September 13, 2012
Pretty experienced. Plot out a lot of -off-the-book hikes. New England hikes, small and large. I probably get out every week or two in the summer, much less in the fall :( Favorite places include remote areas, Maine AT including Kathadin, Western Whites. Not doing back packing any more; I need a real bed!
Exploring. Don't like to do the same trails over and over again. Any trail that does not have loads of people. Bushwhacking, exploring abandoned trails. Mapping trips and navigating by compass. When push comes to shove, I'll hike anywhere. I stop and "smell the roses" a lot.
I'm past the goal stage. I like exploring new areas, being anywhere in the mountains. I'm happy and comfortable on any level trail, but need to squeeze my exercise in it. Last goal: Stay out of the gym.
Mental challenges are the most interesting to me. Hiking Jefferson in 50-70mph winds last Saturday. Great for team-building, good judgement and knowing when to turn back (didn't). Second, Mt. Katahadin in winds, rain and 10 foot visibility.
Yeah. Two x trips in the over 50 group. I'd be interested in leading hikes if we could throttle the hikes and attract a patient group willing to encourage and help an intermediate hiker who wants a greater challenge. It's not a race to the top. Let's linger.
Long time NE hiker. My DNA draws me to the woods. Looking for strenuous yet moderate pace (1.5x book time).