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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby Mfletcher » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:49 pm

Hi Everyone,

My name is Matt, I'm just getting into backpacking and found this forum. Looks like a great place to get some trail/gear advice. We just took a trip up Buckeye pass in Humbodt Wilderness with our dog, very beautiful and quiet. Dog friendly trail tips welcome, she loves hiking, and we hate to leave her home. Looking forward to reading about, and sharing the mountain trails.



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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby Bard » Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:28 pm

Hello All,

Name is Bard, and I live in the foothills of the Sierra's in Reno. Have been hiking and mountain biking in the Lake Tahoe area for a decade or so. Wanting to explore more of what these mountains have to offer. I have done a few weekend backpack trips of short distance (~10 miles), and quickly realized I had camping gear and not backpacking gear. Working on some better gear there right now. My partner in crime is my German Shorthair Pointer mix, who has more energy than I ever will. Looking to find some new places to go and people to meet, and figure out this overcomplicated permit process!

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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby Mt. Goat » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:39 pm

Hi, I'm Jack from San Diego North County. A climbing friend of mine told me about this site and that it has a wealth of information. I will do the Rae Lakes Loop starting 8-23-15 and am looking for any advice on campsites and good fishing locations on this route.
Last year I completed my final section of the JMT and am looking forward to taking my time this year and relaxing, fishing and maybe doing a side trip from the Rae Lakes area. Doing the JMT I was always concerned with how many miles I could do a day like I had an appointment at the next camp I had find..and although I loved the experience I want to change that way of thinking and relax. Any comments or advice would be appreciated. Thanks.....
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:41 am

Hi Rand, Matt, Bard, and Jack,

Welcome all to HST! :)
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 iopolo » Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:15 pm

Hello,

My name is Isabelle, I live in Alameda, in front of San Francisco - I am 42.
My passion is backcountry skiing around the Carson Pass but we also like to hike in the summer with my partner- now that our kids are old enough we want to go hiking next week, with our dog -

I was born in France, my english is not perfect even if I leaved here for more than 10 years

I wanted to go to little lake valley but the permit situation got me nervous so now I am thinking Saddlebag Lake and the 20 lakes basin - if you have inputs on other nice routes with easy terrain ( 2 kids 8 and 9 and a giant dog ) I would like your ideas.
Thank you
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:25 pm

Hi Isabella,

Welcome to HST!
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 foxylocks » Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:26 pm

Jean here
..recently married on by Arrowhead lake on the Rae Lakes loop
found this website via a friend who emailed me in a string of emails re a trip they are planning the url to the trip link led me here..
of course I had to join
goal: PCT when independently wealthy
love: Sequoia and Kings Canyon
Live in the Redwoods of La Honda
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:13 am

Hi Jean,

Welcome to HST! Drive through your neck of the woods occasionally, when heading out to the coast, and want to avoid the traffic on 92. :)
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 sierrawild » Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:42 am

Thanks for inviting me to introduce myself. I've been an avid backpacker since I discovered the sport at 16. I've been honing my skills ever since. I originally joined the Boy Scouts just to go camping. I had no interest in anything else-although tying knots proved helpful. After my short stint with the BSA I joined in on church group backpacks-my first week-longer-never looking back. Actually I look back all the time usually for bears or Cougars. I particularly enjoy backpacking with just one partner-but that's usually out of necessity not necessarily choice. I've also found solo backpacking to be not only a thrill but a joy. The downside being some safety concerns and sharing that joy we all get from venturing into wilderness. I've been a zero impact backpacker from the beginning. I really appreciate highsierratopix. What a great job you all do. I hope I can help out as time goes by. Thanks to everyone who contributes-especially the moderators and founders. Great resource!
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:30 am

Hi Sierrawild,

Welcome to HST! Thank you for taking the time to introduce yourself, looking forward to your contributions, it takes all members to make HST great!
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 stormdude » Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:08 pm

Hello everyone,

I've been using this forum for many years to research our backpacking trips. Figured it's about time to introduce myself and begin posting trip reports.

I took up backpacking (again) in 2002 (in my forties at the time), thanks to lasik on my eyes and new lightweight gear. My base weight went from 45 pounds with the old Kelty in the early 1980s to around 22 pounds, and suddenly week-long trips to the High Sierra became much more fun.

Started with the Rae Lakes Loop during a heat wave in October and have taken about two trips per summer since then. My photo journals for past trips are posted on my web site:
http://www.stormdude.com/hab/backpacking.html

Wouldn't be surprised if I've seen some of the people from this community in the Sierras over the years, or perhaps during training hikes to Mt. Baldy or Crystal Cove State Park.

Many thanks to the founders and administrators of this board.
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby hikerdude87 » Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:15 am

Hello!

I recently stumbled across this website while researching potential backpacking spots in the Sierra. A lot of my experience with backpacking and the outdoors comes from my time in boy scouts. I stopped backpacking because I stopped scouting and I found other hobbies to occupy my time.

Recently I started backpacking again because I realized how beautiful the backcountry can be and I found it nice to be away from my busy life. Plus the other hobby I picked up was fishing and fishing in the backcountry is probably my main drive to go backpacking.

Hopefully I will get in a couple trips to the Sierras now that the busy tourist season is winding down.
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