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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
    Posts: 572
    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: 232
    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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