I have decided to try writing a blog focused on the issues and experiences of us more weathered, aging backpackers. I am aiming for something a bit on the eclectic side and plan to comment on gear, fitness, neat hikes I’ve done, public land policy, the environment and other stuff I have yet to think about. This will be my first try at an online presence, besides posting here. I am computer illiterate enough that just getting the blog site set up lnearly drove me to drink. Anyway it is now off to a shaky start and I hope to improve as time goes by. If you are interested you can visit with me at theoldbackpacker.com
Loc: Happy Jack, AZ
Since you read that portion of his blog, I’m assuming you also read Pika’s “You Can’t Go Home Again” segment. A truly heartwarming and revealing piece. As I approach my 70th year, I’m experiencing similar memories and the emotions that accompany them. I feel truly blessed to have experienced those past adventures. While I may not have the photos to help with the recall of campsites, vistas and backpacking partners, I do have those special memories that will never fade away. And those I will always treasure. Thank you, Chuck (Pika).
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Oh, yes, and I agree! I'm the same age as Pika and it appears that my backpacking days are over, although I'm going to try a few places in the Cascades where I can hike a mile in (which will take a couple of hours) and camp in relative peace and quiet.
10 years ago I hiked some trails I'd done (on horseback) as a youngster of 9 and later as a teenager. Things were a lot different, but I did enjoy the trips. It sure wasn't the same, though!
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey
Loc: Happy Jack, AZ
Wow. I would absolutely treasure an overnighter with both you and Pika! I would learn so much from your knowledge and experience. In the meantime, let’s all enjoy and savor every moment we have in the wilderness for our memories are priceless.