February 7, 2013
Yes. Was actually incorrectly schooled on uphill vs. downhill right-of-way when I was a kid - my parents always told me that downhill had RoW since they had more momentum. It never occurred to me that it's way harder for someone going uphill to restart than vice versa.
5 or 6 - I know my way around the trail, but I'm pretty out of shape.
I struggled mightily climbing the rockfall from Barclay Lake up to the meadows before Eagle Lake. Climbing up Old Snowy Mountain in the Goat Rocks was rough as well, especially since it's above 7k'. Already have dates set for the Wonderland Trail this summer.
None. I'm game for whatever, although I might be the last one up.
I've been a hiker and backpacker since I was a little kid (mostly backpacking with my parents), then skipped about 13 years and started day hiking and backpacking again last year.