First post in a while

11:04 a.m. on April 3, 2019 (EDT)
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Hello all.  It has been nearly ten years since I have posted on this forum.  Not sure why the absence, vicissitudes of life I guess.  I’ll be looking in here regularly from now on.  

Anyway, I’m a guy in his early 80’s, still backpacking but slower week by week.  My last long walk was the JMT in 2014; I was 76 that year.  I live in a rural part of SE Arizona and can get out pretty much year-around but prefer warmer weather now.  

I’ve started a blog on the subject of backpacking in one’s mature years.  It is a bit eclectic but the intent is to share experiences of hiking in our later years.  Anyone who might be interested can see it at 

1:30 p.m. on April 3, 2019 (EDT)
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Hey Pika, 

Welcome back.  Good to hear your still on the trail.

Here is a recent thread, which is still open, kinda dealing with the subject of your blog.

1:40 a.m. on April 4, 2019 (EDT)
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Hi Pika

Nice to see your name on s post again.  I bet you've got some interestinn ideas for winter hiking...

5:09 a.m. on April 4, 2019 (EDT)
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Welcome back pika....This is so interesting to hear from backpackers who are much older than I....It gives me a challenge to be a rolling stone for the rest of my life rather than a couch potato....

6:46 a.m. on April 5, 2019 (EDT)
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Welcome back Pika. One of us might have followed the other on the JMT in 2014. I was semi-leader of a two-family group that stated on July 15 and finished 24 days later. Also, I though I have resettled in Norway, I recently spent a full year in Tucson, and have posted a few trip reports from around the region. I'm just a young pup compared to you, but I hope to still be hitting the trails when I reach your age. Lead on!

9:05 a.m. on April 8, 2019 (EDT)
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Welcome back, Pika!

We're glad to have you here to share your stories and experiences.


2:10 a.m. on May 6, 2019 (EDT)
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Welcome back! Looks like your blog has some interesting topics.

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