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Post by psykokid » Wed May 18, 2016 10:35 am

mitchellisdumb wrote:Thanks for the welcome! I'm studying at Fuller Theological Seminary, doing an MDiv. Almost done! It's been a long road, so my wife encouraged me to take this summer as a sort of sabbatical before starting any new jobs. She's the best. :) So I'm planning to spend most of the summer in one national park or another.
Very Nice! Lucky you with your wife giving you some time off to go play.
mitchellisdumb wrote:It really is nice having these mountains in our backyard! When I did my JMT trek, I trained mainly by doing Echo over and over again almost every morning (bright and early, before it got hot). The biggest point in Delaware is 446 feet above sea level... not really a ripe training ground for mountaineering.
I agree. Echo Mtn is OK, but it's a bit drab since its mostly shelf trail in scrub. I normally get up and hit the Mt. Wilson Trail @ 5:00 for three days during the work week. I hike up as far as I can go in an hour and then I run back down to the trailhead from my turn around point. Usually one day of the weekend (unless I have something else going on) I will start out at Chantry Flats right when they open the gate at 6:00, hike up the the Gabrielino Trail to Sturtevent Camp, up and over the Mt. Zion trail, and then catch Upper Winter Creek back to Chantry Flats. Makes a nice 8.5 mile loop with plenty of up and down to start the day.

I grew up near St. Louis where the highest point in the state is just over 1700', good walking trails out in the woods but no real big elevation gains like we have out here..

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Post by maverick » Wed May 18, 2016 10:41 am

Hi Greg,

Welcome to HST! :)
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I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, an HST member: http://reconn.org

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Post by kingmuirbrower » Sun May 22, 2016 11:04 am

Hello! Long time reader and lurker! My name is John and I do three or four backpacking trips a year and eight to ten day hikes a year. I live in the central valley so most of my hikes are around 120 and 108 with the occasional 395 romp. I look forward to getting to know more of you!

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Post by maverick » Sun May 22, 2016 11:10 am

Hi John,

Welcome to HST! :)
Professional Sierra Landscape Photographer

I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, an HST member: http://reconn.org

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Post by Rosabella » Tue May 24, 2016 11:53 am

Well, I guess I fall into the category of "not new, but back again" as well. I've gone thru some major changes in my life in the last year and half.... in a nutshell - I'm no longer living in Washington State and have moved back to SoCal! Life is pretty wonderful! I'm living in Whitewater Canyon (very near Palm Springs) and I am very happy. I'm a 15 minutes drive to the San Jacinto tram - really convenient for day hikes access. And the Whitewater Canyon has some beautiful area to explore.

Last summer I hiked the JMT again to celebrate this new chapter in my life... what better way to celebrate change than to get back to the trail that I love! :)

It's good to be back home. It's good to see familiar faces on the HST board.... I like the new "look" Eric!!

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Post by maverick » Tue May 24, 2016 12:11 pm

Hi Rosabella,

Welcome back to HST, and CA! :nod:
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I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, an HST member: http://reconn.org

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Post by cheese cheese » Tue May 24, 2016 8:42 pm

Hi! I've been lurking for several years - finally joined today. I fell in love with the outdoors in my 20's when I started grad school in San Diego. I got into rock climbing/bouldering/camping/backpacking/cycling/adventuring during those years and hope to keep it up in my 30's. Looking forward to contributing to these forums.

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Post by maverick » Wed May 25, 2016 10:43 am

Hi Cheese,

Welcome to HST! :)
Professional Sierra Landscape Photographer

I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, an HST member: http://reconn.org

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Post by rhyang » Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:25 am

Hey there -- my name is Rob, and I've lived in Silicon Valley for almost 20 years, and visiting the Sierra since then. I used to do a lot of climbing and mountaineering, but age and injuries have curtailed a lot of that, plus my job has been taking up way more of my time in recent years. I started tenkara fishing in the Emigrant Wilderness in July 2014 and the next year started with a "western" fly rod, which has become something of an obsession. I also spin fish on occasion, usually for bass in the local lakes and ponds, or for various surf species in the Monterey Bay (still working on my fly fishing setup for the surf).

This past winter I had surgery to my esophagus (it was a complication related to spinal surgery I had in 2007 after an auto wreck) and spent almost five months with a gastrostomy feeding tube. Wow, that was an eye opener. But I still managed to get out on dayhikes. I got my tube out a couple weeks ago and did my first backpack trip since surgery over Memorial weekend at Henry Coe State Park, fly fishing for bass and sunfish.

May I ask a question of those folks who get up to Orygun : I used to live in Portland for a few years back in the 90's but did not fish at the time. My sister's family moved up there last year and I was thinking of visiting and also throwing in a quick fly-fishing trip, maybe with some backpacking. Any ideas for a nice overnight ? Do alpine lakes in the Cascades have trout like the Sierra ?

Cheers and thanks in advance :)

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Post by seanr » Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:27 am

rhyang wrote:Hey there -- my name is Rob, and I've lived in Silicon Valley for almost 20 years, and visiting the Sierra since then. I used to do a lot of climbing and mountaineering, but age and injuries have curtailed a lot of that, plus my job has been taking up way more of my time in recent years. I started tenkara fishing in the Emigrant Wilderness in July 2014 and the next year started with a "western" fly rod, which has become something of an obsession. I also spin fish on occasion, usually for bass in the local lakes and ponds, or for various surf species in the Monterey Bay (still working on my fly fishing setup for the surf).

This past winter I had surgery to my esophagus (it was a complication related to spinal surgery I had in 2007 after an auto wreck) and spent almost five months with a gastrostomy feeding tube. Wow, that was an eye opener. But I still managed to get out on dayhikes. I got my tube out a couple weeks ago and did my first backpack trip since surgery over Memorial weekend at Henry Coe State Park, fly fishing for bass and sunfish.

May I ask a question of those folks who get up to Orygun : I used to live in Portland for a few years back in the 90's but did not fish at the time. My sister's family moved up there last year and I was thinking of visiting and also throwing in a quick fly-fishing trip, maybe with some backpacking. Any ideas for a nice overnight ? Do alpine lakes in the Cascades have trout like the Sierra ?

Cheers and thanks in advance :)
Orgling llama lives! Hi Rob, faster action might be achieved if you ask your question over in the fishing specific sub-forum/fishing hole. I'll say hi if I ever run into you at Coe or the beach.

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