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    #173590 - 01/07/13 01:24 AM Re: Too Old? [Re: balzaccom]
    TomD Offline
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    Registered: 10/30/03
    Posts: 4963
    Loc: Marina del Rey,CA
    Just checking. Actually, based on my experience, maybe that was contributing to your problem-too many miles. I developed chrondomalacia in one knee because of too many miles (about 100-200 a week), so once I backed off, it went away, plus I had a physical job and spent a lot of time in the water scuba diving, so it all added up.
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    #174596 - 02/02/13 10:08 PM Re: Too Old? [Re: Abnrml1]
    djtrekker Offline
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    Registered: 02/02/13
    Posts: 43
    Loc: Virginia
    I'm also new, but welcome! You are young yet!!!!
    I'm 60 and just took up my backpack love again in 2004. Going strong.

    My bad back was aided by a good backpack with good hipbelt, properly fitted to me. Feels like heaven to wear. Keeping the core body in shape is crucial to the back. Back muscles, abdominals, laterals, need exercise. You don't need a gym necessarily, just find some good exercises to do for strength and flexibility. Lots of walking!
    I agree with earlier post, too, that I would make certain via doctor that my back doesn't have a malady that requires medical attention. I thought mine might, but found I had just gotten soft. I use a gym and walk a lot.

    This thing is fun, backpacking. I'm into gadgets, so what can I say - heaven! You don't have to be though, and it isn't that expensive either. Start by walking some trails, stay out most of a day, move to an overnighter, relax and enjoy. You know what they say, just do it!

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    #175173 - 02/19/13 08:54 AM Re: Too Old? [Re: djtrekker]
    hikerduane Offline
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    Registered: 02/23/03
    Posts: 2123
    Loc: Meadow Valley, CA
    Out snow shoeing and snow camping again this weekend, this time with three younger guys in their 30's. One I've done a few trips with, summer and winter. He called me a tank, I just keep rolling along, not pokey, just after climbing straight up a steep hill or two on shoes, it takes it out of you. However, they were the first ones to bed that night, I stayed up and read and wasn't even sore the next day.
    Duane

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    #184790 - 04/30/14 10:21 PM Re: Too Old? [Re: hikerduane]
    ndwoods Offline
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    Registered: 01/26/02
    Posts: 572
    Loc: Santa Cruz CA, Sierra Hiker
    61 here, hubby 63. Hubby has congenital back defect...gap in his discs that has pained him his whole life to some degree. Odd thing is that backpacking actually makes his back feel BETTER! He says the back rests just right against his back...
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    #184946 - 05/07/14 09:39 PM Re: Too Old? [Re: ndwoods]
    intrek38 Offline
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    Registered: 11/29/03
    Posts: 430
    Loc: Hesperia, Calif
    Following a few thru hiker journals and I figure these would fit in here.
    Drag'n fly is attempting to become the oldest woman to thru hike the AT (record is now 71) and will turn 74 in September.
    www.trailjournals.com/freckles

    I met a thru the other day on the pct who hike with this women with an amazing goal/challenge ahead of her.
    Gotta Walk
    http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=443273


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    #185711 - 06/13/14 03:05 PM Re: Too Old? [Re: Abnrml1]
    Djwine Offline
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    Registered: 06/20/11
    Posts: 3
    Loc: topeka, ks
    Sure hope you aren't too old. I'm 71 & am leaving for the scout ranch in NE NM (Philmont) for a 10 day trek with my grand son & other scouts.

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    #185770 - 06/17/14 09:33 AM Re: Too Old? [Re: Djwine]
    dzierzak Offline
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    Registered: 07/18/07
    Posts: 43
    Loc: WV
    Originally Posted By Djwine
    Sure hope you aren't too old. I'm 71 & am leaving for the scout ranch in NE NM (Philmont) for a 10 day trek with my grand son & other scouts.


    When and what trek?
    We are 623B1 on trek 22. I'm not quite as old as you - 65...

    Ed

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    #191733 - 08/28/15 04:46 PM Re: Too Old? [Re: Abnrml1]
    Djwine Offline
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    Registered: 06/20/11
    Posts: 3
    Loc: topeka, ks
    We were crew 617 B. Trek 15. What a fabulous trip.

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    #192270 - 10/20/15 01:14 AM Re: Too Old? [Re: Abnrml1]
    ndwoods Offline
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    Registered: 01/26/02
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    Loc: Santa Cruz CA, Sierra Hiker
    There is no too old to get started
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    #192272 - 10/20/15 10:07 AM Re: Too Old? [Re: ndwoods]
    tramp Offline
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    Registered: 01/24/12
    Posts: 66
    Loc: WV
    If you think you can't............you're right. If you think you can you're right too.

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    #192314 - 10/24/15 01:03 PM Re: Too Old? [Re: Abnrml1]
    Outcasthiker Offline
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    Registered: 12/13/10
    Posts: 60
    Loc: Tennessee
    My Dad is 77 and still backpacks with me in the Smoky Mountain National Park every year. He is on two different hiking clubs as well.

    Get out and enjoy the beauty of nature!
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    #192944 - 12/21/15 09:41 PM Re: Too Old? [Re: Abnrml1]
    Jim M Offline
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    Registered: 11/23/03
    Posts: 265
    Loc: Kitsap Peninsula, WA
    I liked many of these responses. My advice is to gradually build up to longer trips. I walk up the hills in the neighborhood when it is raining and i can't go out hiking. With a pack and boots if I'm getting ready for a long trip. I hike once a week in the woods, some times with considerable elevation gain, mostly easier trails. Sometimes over night, mostly day trips that last 6 to 8 hours. I am older than you and because I train regularly younger people never fail to mention how inspiring it is to see an old guy doing so well.
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    #199655 - 12/02/17 06:22 PM Re: Too Old? [Re: Abnrml1]
    EMT Dave Offline
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    Registered: 11/24/16
    Posts: 53
    Loc: MA
    Originally Posted By Abnrml1
    Brand new to the board here and I wanted to ask a question. How old is too old? I'm in my early 50s and haven't done any packing since I got out of the Marine Corps 30 years ago. I've been battling with lower back problems for about 10 years now and my wife thinks that I am crazy for even thinking about starting this up again.

    I am sick of just existing in this house. I told my wife that life without living is just death without dying. So how old is too old to get started?


    I am 65 and you are naught but an infant. Read the last version of The Complete Walker and some of the newer and more timely books to gear up and get going. Go light but not ultralight until your skill set is up to speed. Try and get your physical condition improved first. Carry your new pack for hikes in town loaded with water bottles, if necessary getting your load to where it will be.
    Start with overnights
    Ideally, find yourself a companion with some experience to fill in cracks and get you going. You should start out in smiling weather so as to not discourage yourself and over test your new skills.
    Hey, if you are in the northeast, get in touch. If I am not humping patients, I am good for a couple of nights. Seriously.

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    #199656 - 12/02/17 06:26 PM Re: Too Old? [Re: intrek38]
    EMT Dave Offline
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    Registered: 11/24/16
    Posts: 53
    Loc: MA
    Originally Posted By intrek38
    Following a few thru hiker journals and I figure these would fit in here.
    Drag'n fly is attempting to become the oldest woman to thru hike the AT (record is now 71) and will turn 74 in September.
    www.trailjournals.com/freckles

    I met a thru the other day on the pct who hike with this women with an amazing goal/challenge ahead of her.
    Gotta Walk
    http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=443273


    I regularly saw hikers in their 70's this past summer in Berkshire county, MA.
    Granny Gates was hiking until the year before her death in her mid-70s. Her "tent" was a plastic shower curtain and she wore canvas sneakers, ate Vienna sausage and her "pack" was a canvas sack she carried in her hand.

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    #199677 - 12/03/17 05:10 PM Re: Too Old? [Re: Abnrml1]
    HPD Offline
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    Registered: 12/22/16
    Posts: 36
    Loc: Colorado High Plains
    Originally Posted By Abnrml1

    I am sick of just existing in this house. I told my wife that life without living is just death without dying. So how old is too old to get started?

    I know this post is old but the advice is still the same - Your body will tell you! Work your way into and see what happens.

    I got back into it some years back and ended up doing a lot of what I'd call big trips over the last couple decades. I felt like I was in my best shape ever in 2014 when I did a couple long ones, including the Grand Canyon and the Wind Rivers. Then, some of my parts started failing. Only done one trip since, this past summer. Screwed up a couple toes on that one which kept me from going back to the Winds in August.

    Dealing with my 2nd detached retina in 18 months now, so I have a pretty good feel for what it's like sitting around the house-it sucks!
    But I still have hope for at least one more trip to Winds - man, I love that place! Gonna try and work my way back into it and see what the body has to say about it.

    I've always felt that backpacking was mostly a mental thing. Guess I'll find out how far that goes.....
    Bill

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