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Fri Jan 30, 2004 7:07 am

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.

stupid sign....



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.  Smile
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Fri Jan 30, 2004 7:12 am

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.

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Fri Jan 30, 2004 7:49 am

I've been on parts of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania.



Which was in preparation for an 80 mile, 14 day trek through Philmont Park, New Mexico, a gigantic plot of land owned by the Boy Scouts of America.



We hiked up Baldy Mountain, elevation 12,441:



I have also hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and spent a few nights at Phantom Ranch. Quite an experience.







I've hiked over 250 miles in the boots I'm wearing right now!

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Fri Jan 30, 2004 9:24 am

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  Smile
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Fri Jan 30, 2004 9:32 am

My last serious hike was the "3 peaks", in the UK...
I don't want to bore you all with more scenery, so here's a different view  Big grin

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Fri Jan 30, 2004 9:37 am

Bobraynor,

Do you have any pictures of the "3 peaks"? I'm curious to see them, scenery is always nice to see!
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Fri Jan 30, 2004 9:45 am

For some reason my pictures didn't show up. I guess I typed it wrong. Can someone clarify how to put pictures in posts so I can go back and fix it? Thanks.

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Fri Jan 30, 2004 10:13 am

Goboeing,

If you want to post a picture, you need to type:

(img src="http://blah blah blah etc. etc. etc.")

All you need to do is replace the ( ) with < >.

Inside the quotation marks you put the URL of the .jpg or .gif that you want to post. I'd like to see your pictures.
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Fri Jan 30, 2004 10:43 am

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!

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Fri Jan 30, 2004 11:26 am

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.

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Fri Jan 30, 2004 11:51 am

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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Fri Jan 30, 2004 12:16 pm

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.......
 
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Fri Jan 30, 2004 1:26 pm

Nonrev...

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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Fri Jan 30, 2004 7:15 pm

What about Mount Washington? That's got to be a pretty tough hike as well.
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Sat Jan 31, 2004 12:53 am

Bobrayner,
Is that Cyclopes rucksack?
I want one..
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Sat Jan 31, 2004 3:34 am

Bobrayner,
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.
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Sat Jan 31, 2004 6:55 am

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.

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Sat Jan 31, 2004 7:48 am

USAFHummer,

I also currently have 5 in this order:

WA-Mt Rainier (climbed back in 1992 with RMI guides)
TX-Guadalupe Peak
NE-Panorama Point--the America'sroof site gives good directions
AR-Mt. Magazine
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?
 
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Sat Jan 31, 2004 9:05 am

Tom,

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.





Simply stunning!

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Sat Jan 31, 2004 9:31 am

I think I'll use this opportunity to cheaply plug a webpage I made about my highpointing experiences:


Hopefully Ill get the Rainier failure story on there this weekend...

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Sat Jan 31, 2004 11:16 am

USAFHummer:
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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Sat Jan 31, 2004 11:25 am

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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Sat Jan 31, 2004 3:11 pm

Does Elbert require any rock climbing experience?
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Sat Jan 31, 2004 3:16 pm

Nope...its a simple hike up a ridge-line...straight up Class 1 all the way according to my guidebooks...

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Sun Feb 01, 2004 9:33 am

Bobrayner,

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)..

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Sun Feb 01, 2004 9:10 pm

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 been in the Scandinavian mountains between Sweden and Norway, by some people referred to as the last true European wilderness. Don't know if it's true, but it's possible to walk for 2 weeks only seeing moose and reindeer. The mountains in Scandinavia are very different from the ones in the Rockies, hard to explain why but check out a few pictures and you'll understand.

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Mon Feb 02, 2004 5:43 am

BMA,

Could you provide some links of good pictures of the Scandinavian mountains? Do you have any of your own we could see? Interested.
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Mon Feb 02, 2004 6:29 am

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 over a weekend (or the occassional 3-day weekend) and did a few hikes on some other trails in North Georgia and Southwest Tennessee. Quit going as it was hard to get any weekends off from work. I would not mind starting again, as my current job has me off on weekends, but it would take me a few months to get back into shape, plus I'd have to buy some new equipment (I sold most of mine off a few years back).
 
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Mon Feb 02, 2004 4:44 pm

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 pics, I can tell you how to get there. First, go to www.kebnekaise.nu, there, you will see a pic of a mountain and then a Swedish flag where it says "På svenska", press it. After you've done that, go to Fotoalbum on the left side. You'll now be able to choose between a lot of nice pics.

sorry, kinda short on time, and I really stink at computers, could've probably provided you with a link...  Big grin

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Mon Feb 02, 2004 4:59 pm

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 switchback. Great views at the top. took 7.5 hours going up, and oddly enough for some reason only about 2.5 hours coming down. Of course I came down so rapidly that when I got to the bottom my head and stomach hurt like hell.

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Tue Feb 03, 2004 1:57 am

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 climbing in the Rockies years ago.

BUT -- we're in the middle of a project with some friends (two couples) right now. Plan is to hike the Great Divide from US/Canada border to the northern border of Jasper National Park -- distance of about 1200 km. So far, we've completed three pieces totalling 240 km: Kananaskis Lakes to Kootenay Park -- about 110 km in 7 days, over 6 passes with elevation gain/loss of 2000-3000 ft per pass; The Rockwall from Kootenay Park out to Trans Canada highway just west of Field -- about 90 kilometers in 6 days and 4 passes; and Brazeau Lakes -- an 80 km loop on the border between Banff and Jasper Parks.

We were scheduled to do the southern-most piece from Waterton Park/Glacier Park up to the Crowsnest Pass last summer -- but the forest fires were so bad we had to cancel -- so we'll do that piece (another 150 or so km) this summer over 10 days. I want this finished before I hit 65!

This is all expedition-type hiking, with packs that start out at 40+ pounds and get lighter as you eat the food -- sometimes more quickly than you planned! There is significant elevation gain just about every day, with mtn passes that range between 2000 and 2600 meters. Plan on hiking at least 15km a day on average (we did 20km a day on the first trip -- but that damn-near killed us all, so we've scaled back since then. We're all in our 50s or 60s.)

Weather can range from hot and sunny to blizzard conditions; take clothing for both. Not all the river crossings have bridges. And yes, there's lots of grizzly bears to watch out for (we've had NO encounters so far -- knock on wood). Worse threat than bears -- horseflies.

We're hiking in the most spectacular scenery in the world.
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Tue Feb 03, 2004 5:03 am

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 "southern north" of Sweden to the faaaar north. Don't know the exact distance, it's probably around 700 km. Any Scandinavians here that know how far it is? That's one thing I gotta do before I eat dirt...

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Tue Feb 03, 2004 9:53 am

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 is even more impressive. Kudos to you.
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Tue Feb 03, 2004 2:46 pm

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 when they are a little older, and fitter ...
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