I am an active, very healthy 64 year old man who loves to backpack at a
slow easy pace (9 miles a day average, with the first week averaging 7
miles a day) in the High Sierras in Central California (near Nevada) hiking
for a single 3-4 week period per year (otherwise my hikes are predominantly day hikes), enjoying resupplies about every 4 days, hiking
lightweight (total gear/food weight under 25 lbs), and training for such
hikes off-season in the nearby mountain trails. On my hikes I
encounter numerous senior citizens hiking, including a 83 year old lady
and a 84 year old man. It's a great relaxing and exciting way to stay
fit in your senior years.
Lifetime Member, Sierra Club
, Adirondack Mountain Club
Lifetime Aspirant, Catskill 3500 Club
2011-2013 Moderator, John Muir Trail Yahoo Group
*, Tahoe Rim Trail Association
, Superior Hiking Trail Association
*. (*Aspirant Membership Dues paid, not fully hiked.)
Completed 4 full through hikes (each) of the John Muir Trail
(JMT) and 1 full through hike of the High Sierra Trail
Completed 150+ mile hikes in each hike in the High Sierras 6 times since 2008
Have done multi-day hiking (remote camping overnight) in the High Sierras for the last 14 years
(My first long hike was a 17 day hike in Yosemite in 1971.)
Live currently in Reno, Nevada (before that: an Albany New York suburb and Twin Cities, Minnesota).
For work (I am not yet retired), I am employed full time as a senior database programmer/system analyst with a major healthcare insurance company.
My interest include, besides backpacking, healthy living, small homes, ballroom dancing and audiobooks. See my links for more information.
My latest reading recommendations are The FastDiet
by Dr. Michael Mosley and Grain Brain
by Dr. David Perlmutter.
Watch the best short video of the JMT, called Almost There - The Muir Project
. The JMT is consistently rated the number one remote wilderness trail in the world.