December 8, 2008
I don't care much for numbers but the hardest and highest was a single day 5000ft up/down of Champagne Castle @3377m (11000ft) in the Drakensberg, South Africa. The longest hike was an 8 day loop with an average of 11miles p day.
The blissful, silent understanding of a fellow hiker when you reach your goal, whatever that may be.
SA essentially only has 2 seasons & even in winter it is hardly cold. My most "extreme" were however both weather related: 120F heat in Namibia & lightning storm in the Drakensberg. Have most gen gear, slowly acquiring the winter hiking necessities.
Possible complete all the NH highest over the next 2 yrs, then work on being able to do the same in winter. Also look forward to going to the Rockies! I however care more about the experience than the completion of a 'check list'.
In order of preference... Sunday Saturday Thursday
I moved to Boston 2yrs ago, from South Africa. Apologies to those whom I told that we don't get snow in SA - the Drakensberg Mtns (Dragon Mtns) does get a little snow in winter (my dad was embarrased on my part for getting the facts wrong :)