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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:24 pm

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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby shan1203 » Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:01 pm

Hi HST,

I've posted a few times already, but allow me to formally introduce myself :)

My husband and I are recent transplants from the Midwest now living in SoCal (and loving it!) For the last 10 years, we've spent all of our vacation time traveling west for various outdoor adventures - most of which include either the Grand Canyon or the Sierra Nevadas. We started out as hikers/backpackers, but have recently (in the last two years) taken up climbing and canyoneering, as well.

Before moving here, we did the JMT in four section hikes - one week each August from 2009-2012. This experience left us knowing that the Sierra Nevadas would be a frequent destination for us for (hopefully) the rest of time! We absolutely love the mountains, and these ones in particular. They are simply amazing. We've been frequenting Onion Valley and Sequoia/Kings Canyon ever since moving here and have hiked to: Garderner Basin, 60 Lakes Basin, Mt Gould summit, Big Baldy summit and climbed: Half Dome, Lembert Dome, Little Baldy this summer.

We are looking forward to accessing more and more remote areas of the Sierra Nevadas and also accumulating summits as we go. The information in this forum has already proven to be such a valuable resource!

Happy Hiking,
Shannon
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby MJF » Thu Sep 11, 2014 5:40 pm

My name is Mike and I love backpacking. I just turned fifty and my knees are shot so I have been reducing the weight of my gear which has helped me tremendously. My first trip to 10000 Island lake this past weekend was fantastic. When I came through the rocks to see Banner Peak my jaw dropped to the floor. I like all the information offered here and thought I would join in.
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby rlown » Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:46 pm

Welcome to HST, Mike!

loved your story of weight loss as well on the other thread.
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby Optimus-00 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:16 pm

Longtime backpacker in High Sierra, but new to this board. I was sent here by participants on recent Sierra Club trip I led into Lake Basin. I've led Sierra Club backpack trips since 1980, went on my first SC backpack in 1974, a wee pup of 13 back then. My mentors were John Carter, Jim Watters, Patrick Colgan, and Jim Maas.

Favorite routes always have a strong cross-country component to them, and it's fun to do new routes but also fun to repeat parts of old routes - the mountains don't change much, but my bones and muscles sure do!

- Andy J.
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:54 am

Hi Shannon,

Thanks for the formal intro. :)

Hi Mike and Andy,

Welcome to HST! Yes Mike, the view from the eastern end of 1000 Is Lake with Banner
in the background is postcard ready.
Looking forward to reading some of your older and newer TR's that you would like to
share with us while leading Sierra Club groups or individual trips Andy.
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Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby Gozerian138 » Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:19 pm

Hello All,
Been lurking for about a year, checking out all of the wonderful trips and soaking up the trip advice. I backpacked as a kid with my dad and with the Scouts in the San Gabriel Mtns. As an adult, I have done a medium amount of backpacking with my kids and one of my good buddies in recent years. Most of my trips have been in the San Gabriels, since I am a SoCal dweller. I did one quick trip in Death Valley (Marble Canyon) with a friend a couple years ago. That backcountry is bizarre and fascinating..

Anyway, this past summer I finally got out into the Sierras and did a 2 nighter up to Shadow and Lake Ediza with my oldest kids. Needless to say I am hooked on the Sierras now. I am exploring the possibilities on starting to work on the JMT in segments (with friends and/or with my kids) over the next several years. Unfortunately, like a lot of people, I do not have nearly the free time to do more than 2-3 nights at a time. I am always looking for backpacking trips to take my kids on (4 years old to 14 years old) and quick overnighters with friends as well. I will try to participate on this board more :) . Hopefully at some point, I will be able to share some backpacking adventures. I thoroughly enjoy all of the great trip reports that people post and hopefully it will continue to inspire me to get up to the Sierras.

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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:52 pm

Hi Mike,

Welcome to HST! You'll have fun doing the JMT in sections, looking forward to
reading the TR's of your adventures. :)
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination.

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

Postby limpingcrab » Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:38 pm

Howdy,

My name is Daniel Jeffcoach and I love every activity in the mountains. I know tons about Sequoia/Kings Canyon and almost nothing about everywhere else. My son is now 8th generation fresno/tulare county so this area is like home and now I've been able to learn a lot about the rest of the range from all of you, so thanks!

I'll try to do a TR sometime as a thank you
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:13 am

Hi Daniel,

Welcome to HST! Thanks for the intro. Will be looking for that TR! :)
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination.

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

Postby tanngrisnir3 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:17 pm

47 years old, grew up hiking and backpacking Yosemite every summer, originally from the Big Sur area, have lived in SoCal in total now about 14 years.

Both my wife and I are semi-pro photographers, and we're just now getting her into backpacking, snowshoeing, etc...

Huge fans of the East Side, but finally getting to know SEKI and finding it is what Yosemite is often thought to be but more, better and less crowded.

Hoping to get to Cloud Canyon for the first time this if time permits before snow falls.

Love this board because of the detailed information I can find about the most remote and obscure places all over the Sierra.
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:49 pm

Hi Tanngrisnir3,

Welcome to HST!

Huge fans of the East Side, but finally getting to know SEKI and finding it is what
Yosemite is often thought to be but more, better and less crowded.


Right on with that assessment, though Minarets, Silver Divide, and Mono Divides have
some special spots too. What type of photography?
Clouds Canyon can be very pretty in the Fall, though early Summer with the
wildflowers at their peak it can be absolutely magical.
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