August 10, 2013
Anything that will get me away from man made walls.
I would say a solid intermediate. I have done several summits in Spain (Pyrinees in the winter), also in Portugal, Romenia and France (French Alps). All this included backpacking, climbing, and hiking.
Being at the French Alps was the best experience so far. The 3 of us got to the top of Aguille du Tour (11,620 feet high). The weather did not alow us to reach Mont Blanc.
I have started the 4000 Footers in New Hampshire. The big project would be Denali in 4 to 6 years from now. This has been on top of my bucket list for a couple of years. In between I hope to go to the Smokey Mountains and Shenandoah.
While backpacking in the Retezat National Park in Romenia, one night we were camping next to one of the lakes and a thunderstorm rose. All night long lightning was around us and water running under our tents. There was nowhere else to go. There was no phone reception, only 4 of us and 2 tents. We had to wait untill the morning and hope for better weather. This was one of 7 nights spent there. We were 4 friends backpacking around the National Park. We stayed in 2 base camps, and did some peaks in the area. It was a true backpacking experience.
I love the being surrounded by Nature. I am from Portugal. I have had the chance to travel around Europe, and now exploring the wonders of North America.