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Summer Backpacking Highlights

Postby astrogerly » Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:04 pm

I’m not one for writing trip reports, so I want to be up front with that. I’m a big fan of reading them, I spent a good deal of my recovery last summer doing just that, but I’m better at just doing brief summaries of trips. I’ve been meaning to post about my return to backpacking this summer (http://astrogerly.blogspot.com/2014/06/ ... cking.html), but have failed at it, along with updating my blog. I finally got around to writing a new blog post yesterday, thanks to a shorter than expected trip due to the weather. It’s basically a summary of a few of the more significant backpacking adventures from this past summer (several trips were not included). They might be average trips to most, but after seriously breaking my back last February and having to learn to walk again, they are a pretty big deal to me. I appreciate any time I get in the Sierra after what happened. :)

Here’s the link to the summary: http://astrogerly.blogspot.com/2014/09/ ... hange.html

I’m happy to provide more details if anyone wants them! Hope you enjoy!



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Re: Summer Backpacking Highlights

Postby davidsheridan » Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:22 pm

Congratulations on your courageous recovery and return to the high sierra.

I can't imagine the rollercoaster of lows and highs you must have been through after breaking your back, to return to backpacking.

Thanks for sharing your story and wonderful photos.
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Re: Summer Backpacking Highlights

Postby astrogerly » Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:49 pm

Thanks, David! It's definitely been one heck of a roller coaster ride. I've learned/am learning a lot from the ongoing recovery journey. I now appreciate the big things (like Sierra trips) and the little things in a whole new way knowing how much differently they could have turned out... :)
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Re: Summer Backpacking Highlights

Postby maverick » Mon Sep 29, 2014 1:11 pm

Congratulation Tiffany on your recovery, and being able to indulge in your
passion, the Sierra!
Thank you for taking the time to write this up and posting a link to your blog,
your photo's are very pretty, and your story in inspirational!
Hope to see you continue to get stronger, and post future trip reports.
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Re: Summer Backpacking Highlights

Postby astrogerly » Mon Sep 29, 2014 1:38 pm

Thanks, Maverick! I'm going to try and make an effort to post future trip reports - either here or on my blog. I've noticed that writing has been a great outlet for me on my blog, so maybe trip reports will provide the same outlet.

I was very grateful to be able to day hike in the Sierra last summer, but there was still that special feeling that you get when backpacking that was missing. This summer I got that feeling back and it's meant the world to me.
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Re: Summer Backpacking Highlights

Postby LMBSGV » Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:22 pm

Thank you for the link to your blog. I enjoyed reading it. And loved the double rainbow photo.

And, congratulations on getting back to the Sierra. Very inspirational. Yes, "elated."
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Re: Summer Backpacking Highlights

Postby astrogerly » Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:54 am

Thanks! We knew that everything was going to look magical after the storm, and that sunset would probably be awesome, but the double rainbow was definitely a treat! It was also neat to see all the newly formed waterfalls cascading off the distant granite peaks/domes. Sadly, my iphone didn't capture those very well (left my dslr at home to save some weight). I think I'd forgotten how special the aftermath of some storms in the Sierra can be.
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Re: Summer Backpacking Highlights

Postby richlong8 » Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:38 am

astrogerly wrote: They might be average trips to most, but after seriously breaking my back last February and having to learn to walk again, they are a pretty big deal to me. I appreciate any time I get in the Sierra after what happened. :)

Here’s the link to the summary: http://astrogerly.blogspot.com/2014/09/ ... hange.html

I’m happy to provide more details if anyone wants them! Hope you enjoy!


Thanks for the summary of your trips. Getting back out there to "backpacking" after a major injury, especially to the back, is inspirational, probably more than you may realize. Are any trips in the High Sierra average? It will be really good to see more trip reports in the future.
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Re: Summer Backpacking Highlights

Postby astrogerly » Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:32 am

Rich,
Thanks for the kind words. I hear the "inspirational" comment quite a bit... and I don't think it will ever fully sink in for me. I just consider myself as plugging along and doing everything I can to get my life back. :)

Good point re: average. No trip in the Sierra is average. I am horrible about getting into the mindset of thinking my little weekend adventures are ho-hum compared to most peoples trips. I'm working on fixing that ;)
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