I hope I'm posting this properly. I just want to say that I am 61 and I'm just starting backpacking and I'm so happy that I am physically able to do so! I am slowly accumulating the equipment and I am ready for a first overnighter after a practice run. I'm planning on going solo the first time. Also, I may start a Meet Up group for older hiker and backpackers because I am not fast. I have been a member of a younger Meet Up group, but have not actually tried to hike with them because they always go on the weekends and the trails sound strenuous. I still work 24 hours a week and have days off during the week, so I think retired hikers would work for me. I have chronic pain, but keeping moving seems to be the best cure.