Doug C.

Location:

Las Vegas, NV
Hometown: Boston

Member since:

March 29, 2007

What is the most difficult hike you have ever done?

Hiking the ten miles+ out from Havasupai Falls uphill on loose gravel on a hot afternoon with a full pack and bleeding blisters. Fun! The last mile is more or less straight up the canyon wall via a series of well worn, steep-stepped switchbacks. Tired, out of water, and at the hottest time of the day really made it an ass kicker. There ought to be a t-shirt for that.

How did you get started hiking, or what has gotten you back in to it?

I used to go out in the woods and trek through swamps alone or with my brother a lot as a kid and rediscovered why when I joined the now defunct (thanks to meetup!) Las Vegas Trailblazers. I needed to reconnect. Nothing is more nourishing for me than getting back to my roots laid solidly in nature. It just feels right. Meetup has provided that and a whole lot more.

Where is the most scenic place you've ever hiked or camped?

Ooh, let me see...Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Death Valley, the high mountain trails of Mammoth Lakes-all have their own beauty. However, Havasupai surpasses them all. God's country for sure.

Where would you most like the group to go on an outing?

Pretty much anywhere -especially a place I haven't yet been. I must say though, going to a place with lots of greenery is preferred!

Why are you joining VegasHikers?

For me there are two types of hiking- with a group and going solo. Each has their own merits that I truly love. The former is why I joined, the latter, well...there's often praying involved.

Introduction

Hi! I have lived here 30 yrs. and just love it out west. Las Vegas is central to myriad outdoor recreational opportunities from beaches to mountain tops, to lakes, forests, rivers, and the vast deserts and I visit them often in all their splendor.

What Doug C. is saying about this Meetup Group

Great way to reconnect with nature and perhaps sort out all that crap in your head while you're at it..


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