Grand Junction, COUSA
Hometown: Grand Junction
June 17, 2012
Everything I own is REI brand. I pack light usually 25 pounds with food, and water for four days. But I share so much with my husband Dave its what makes a trip a little lighter.
The freedom that comes from exploring amazing places that my own two feet can take me. We have everything we need to keep us safe and happy on our backs. It is such an exhilarating feeling to be so independent from city life and see these places most office people would only see in an art gallery.
Skill sets for backpacking is advanced. Physical fitness advanced beginner in May June and intermediate in July and August - we go out alot since we are retired! But what you really want to hear is that I hike one mile an hour plus another hour for every 1,000 feet max 2,000 daily climb. On an average rocky trail. Consider myself a slow hiker, short legs, small stride and a camara in my hand ! My 8-10 hour a day trip gives me about 6-8 miles or so here.
Visited many places in NM but did not backpack any of them. I want to stay in touch with the group since I have attended trips as far as Arizona for backpacking, specially when the snow takes a while to melt here in Colorado.
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I moved to Grand Junction Colorado, Winter of[masked] and for the past few years we have been exploring this wonderful area and so many ways by backpacking, hiking, and camping around 100 miles or more from here in every direction.