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#202747 - 03/08/19 10:57 AM A Blog
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Registered: 12/08/05
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Loc: Rural Southeast Arizona
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
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#202748 - 03/08/19 03:07 PM Re: A Blog [Re: Pika]
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Registered: 12/10/15
Posts: 50
Loc: Southern Oregon
Nice blog. I look forward to reading more.

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#202750 - 03/08/19 04:13 PM Re: A Blog [Re: Lonerock]
Glenn Roberts Online   content
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Registered: 12/23/08
Posts: 1841
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Same here. But where’s the entry about chasing those crummy kids off our trails - um, I mean lawns? smile

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#202751 - 03/08/19 04:40 PM Re: A Blog [Re: Glenn Roberts]
Pika Offline
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Originally Posted By Glenn Roberts
Same here. But where’s the entry about chasing those crummy kids off our trails - um, I mean lawns? smile

Soon!
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#202752 - 03/09/19 06:54 AM Re: A Blog [Re: Pika]
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Registered: 01/05/02
Posts: 926
Loc: Michigan
Looks good.
From one grumpy old man to another.I will follow.

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#202753 - 03/09/19 10:12 AM Re: A Blog [Re: GrumpyGord]
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 1951
Loc: Napa, CA
Keep going, Mike!
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#203153 - 06/30/19 09:33 PM Re: A Blog [Re: Pika]
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Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 6714
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
I just read Pika's most recent entry in his TheOldBackpacker blog:
Desert Morning

What a beautiful piece of writing! Thank you, Pika!
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#203158 - 07/01/19 03:36 PM Re: A Blog [Re: OregonMouse]
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Thank you! 😀
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#203159 - 07/03/19 07:30 PM Re: A Blog [Re: OregonMouse]
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Registered: 01/11/02
Posts: 213
Loc: Happy Jack, AZ
OM:

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).

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#203160 - 07/03/19 10:16 PM Re: A Blog [Re: grit]
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Registered: 02/03/06
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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!
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#203161 - 07/03/19 11:03 PM Re: A Blog [Re: OregonMouse]
grit Online   content
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Registered: 01/11/02
Posts: 213
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.

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#203971 - 01/07/20 08:21 PM Re: A Blog [Re: grit]
OregonMouse Online   content
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Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 6714
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Those who have interacted with Pika on this site for years and consider him a trusted friend may want to read his latest blog entry
if you haven't already (I've been out of town for a while and am just catching up). Another sad and inevitable happening as we get farther "over the hill." Sorrow

I've sent my condolences, and I hope you will, too, if you haven't already.



Edited by OregonMouse (01/07/20 08:23 PM)
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#203972 - 01/07/20 09:25 PM Re: A Blog [Re: OregonMouse]
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Registered: 12/23/08
Posts: 1841
Loc: Southwest Ohio
Thanks, Mouse, for noticing this and letting us know. I hadn’t visited the blog for several weeks.

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#203975 - 01/08/20 05:14 AM Re: A Blog [Re: OregonMouse]
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Registered: 02/27/18
Posts: 246
Loc: Portland, Oregon
Yes, thanks for letting us know. Very sad.
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#203978 - 01/08/20 10:27 AM Re: A Blog [Re: OregonMouse]
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Registered: 01/16/13
Posts: 813
Loc: Nacogdoches, TX, USA
My sincerest condolences go out to Pika.
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#203987 - 01/09/20 06:04 AM Re: A Blog [Re: Pika]
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Registered: 01/18/02
Posts: 1200
Loc: Florida panhandle
My condolences to Pika.

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