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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby mcgenes » Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:15 pm

Hello HST Community!
I confess to lurking here for several years. I have been backpacking actively for about 8 years and make 2-3 trips each summer. My longer trips include most of the JMT (entered via Italy Pass and headed south), Lamarck Col to South Lake, Rae Lakes via Baxter Pass, and Clark Canyon/Obelisk Lake. HST was particularly helpful in planning the xc portion of the Clark trip.

My primary BP buddy doesn't like cross-country and I am growing and more interested in it. I prefer to hike with friends, but find myself having to solo occasionally. I hope to meet some folks in this group and expand my trip opportunities.

I work in higher ed (administrator, not faculty). Married, no kids. I will turn 50 this summer, and I keep in shape with jogging and yoga. I am also an avid flyfisher, but have never fished on a hiking trip. I need to change that...Hoping the HST meet up will help me learn more about lake fishing. And maybe I will earn a trail name at some point.

So, Hello!
Just Marnie



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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:29 pm

Welcome out of the shadows Marnie! :)
Looking forwards to reading some of your TR's, Winter is the best time to post them, they will get a lot of attention since things slow down quite a bit here. :nod:
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Postby BurleighFrog » Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:23 pm

My name is Jeremy. I am a California native and am planning on exploring a little more of our backyard!! I am trying to get back into hiking and backpacking. I have a hike planned for Mt. Langley in June and have come to this High Sierra Topix as a resource to help prepare for it. Its been awhile since I have done anything like this and I am amped to get back into it! I have to admit, I am still quite a novice with backpacking anyways, so I really don't know where to start. I plan on doing as much reading necessary to familiarize myself with the equipment and conditions expected before this trip. There are a lot of great experiences that have been had by many of HST members and i look for to reliving them through the these written experiences! So show me the way my friends!
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby ERIC » Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:40 pm

Welcome, Jeremy! Regarding Langley, you should post further details of your trip plans and any questions you might have in the Peak Bagging / Rock Climbing / Bouldering forum. :thumbsup:

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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby DRJ1 » Thu Jan 28, 2016 4:58 pm

My name is David and I'm a 7th generation Visalia native. I left California five years ago and transplanted to Knoxville, TN. Although I have loved the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as well as the amazing trout fishing that TN has to offer I've always missed the high sierras. Every year I visit the homeland I head to the mountains with my fly rod. I'll be moving back this summer and my brother and I have already planned a half dozen trips we need to check off the list. He is a regular HST user (limpingcrab). Apparently this community is an epic source of high sierra intel and he insisted that I join and start sorting through trip reports. Fly fishing is my passion and I look forward to knocking out these trips and sharing with everyone else. I can't remember the last time I crossed paths with another fisherman up there so I'm a firm believer that those who are lucky enough to venture into the best mountain range in the US aught to stick together a share our war stories. I look forward to reading what others have to say and hope to add useful stuff of my own. Thanks to those who run HST and keep this community going. Hope to see y'all out on the trail...

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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby rlown » Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:09 pm

Nice intro David! We also love any TR's even if you put them in the "Beyond the Sierra Nevada" section towards the bottom of the main page. Winter is a great time to post and read.

Welcome aboard.

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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby CindyInOregon » Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:34 pm

Hi HST,
I've been going to Yosemite on and off for 35+ years. Have stayed in housekeeping camp with extended family more times than I care to remember and always look forward to getting out of the valley and away from the crowds to hike. I consider myself a very experienced day hiker (last year we did a one-day 17 mile trip from Sunrise Lakes trailhead to Cloud's Rest to Happy Isles) and would like to get back into some easy backpack trips. I found this site when searching for Tuolomne area hikes. Looking forward to sharing love of the backcountry with all of you.
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby WhitleyStrieber » Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:55 pm

Hello all:

I joined this forum to hopefully make some sense of backpacking and camping in and around the Sierra Nevada. I'm located on the East Coast of the United States and will be traveling out to California for my very first time this June - definitely very excited, and to be honest a bit overwhelmed with the possibilities! I spend a good amount of my time backpacking, canoeing, and exploring the Adirondack Park in New York. I'm used to just bushwhacking/portaging into a Wilderness Area with the goal of seclusion and looking at plants/birds. Anyway, I'll be traveling out of Los Angeles and hoping to spend 2 or 3 days in the Sierra Nevada as part of week-long trip. I am so used to the Eastern forest, with this trip I am looking to see as many different natural landscapes/biomes as I can.

I'm looking forward to exploring the forum and doing some trip planning.
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:20 pm

Hi Whitley,

Welcome to HST! Be aware, there will still be a lot of snow in the Sierra in June.
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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 Leadfoot83 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:52 pm

Hello everyone! I'm obviously new to the site. I was born and raised in Bakersfield, I'm currently 32yo and have 3 kids (2boys 1 girl). My name is Matt.
I have zero backpacking experience. I go camping multiple times a year at Balch park, we have a small plot of land that's been in the family since the 1800's. My hiking experience is following a few trails around in that area and that's about it.
California is a beautiful place and now that the kids are getting old enough to really get out doors I want them to experience the high Sierra. I want to start small with day hikes, work our way up to multiple day trips, and finish with bucket list multiple week hikes. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you. And I'm really looking forward to finding some info on how to get to certain trails and recommendations on trails to hike, along with items I'll need to make it all happen. So thank you all in advance.
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:52 am

Hi Matt,

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 Mtncaddis » Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:51 pm

Hello HST community!
My name is A.J. and I have been lurking for a couple years. I am a forty year old contractor who lives in the southern Appalachian mountains. This site has been very helpful in planning a past trip to the Sierra, evaluating photography and backpacking gear, and in keeping me away from many commitments.... I'm a sucker for trip reports and photos. I am ecstatic to be returning to the Sierra this summer to spend a few weeks on a portion of that trail that runs from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney and a section of the PCT. I have spent far too little time in California but thoroughly enjoyed the redwoods, the north coast, Terrapin Crossroads, and just fell in love with the Sierra Nevada. Pictures and words truly don't do it justice. "There are places you live in, and there are places that live in you." - Shelton Johnson.
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