Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7011 posts, RR: 28 Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 896 times:
Hi everybody. Is anybody here a fan of hiking? I haven't done all that much hiking growing up, but what I've done has given me a truly deep appreciation for nature and wilderness, and I want to explore more parts of the countryside. My most memorable hiking experiences have occured in Yosemite National Park and in Israel. For three years I went hiking in Yosemite National Park in the winter, and the following pictures could show you how stunning it is.
These pictures don't even do it justice. I personally find wintertime to be the best hiking time in Yosemite, as there's something about what the snow does to the nature.
I've also done some extensive hiking in the Golan Heights and Negev Desert. Here's some of the best pictures I could find on the web of the Golan.
A nice view from the top of Mt. Hermon in the wintertime
I've actually only been hiking in the Golan Heights in the summer, so I never got to experience the snow that cover some of the mountain peaks in the wintertime. I also experienced the Negev Desert in the summertime, which if you've never experienced blistering heat of this sort before, it is quite an experience I must say.
Part of the Ovdat Canyon Wildlife Reserve
So I'm wondering if anybody else here enjoys hiking, and even if you dont' contribute to the thread, I hope you enjoy the threads.
Futterman From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1301 posts, RR: 49 Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 889 times:
I'm not much of a hiker, but I wouldn't mind trekking for a few miles along a dirt path just to get a nice view. Sleeping on a sheet hanging off the side of El Capitan is far from my ideal night out, though.
Check out the shots of Everest passengers on Buddah Air can get. Wow!
Zak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8 Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 853 times:
ah yosemite, climbers dream! the vertical sea of granite at el cap, the beautiful merced river, mighty half dome etc, such a gift of nature!
i am hiking alot to stay in shape for the times that im going climbing in the alps, so i hike about 25km at least once a week. pictures of a moderate alpine hiking trip in early 2003 can be found here http://www.metacannibal.net/jamtal/
also a very nice landscape
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9831 posts, RR: 17 Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 830 times:
I have hiked to the top of Mt Ashland, at different parts of Crater Lake, and several trails around the Portland area. This place is great for hiking if you want to just take a stroll through the forest and not be far from the city or if you really do want to get away from it all. The one trail I will only do on bike from now on is Springwater Trail from Downtown Portland to Gresham City Park. About 6 miles uphill the whole way. I did it on a Razor Scooter. Nice scenery. Nature everywhere, even a herd of deer. I was so happy to see that Tri-Met bus at the end of it all!
RockyRacoon From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 938 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 821 times:
Red River Gorge in Kentucky (southeast of LEX) offers great hiking for the eastern us. It's located in the Dnaiel Boone National Forest. There are lots of rock arches, cliffs, vallleys. Plenty of repelling areas as well. It's always a good time but, I'm sure it's nothing compared to the parks out west.
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 54 Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 816 times:
I like hiking, but only if it has a "reward" to it, typically in the form of a peak ascent/summit or something like that...Ive hiked/backpacked in quite a few locales, ranging from Colorado to Washington, Costa Rica to Australia and some, the highlight being my ascent of Costa Rica's highest mountain, Cerro Chirripo, at 12,530 ft.
Me on the summit:
The summit pyramid, taken about 200 vertical feet below the top or so:
This summer I'm backpacking in British Columbia for a few weeks...can't wait for that!
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Nonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1289 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 813 times:
I just joined the Highpointer's Club. Members of this club have the ambition of reaching the highest elevation in each state. It could be a simple drive up experience such as a park in Florida, an intersection in Delaware, or Clingman's Dome in Tennessee. On the other extreme are ones like Granite Peak in Montana (rock climbing experience required) and of course Mt. McKinley in Alaska.
I have decided to try several this year. Easier ones will be done in the off-season while I hope to go after the high peaks of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Idaho this summer. All four will be some very good hikes. Don't know if it will ever come to Mt. McKinley, but maybe one day.......
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 54 Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 799 times:
How many highpoints have you done? Im a member of the Highpointers Club too...Ive done 5 so far...
NY - Mt. Marcy
VT - Mt. Mansfield
DE - Ebright Azimuth
NJ - High Point
MA - Mount Greylock
Once I get a car out here in school in Boulder I hope to head off to Panorama Point in Nebraska and Mount Sunflower in Kansas...both of which are somewhat close...and weather permitting Mount Elbert someday...hopefully this summer I also will get a shot at Mount Rainier if all goes to plan (and perhaps go to the Highpointers Club convention at Rainier since I'll be in Washington at the same time)...and maybe do a weekend trip from my home in PA to Mount Davis, Backbone Mountain, and Spruce Knob...
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Bobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 7 Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 760 times:
Is that Cyclopes rucksack?
Yes and no - names & brands vary in different markets..?
It's good for mixed hiking if you want to take lots of gear. Some armed forces use it "off the shelf"; some use a shorter/wider variant which is not as good for hiking but works a little better on the occasions that you need to wear a climbing harness too.
If you just walk from A to B in a straight line, something less "technical" (and lighter) is probably better. Now, I try to travel light (and cycle more), so I use a Lowe Alpine Contour Event, or an old Macpac Ultramarathon.
I want one..
They were overpriced when I went shopping :-( probably cheaper now.
Mine was "borrowed" by my ex when she left. The top of the frame had started to tear through the surrounding fabric anyway, so it didn't have many miles left. The earlier ones did have a few flaws like that, but I think the current ones are almost indestructible.
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 40 Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 750 times:
I did the whole Cub Scout/Webelo/Boy Scout thing growing up (even made Eagle Scout), and the hiking and camping was the coolest thing we did. Most of it was done in the San Gabriel/San Bernardino Mountains, Holcomb Valley near Big Bear Lake, Sierra Nevada's in Kern County (all in California), etc. Also did a little rim and below the rim hiking in the Grand Canyon a few years ago.
That's one thing I miss living in the deep south.....no mountains.
Tom at MSY
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Nonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1289 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 746 times:
I also currently have 5 in this order:
WA-Mt Rainier (climbed back in 1992 with RMI guides)
NE-Panorama Point--the America'sroof site gives good directions
LA- Driskill Mountain
I have also seen Mt. McKinley from fairly close while working two summers at the entrance to Denali Park. I would really like a shot at it, but it will be a challenge on the financial, physical, and work schedule departments. I need a five year plan for this.
This weekend could afford a chance to do the easiest of all--Britton Hill, FL!
The weather may not be all that great, but I may try to drive up from VPS anyway. In late Feb, my wife and I are planning on visiting the Big Island of Hawaii. It would be the perfect time to go after Mauna Kea. In the springtime, I will probably continue to go after "easier" HP's. Then when summer hits, it will be time to make those big hikes in the Rockies. Highpointing is fun, isn't it?
Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7011 posts, RR: 28 Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 736 times:
One of my favorite parts about growing up in southern California was that we literally had the San Gabriel mountains right in our backyard. I lived a twenty minute drive from Mt. Wilson, and two minutes from the border of the Angeles National Forest, along with its numerous trails. After a powerful winter storm hit the mountains, we would go up to there and have a blast.
Texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4204 posts, RR: 53 Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 727 times:
Mt. Elbert is not a very difficult climb, it just takes a long time because it is a very gradual slope. Done any of the 14ers in CO yet? Been up Sherman, Tabeguache, Shavano, and Elbert so far, hopefully I'll have em all under the belt before I die. Good luck with Elbert, and be careful out there!
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USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 54 Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 726 times:
Unfortunately I haven't mostly due to the fact that I have no car out here...I may be able to get to Elbert this spring before I go home if a friend of mine whos also interested in doing Elbert (he actually tried, but climbed South Mount Elbert by mistake) comes out for the spring and summer which he might...
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SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 697 times:
Nice gear :P
I offloaded most of my hiking gear a few years ago but now i'm trying to repurchase most of them now that I'm getting in better shape.. just need to find another Arc Teryx Bora 80... I had a Jansport Alaska and it fell to pieces :/ (from airline abuse, go figure)..
25 BMAbound: I have climbed a bunch of peaks in the Rockies, mainly in the Cabinet Wilderness in Montana. The scenery is amazing. However, my longer hikes have bee
26 Tbar220: BMA, Could you provide some links of good pictures of the Scandinavian mountains? Do you have any of your own we could see? Interested.
27 Srbmod: I used to go a couple a times a year in the early to mid 1990s. Mainly doing little short 10-15 mile hikes on the Appalachian Trail in North Georgia o
28 BMAbound: Tbar220, there's a really good homepage about some Swedish mountains, thing is, it's in swedish... However, if you feel like trying to look at the pic
29 DLKAPA: I've done Elbert. It's about a 7 mile hike trailhead to summit, and there are a few very steep stretches, but once you get above timberline, it is all
30 Arrow: My wife and I have hiked/backpacked extensively in Western Canada, with so many trips over the last 30 years I can't remember them all. Did some climb
31 BMAbound: Wow Arrow, that's quite an undertaking. There's a similar "thing you gotta do" in Sweden called Kungsleden (King's trail) which stretches from the "so
32 Tbar220: Arrow, Very impressive, that's quite a goal you've got set out, and even more impressive that you're doing it! No offense to you, but at that age it i
33 Arrow: Tbar -- No offence taken. We thought about letting our grown kids join us (they're in their 20s), but they'd slow us down too much. No stamina. Maybe