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Atta boys for the older hikers

Postby Hikingfamily » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:46 pm

So, all summer as we peaked another pass (we went over 11 passes this summer as a family), there would be a literal cheerleading section on top, cheering our kids on. It was so fun to experience the camaraderie and community that is built with shared experiences on a trail.

BUT...truly, I was most impressed with all the older folks we encountered. Each one of these people had stories that they had to overcome to be out there: bummed knees, bad backs, knee surgery...one guy had 5 stents in his body....previous scary falls that resulted in broken legs and a need to call search and rescue...

That takes courage!

One lady was in her 80s that we passed half way through our trip a few years ago. We were on a 35 mile 2 night trip with our 7 and 9 year old. She looked at us and said, "now don't tell me that I inspire you" (how could she not inspire me but I refrained) and then she bent down, and looked at my little girl in the eye and said, "but you, little girlie, YOU inspire me!"

So, for all of you that push through previous trials and still venture on, I salute you!

Keep on trekking! =D>



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Re: Atta boys for the older hikers

Postby East Side Hiker » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:32 am

Its a simple matter - the older you get, the slower you go; you just keep going. The better you pack your pack. The less you need. The more experienced you are. At 59, I can't even run very far anymore, but I can ride my mountain bike 20 miles and I hiked into Evolution Valley last year (didn't do much but car camp this year...).
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Re: Atta boys for the older hikers

Postby whrdafamI? » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:05 am

It seems as if Hikingfamily has left us. Not a surprise after the less than warm welcome she received. Really to bad as not everyone writes in the same style.
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Re: Atta boys for the older hikers

Postby Flux » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:10 am

Met a guy who was 65 heading up Pine Creek and heading to the Bear Creek drainage. He said it was like his 25th time up that pass. He was not going all that slow. He was careful to pack no more than 30 lbs.
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Re: Atta boys for the older hikers

Postby oldranger » Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:26 pm

Flux

65 does not count as old! ;) Except when we work it to our advantage. :D

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Re: Atta boys for the older hikers

Postby Lett » Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:46 pm

65 is damn near spring chicken territory. :moon:
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Re: Atta boys for the older hikers

Postby John Dittli » Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:57 pm

Pop on his last backpack (seven days) at age 89.
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Re: Atta boys for the older hikers

Postby SSSdave » Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:37 pm

The most popular trailhead for over 70 seniors I've noticed the last couple decades tends to be Rock Creek. Arguably the easiest access to the high country along the Eastern Sierra.
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Re: Atta boys for the older hikers

Postby Cross Country » Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:37 pm

I would like to say that I believe that no one should talk about bp at 60, or 65, or 70, or more, until they are that age. Just because you know someone at an age doesn't mean you understand. I mean no disrespect to John, but in reference to "Pop" (89yo) I would love to read his entry, but not John's, or about why "Pop" can't write an entry. Also, I would throughly enjoy reading entries about bp from someone over 70, but not someone who knows them. However, to be impressed I would need to read about several people bp (backpacking) over the age of 70. Jack LaLanne did, in fact exist, but he was an extreme example. The exception DOES NOT prove anything apart (a little Spanish syntax), from that there are exceptions. There are bpers in the Sierra and there are scholars. There are some crossovers. GB is our most notable example. He doesn't like me, but I like him. I've gotten off the subject, but one should discover that interesting, intelligent people (almost everyone hates the condescending ones), digress. Next summer at 70 I want to take a trip (or 2), after 7 major surguries ( including heart bypass surgery). I might need some help, not a lot of help, just a little (as in, some company).

Here's a picture of me taken on Goat Crest (above Kid Lakes) over 40 years ago. This pic was taken 18 years after my 1st backpacking trip. I don't have pics of the trip from when I was 11yo.
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Re: Atta boys for the older hikers

Postby John Dittli » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:07 pm

yep, braggin' on my Pop, no disrespect taken. He can't write 'cause he died of malignant melanoma two years after that picture was taken (wear your sunscreen!). Even if he hadn't, I can pretty much guarantee he wouldn't be bothered with writing about it here, he never had much time for socializing.

I had the good luck to backpack with him yearly for 40 of his 70 backpacking years and learned quite a lot from him. But yes, if I were to tell his story, it would be my story of him, not his story eh?

Yes, he was exceptional. Take it for what it's worth; most people I show this photo to find it inspirational.
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Re: Atta boys for the older hikers

Postby Cross Country » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:10 pm

Despite what I said, I love what you wrote. Thanks for writing it.
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