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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby astrogerly » Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:48 am

Thanks Maverick! We're definitely planning on attempting the trips this year, and spending some quality time in the Evolution Basin too. We were hoping to make it there at some point last year, but it has been moved to the top of the list for this year (I love that entire area). We'll definitely keep the HST meet-up on our radar and try to make it! :)

Tiff



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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby InsaneBoost » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:20 pm

Hello everyone,

Was just told about this forum on another forum with some fellow hikers. Seemed to be the right place now that I'm getting into overnight hikes.

Always have enjoyed the outdoors; smells, animals, scenery, everything. Grew up in the city and family on my mothers side owned a farm. Would always spend my summers there and I believe that's where I got my love for the great outdoors.

Moved to California recently and have been to Yosemite about five times already. Not an expert so have stuck with some small day hikes for the time being, but plan to do some more serious stuff this year.

Hoping to read/get help on what to do, things to bring, etc.

Hope to share some of my stories with you all as well.
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:57 pm

InsaneBoost wrote:
Hoping to read/get help on what to do, things to bring, etc.



Hi InsaneBoost,

Welcome to HST! You'll find a lot of information on here using the search feature, and
when your ready to ask question please do not hesitate.
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 Tom_H » Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:32 pm

astrogerly wrote:Hey everyone!... Tiffany


Hi Tiffany,

Sorry I didn't run across your intro until recently. Welcome to the forum. I wanted to say how inspired I am about your courageous comeback. I climbed everything I could get my fingers on as a kid, then fell out of a tree house at age seven and cracked a pair of thoracic vertebrae. Fortunately all I had to do was sleep on a board and wear a steel back brace for 6 months. When I first started rock climbing, I had some relearning to work through. You are showing some real bravery after what you've gone through and I really admire you. After I broke my hip in my 30's, I gave up downhilling and stuck with nordic, canoeing, and backpacking.

BTW, I had to ask about the astro part of your moniker, is that related to a baseball team or space stuff? Just curious, 'cause I'm a total fanatic about the latter of those.

Welcome again,
Tom
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby astrogerly » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:22 pm

Tom,
Hi! Thanks for the welcome! Wow, I'm really happy to hear that you recovered from that! Thank you for sharing - it really helps to hear these things. It reminds me that I can get back to what I was doing before, with patience and some adapting. The patience part has been not so fun with skiing though. I really want to be ripping down the slopes again, but with the nerve damage in the legs and just being queasy about taking a tumble and tweaking my back, I'm trying to remember that there's always next year. I've decided to stick to skinning around the backcountry the rest of the season to get some strength back and get use to skis on my feet again. I can't complain too much because nature therapy is the best and I'm back on skis again... and soon to be backpacking!

It's definitely the latter... I'm a Cubbie. ;) My background is a mix of aerospace and astronomy. :)

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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby iHartMK » Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:17 am

Well I guess this includes me too.. I've been on here a few years reading and learning even more about the places I love. My name is William, I am 44 years old and I have been camping and exploring the central & southern Sierra since I was a kid. I am lucky to have parents that camped and hiked.
I did my first backpacking trip when I was 17. I was hooked! I live in Visalia, about 30+/- miles from SeKi. I do about 10 backpacking trips per year and about 5 car camping trips per year.
So anyways, that's my story.
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:21 pm

Bump :)
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Postby Duxbait » Thu May 01, 2014 3:19 pm

Hi guys, new to the forum. Thought I'd introduce myself. I'm an east coast kid whose gonna be out in the Sierras from 5/17-5/31. I plan on hiking the JMT, or most of it starting from Yosemite on the 18th. I'm excited to see your mountains, and will surely have plenty of questions these last two weeks!

Oh, and hopefully a sweet report in about 5 weeks :nod:
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby maverick » Thu May 01, 2014 3:31 pm

Hi Duxbait,

Welcome to HST! Share your experience on the JMT with your fellow HST members
when you get back please. :thumbsup:
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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 oldranger » Fri May 02, 2014 7:47 am

Duxbait,

That is a pretty tough trip for that time of year, even if it is a low snow year. You will be dealing with snow on n. slopes above 10,000 feet! Going will be slow and potentially dangerous on steeper slopes.

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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby Wandering Daisy » Fri May 02, 2014 8:11 am

The PCT hikers will have beaten a path in the snow, so doing a trail route early this year will be more feasible than doing an off-trail route. I do agree that you will be slowed down- high-stepping footprints is tedious. The PCT crowd does, however, create paths on the passes that would make them a bit safer. The Whitney Portal forum has noted that they are beginning to see the PCT hikers. You should start reading the PCT hiker journals to see what conditions they are encountering.
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Re: Lurkers Please Introduce Yourself

Postby SteveP » Fri May 02, 2014 8:32 am

Hi all,
The wife and I started backpacking back in college 70's then took a few dwcades off to raise kids and deal with other life issues. Five years ago we took up backpacking again with trips to Snow Mountain Wilderness, Lost Coast and sections of the JMT. Thia year we have a week trip to Emigrant Wilderness planned for Memorial day week and I'll be doing a solo SOBO of the JMT in July. We pack light under 30lbs for a week to ten days now. I't quite a change from the old days of 50+lb hike which I certainly don't miss.
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