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Re: Furthest Hike you've Taken #146721 06/18/03 09:23 PM
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My hiking stories are small. I hiked a lot on the Appalachian Trail with my family when I was young, because we lived in South Central Pennsylvania. It was me, two younger siblings, my parents, and a dog, so we didn't get very far in one day. I don't know how many miles it was, but a day's worth of hiking, minus rests/food breaks. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I also hiked in Colorado in a suburb of Denver with my friend for about two hours, at a national park, and along a trail by the gorge near Portland Oregon. Small accomplishments, but fun hikes all the same!

Re: Furthest Hike you've Taken #146722 06/20/03 07:55 AM
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Wow, cool hikes, Anita. Even short trips can be very memorable.

What was the Appalachian trail like in your area?

Re: Furthest Hike you've Taken #146723 06/22/03 11:13 PM
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It was a fairly easy hike, with a big wide path and not too many hills. Mostly we passed other families, or old men with dogs, so I believe it was an easier section than some of the rest of it. It of course was very pretty as well. There were lots of places on the side to rest and rocks to climb on when we got bored. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I was a child and a young teenager then, so very active. Right now if I tried it, I might find it a bit harder, but I remember it as a very relaxing, fun, family hike area. We usually hiked the Southern Pennsylvania and Maryland part of it. Although my brother and father went on week-long or longer hikes with father/son groups at church and they made it much much farther South.

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That's pretty cool. I've never hiked the AT, but I have done sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, which is spectacular.

There are other thru trails in the works, like the Colorado Trail and and the Arizona Trail, which are always being improved and finding more hikers each year.

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My furthest hike was up the Barr camp Trail in Colorado. You start in Manitou Springs and end up at the top of Pikes Peak. That was probably the most gruelling because of the altitude changes.... but another "hike" I went on was in Basic Training....we hiked out to our FTX location carrying our 50lb rucks and a 40lb weapon...I also had to lugg along the ammo(all blanks of course) for the M60 machine gun...my buddy and I were in charge of it...I carried the ammo and my own M16, and she carried the M60 which weighed about 75lbs....that was a tough one. At least going to Pikes Peak I was in shorts and a Tshirt...untill we got to the top...but in the Army, we were in full BDU with sleeves down and kevlar helmets on....try that one!!! <img src="/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> eek <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

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Yikes! You win!!!! :rolling: That sounds crazy - how did you even move under 100+ pounds of gear and clothing? When I worked up in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, there were times I had to hump along my pack, a canoe, paddles and lifevests all at once, so about 100 pounds there, but only for - maximum at a time - a mile or two length portage. And most portages were much, much shorter than that. I think the military must adhere to the maxim: "what doesn't kill you will make you strong."

I've never hikes Pikes Peak, although I've enjoyed the peaks in the Red Lakes District above Boulder very much. Audoban (sp?) Peak was my favorite. Diamond Peak was nice too. Colorado really has some outstanding mountains, but I have to say my favorite mountains are the Sierras.

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Hahaha!!! Yeah, it was rough but ya just do it. By that time your so used to hiking and marcing and carrying stuff ya just go for it.

"what doesn't kill you will make you strong."
That really is their policy.

Yes, Colorado has great mountain parks for hiking....and there are some spaectactualr sotes for "off the beaten path" stuff if you know what I mean.

Do you mean the California Sierras?...

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Yeah, the California Sierras. I used to work in King's Canyon National Park, running cave tours at Boyden Caverns. On my weekends I'd see how far I could get OUT THERE in two and a half days. I love the whole area. The mountains are much younger and steeper than the Rockies and Appalachians, so it feels like being in a younger and fresher world. And the peaks are less like 'parties' on the top - chances are you'll have a whole peak to yourself.

HEY, EVERYONE - Happy Independance Day!

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My longest hike was in 2002 - 500 miles across the Pyrenees mountains in Southern France. The GR10 trail runs from the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean along the border between France and Spain. The walk took 41 days, carrying all our food and camping wild every night. The experience was so incredible that I am now living in the Pyrenees running my own walking holidays: www.mountainbug.com

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