Anyone Else Here A Hiker, Backpacker, Or Power Walker?

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  1. William Lofton

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    I started walking 4 years ago because I built a trail beside the creek that runs the length of my property and decided to do a half marathon(13.1miles)...wow... I am a course photographer at many marathons in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states, and after shooting them for years, I figured why not. I was a pack a day smoker...It was an undertaking. I looked at the times of the participants in other marathons, that had finished in the middle of the pack, and that's where I should be. Under 4 hours. So I started walking and at least every third day. I was out there, no matter the weather. I started in May and the marathon happened in September.. Did it! That all brings me to hiking. I have a goal and I am close. I want to hike the Appalachian trail where it starts in Georgia at Springer Mountain and hike( in sections) to the North Carolina line. That is 72ish miles. Got about 52 already done. So... anybody out there? that hikes, backpacks, or powerwalk. BTW I am 68 years young...
     
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    The Appalachian Trail ends near Millinocket, Maine, where I live. I haven't done much hiking this year, but I do enjoy hiking and camping in the woods and have done quite a bit of that. However, I don't do power walking or marathons, and I get bored hiking along the road or on graded hiking trails. Besides, if you try hiking along the road here, people will keep stopping to see if you need a ride and then look at you like you're some weirdo when you tell them you're going for a walk.

    I have wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail, but I don't see that long of a thru-hike in my future. I have hiked parts of it and may eventually try the 100-mile Wilderness, the part of the AT in Maine that people say is the most difficult.
     
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    All of that is out for us! I had a hip replacement in Oct 2005 and two (one on each shoulder) rotator cuff surgeries. Our idea of camping today is staying at the Hilton or Holiday Inn Express. My wife owned some camping gear that we used in 2004 for a boat/lake overnight camping trip with a group of Colorado fishermen. One night on the ground and that's all it took for both of us to say "no more".

    Give us a horse and tack and we might hit a trail on horseback. Even though it's been some 22 years, I still think I can ride. I know, without a doubt, I could saddle and bridle a horse up.
     
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    When younger I hiked a lot and loved exploring and going to places few ever bothered to visit, mostly involving a long climb into higher terrain and did so alone. I never worried about injury or anything else, but now I would be afraid of a health emergency being off by myself.

    I was also a runner mostly doing 10Ks. I tried a half marathon once and it took nearly two hours but never did another. It was tantamount to self abuse I thought. At a 10K you could actually compete with others in your age group so you could potentially get a trophy or ribbon.
     
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  5. William Lofton

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    I only day hike
     
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    I have been a hiker. Most of my family are/were runners. I tried it but didn't get the thrill. To hike at any speed, now, I need two canes. I did pretty well at the Minneapolis 50's auto show last weekend.;)
    The show was amazing. Largest in the world, I was told.
    I have a farm and can hike there.
     
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    I was a hiker/backpacker when I was younger. Like many here, I can no longer go for long hikes, especially with a pack on my back. I had a large dog and he also carried a pack with all his stuff in it.
     
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    I am 68 y/o start walking 15 minutes at an easy pace. Then 2 days later walk 20 minutes at an easy pace and so on... I was a pack a day smoker...
     
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    Good afternoon to all-
    Well, I'm more of a walker than a hiker. By that I mean that I walk deliberately and carefully to see what's on the ground- or mostly in our case now, the sandy beach- before us. Give us a deserted beach and decent weather and we walk a LLOOONNGG way in a morning's effort.
    We did some high country walking when we were in Arizona in 2020, and I can assure you all, altitude does make a difference when you're walking at a pace. We would walk a bit, then stop and rest a bit, and then walk a bit more.
    I hope you get to do the App Trail- that is some fine country from the South to the North and all in between. Watch out for early spring bears- they are hungry when they wake up.

    you all be safe and keep well- Ed
     
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    I am having so much trouble with mosquitoes, I think I will skip it this year.:rolleyes:
     
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