?....LoL,OM, if I ever see that, I'll be amazed. I'm 54, almost 55, was taking Aleve for 2 days after my last trip... crazy

    Hope I'm good for about 10 more years or so, because when I got to the age where I thought I'd give it up, I then realized that I didn't want too...

    All kidding aside, I do have some physical problems mostly related to my first career, the military, but also from a couple of major goof-up's in the grass as a civilian. I still can't resist the challenge though. I love the beauty of nature, being alone in a breeze in some picturesque place, but for me the best part is the challenge...everything else is icing on the cake. I know some people look down on that philosophy, some of my friends do, but hey, I don't judge them if they want to be so in tune with nature they do a 20 mile trip stark naked...I don't judge them, I just don't want to see it... grin

    Hope I'm still going at 77...but more likely people will be hiking on the dirt over me....Lol...

    Cheers,
    J.

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    #169973 - 09/30/12 01:29 AM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: jbylake]
    OregonMouse Offline
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    "We don't stop hiking because we grow old, we grow old because we stop hiking." --Finis Mitchell

    BTW, jbylake, you're one of the new members I was thinking of when I said that we have several new members who make great contributions to this forum. Welcome, and thank you!


    Edited by OregonMouse (09/30/12 01:32 AM)
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    #169976 - 09/30/12 08:25 AM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: DJ2]
    JPete Offline
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    Registered: 05/28/09
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    Loc: Eastern Ontario
    DJ2,

    76 here, 77 in December, just back from a canoe trip with my child bride and trophy wife (but she's only 66). Talking about doing the AT again when I'm 80. Did it when I was sixty and again when I was 70. Hang in there kid.

    best, jcp

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    #170048 - 10/02/12 12:04 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: DJ2]
    skcreidc Offline
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    Registered: 08/16/10
    Posts: 1590
    Loc: San Diego CA
    I don't know...I'm 55 so does that make me an old backpacker or an almost old backpacker. When I see people who are 80+ going by me on trail, I think to myself "that's going to be me when I'm in my 80's". I figure I still got 30 years. Use it or loose it!

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    #170398 - 10/11/12 01:40 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: skcreidc]
    rionada Offline
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    Registered: 04/19/02
    Posts: 493
    Loc: Hervey Bay, QLD Australia
    I'm 50 and you guys are making me feel young...
    Actually, I feel young most of the time. My kids help.
    I have twin 12 year olds that are hardier on the trail than most 20 somethings.
    Can't complain... But sometimes I still do.
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    i really don't think that applies to me.

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    #171650 - 11/08/12 06:32 AM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: alanwenker]
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    Registered: 05/12/12
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    Loc: NE TX
    Hi All,
    I've been lurking for a while and just had to say how nice it is to see a section devoted to "seasoned" if you will, backpacker's. I'll turn 58 in a few months (just a pup compared to some of the great posts I've read here.) I've been day hiking since I was a girl scout (many moons ago),canoe and kayak, but I have some spine issues and never dreamed of backpacking. Thanks to UL gear I started backpacking a couple of years ago and it's become my passion. I'm trying to do everything I can to stay in good shape so that I can continue to enjoy it as long as possible. I've had some knee issues (mostly due to arthritis,but meniscus,patellar too) off and on since I started, and I've really struggled with the right shoes. I have long skinny feet with a moderate arch and I continue to try different shoes hoping to hit on the right ones....it's a work in progress.
    Well that's enough rambling, just wanted to say thanks for the encouragement this and some of the other posts have given me.

    Leigh

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    #171666 - 11/08/12 12:18 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: LookinUp]
    rionada Offline
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    Registered: 04/19/02
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    Loc: Hervey Bay, QLD Australia
    Welcome Leigh,
    Keep at it.
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    #171676 - 11/08/12 02:41 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: LookinUp]
    OregonMouse Offline
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    Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
    Welcome, Leigh!

    Re knees--exercises for strengthening the muscles above and below the knee plus the use of trekking poles really helps me.

    Re footwear--I have really deformed feet (fallen arches, bunions, hammertoes) and have found that using trailrunners instead of boots really helps--I can get a far better fit with better support for my feet, and trailrunners are both softer and lighter. (There are some soft and light boots, but I haven't been able to find any without Goretex liners, which turn my feet into a sauna.) Also, ditch the manufacturer's insoles and find after-market insoles that work with your feet. I would have avoided my latest problem (plantar fasciitis) if I'd switched to green Superfeet (which work really well for me, Your Mileage May Vary) a long time ago!
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    #171807 - 11/10/12 07:03 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: OregonMouse]
    Richard Cullip Offline
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    Registered: 11/10/12
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    Loc: Poway, CA
    I just registered over here after hearing about TLB over at BPL. I don't consider myself "old" but rather I'm "well-aged" wink

    I backpacked fairly extensively way back in the early 1970's, mostly out of Mineral King. Made multiple trips up and over Franklin Pass and over to the Big 5/Little 5 Lakes basins back then when I was "young". I then, unfortunately, took a long hiatus from hiking around the High Sierra - got busy raising a family.

    Recently I got back into backpacking and now, at age 61, I'm looking forward to many more years of hiking around the High Sierra. I took the opportunity to upgrade all of my old equipment and now go fairly light, current base weight of 10lbs (or less if no bear canister is needed), which really helps this "well-aged" body get up into the high country.

    Life is good. Eternal life is better!
    Richard Cullip

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    #171808 - 11/10/12 07:28 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: Richard Cullip]
    OregonMouse Offline
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    Welcome, Richard!
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    #171854 - 11/11/12 07:36 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: OregonMouse]
    Kent W Offline
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    Registered: 10/15/09
    Posts: 607
    Loc: IL.
    i like this thread. I have been absent sice spring and my georgia smokies trek. on and I di 58 miles in 4 days. It killed me had to get off trail due to severe neck pain. I took afall when hammock suspension ad to be etendeed on day 3. We gave our all. Dad hiked Isle royale at 72 I may try never give up better to try and fail as never try at all!

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    #171864 - 11/11/12 09:47 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: Kent W]
    DJ2 Offline
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    Loc: Seattle, WA
    "i like this thread."

    Evidently others do too.

    The stats say it has been viewed 47,000 times.

    Is that possible?


    Edited by DJ2 (11/11/12 09:48 PM)

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    #171866 - 11/11/12 10:02 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: DJ2]
    OregonMouse Offline
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    It has been around for over seven years, so quite possible.
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    #173167 - 12/19/12 01:45 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: DJ2]
    Backpackhavn Offline
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    Registered: 12/18/12
    Posts: 13
    Loc: Texas, USA
    Thank you for being a great role model for others. Just recently met a couple who were both 60 on the trail and found that very motivating! They said they just take it a little slower, but have reached their goal for that day and were very proud of it.
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    #173177 - 12/19/12 11:34 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: Backpackhavn]
    balzaccom Offline
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    Loc: Napa, CA
    Gosh, I'm 60 and I am inspired by the people I run into on the trail who are a lot older than I am! sheesh. Now I feel old!
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    #173178 - 12/19/12 11:51 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: balzaccom]
    rockchucker22 Offline
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    Registered: 09/24/12
    Posts: 749
    Loc: Eastern Sierras
    I'm not old but my hiking partner is 65 and I have to work to keep up with him. I aspire to have his energy in 30 years from now.
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    #174595 - 02/02/13 09:58 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: DJ2]
    djtrekker Offline
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    Registered: 02/02/13
    Posts: 43
    Loc: Virginia
    60 here. I was avid backpacker in my youth, and though I still work, have returned. I backpack, kayak-camp and fish, fish backpack, and snowshoe camp.
    Last Feb I had a stent put in which solved a problem of pain and shortness of breath I thought was due to age, now I'm full speed again. My pace has slowed a bit because I enjoy rambling and taking in the sights. My comfort zone is the wilderness. Desert, mountain, no matter. I will never give it up. I am as comfortable with a 50 lb pack as I ever was, though do try to lighten a bit.
    So - trek on ye aged!
    My idol of sorts was Colin Fletcher - sad his passing. I have most of his books.

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    #174672 - 02/04/13 06:03 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: balzaccom]
    skcreidc Offline
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    Loc: San Diego CA
    Let me get this straight. DJ2 points out 47,000 hits on 11/11/2012. Right now (02/04/2013) the counter is at 52,428??? At a couple thousand hit a month, that's a popular thread all right.

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    #174714 - 02/05/13 03:59 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: djtrekker]
    Backpackhavn Offline
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    Registered: 12/18/12
    Posts: 13
    Loc: Texas, USA
    It is great that you can still be a backpacker at age 60, hope you will be able to do this for many years to come!
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    #174938 - 02/10/13 10:20 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: skcreidc]
    djtrekker Offline
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    Loc: Virginia
    What it means is, Boomers RULE!

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    #174940 - 02/10/13 11:38 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: djtrekker]
    balzaccom Offline
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    Loc: Napa, CA
    Every year I take my entire company on a camping trip somewhere in California. And it never fails--the younger folks hang out in camp, go to the beach, or even drive to a local town to see a movie (one VERY hot summer day.)

    The older folks always are the ones who head out to do some hiking. Always.

    So we have a nice acronym for this phenomenon: OPKA.

    Old People Kick ...

    Well, you get the idea.

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    #174954 - 02/11/13 12:03 PM Re: Are you an old backpacker? [Re: DJ2]
    BrianLe Offline
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    Loc: Washington State, King County
    I'm a mere 57, but I've hiked extensively with some close friends who are over 60, a couple of guys in particular. These are guys that I met while thru-hiking the PCT. They were doing so too. One had just had double hernia surgery, but was on trail doing big miles. He went on to hike the CDT the next year, at age 65 or so I think. I hiked the majority of the Appalachian Trail with the other one.

    My point here is that folks over 60 can do very extensive backpacking journeys. Certainly a degree of living sensibly prior and good genetics and good fortune all come into play. As does a modicum of backpacking experience and wisdom. And just a strong enough desire to keep getting out there.

    I've run into a couple of spry 70+ years olds on trail, but definitely less of those. I'm hoping to be one of them, but time will tell!
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