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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:16 pm

Hi A.J.,

Welcome to HST!
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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 powderhound » Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:29 am

Hi! I'm a long-time lurker, first-time poster. I've been backpacking my whole life, but only got into long-distance hiking about 4 years ago and have made it a goal to do at least one long one each year. My first through hike was the JMT in 2013, then the High Sierra Trail in 2014, and the Big SEKI loop in 2015. I'm still deciding on a hike for this coming summer, which is what brings me here again. I discovered High Sierra Topix doing a google search when I was prepping for the JMT and am glad I did--I never would have heard of the Big SEKI loop if I hadn't! I plan on writing some trail reports and giving advice wherever I can. I think I might also write a few words about the Big SEKI loop soon, since it's one of the lesser-known major loops out there and parts of it definitely took me by surprise. I just wrote a post asking about good 120-180 mile hikes, and saw the introduction section and thought I would drop in. Oh, and my name is Gary =;

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Postby kaylam87 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:42 pm

Hi all,

My name is Kayla. I'm 28 and took up backpacking last year after getting into hiking a few years earlier. I try to get out to hike, snowshoe, backpack, or camp almost every weekend. I absolutely love planning trips for my friends and am already prepping trips for September... I have an addiction!
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:48 pm

Hi Gary and Kayla,

Welcome to HST! Looking forward to reading about your adventures in the Sierra and beyond. :)
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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Postby tyler675108 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:56 pm

Hey guys! I'm just getting into long distance hiking and am doing my first long trip this summer on the JMT! I am an avid fly fishermen from Michigan and I instantly got hooked on The High Sierra after doing Mt. Whitney!
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:20 pm

Welcome aboard Tyler!
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 sambieni » Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:55 pm

Not much of a lurker... Kinda jumped right in once I found this forum - so thank you people for welcoming me!

I'm down here in LA, originally from the East Coast. Done some backpacking here and there in life, but realized, the whole reason I let my wife talk me into moving out West was because of the trees and mountains. Been a few years here now and realizing, lost sight of the goal w little ones' arrivals. So few years in, no time like the present to remember you goals and start executing. Interests are quite simply hiking and backpacking. Thanks for folks' kind help planning first few - of hopefully many - backcountry trips into the Sierras.
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby tweederjohnson » Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:23 pm

Hello HST,

I've been (practically) a daily lurker for the last couple years. Can't tell you how much I appreciate all of the information, trip reports, and beautiful photos everyone posts. HST is my favorite way to kill downtime at work, and usually the last thing I do before going to bed.

My wife and I are good for a couple multi-day outings a summer, save for this last one when we got married and spent our honeymoon in Asia. We live in San Francisco and do our best to get to the mountains whenever we can, even if it's just a one-night camping trip.

I've only posted one report (viewtopic.php?f=1&t=11585), but I'll be sure to post more in the future. Most of the trips I've done so far have been well covered by this site (Rae Lakes, Onion Valley to Whitney, etc), so I didn't bother posting anything (though now I know the information can still be useful to people, so I'll be sure to post everything in the future).

We generally stick to trails, though I'm hoping to branch out this summer and sprinkle in some easy cross-country sidetrips (if the trips we go on allow for it). I also picked up a fly rod that I'm excited to put to use this summer as well.

This summer, I'd like to do Quartz Mountain->Red Peak/Post Peak/Fernandez Passes->Quartz Mountain and then another one exploring/fishing the lakes and basins above Lake Sabrina. The information I've gotten from here for both of these trips has been outstanding!

So yeah, thanks again for everything. I look forward to being more of a contributor in the future. Who knows, maybe one of these years I might just show up at the annual meet-up and put some faces to names :) (I'm certainly tempted this year).

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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Fri Mar 18, 2016 12:38 pm

Thank you Sambieni and Tweeder for the official intro's. :thumbsup:
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 GioClimb » Mon Mar 21, 2016 3:16 pm

My pal and I both stumbled upon HST as we started to research the SHR. Great site.

I’ve been trekking into various mountains for different reasons most of my life. My favorite place is the middle of nowhere and I have a love of scrambling (Class 3-4 stuff). I have no list of peaks I need to reach, or trails I need to hike. I just like a good challenge and the isolation of being where few people tread. That said, I do prefer a group of 3 or 4.

Seems like most of my focus this year will be in the Sequoia / Kings Canyon area, long-walking the granite through the thin air and taking photos.

I also lead some shorter, overnight backpacking trips for California Backpacking club.

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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:08 pm

Hi Gio,

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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Introducing myself to the Forum!!! What a cool resource

Postby Aurum » Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:14 pm

Hey All!

IDK if this is the right place to post this, but here goes. The Sierras are my old stomping grounds. After backpacking in the Boy Scouts and going on trips with friends to the backcountry, I've been inspired with a life-long appreciation of all things outdoors. Just stumbled on this site today--what a great place with loads of resources.

Looking forward to contributing to the community.

PS!!! I'm leaving to hike the PCT in Early May! That's how I found the site, but that's not why I'm sticking around.

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