May 2, 2012
I did some minimal hiking in New England when I was in college and shortly after. I really started getting into it when I left and I have hiked in many different places in the world. I was a volunteer guide in the Andes of Bolivia which was a great experience. This past year I have been getting into more winter hiking which I really enjoyed. I like to get out of the city 2 weekends a month sometimes 3 and I mostly go to NH.
My favorite is a 3 to 4 day backpack. It's long enough to really get away from everything and to enjoy being outdoors while short enough where you don't have to worry about food drops or other logistical issues.
Enjoy being outdoors, build/maintain physical and mental backpacking/hiking skills for extended trips in the future.
Volcan Uturuncu in Bolivia, at 6,000 meters the air was really thin and we were poorly prepared. We hiked through knee deep snow in leather boots for 7 hours to summit. I always say it was one of the best day of my life though (my girlfriend says it was one of the worst days of hers haha). With what I've learned about winter hiking equipment since I'd love to go back and do it again.
Definitley, I hope to co-lead a few trips this summer and to eventually lead my own trips.