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John B.



Vallejo, CA
Hometown: Richmond, CA

Member since:

September 6, 2013

What is your experience level with hiking? With backpacking? Rock climbing?

Did the Half Dome hike (20 mi. round-trip, 5000' elevation gain) in one day, with no conditioning beforehand, at age 45. At 56, not sure I could do that now. Backpacking trips of up to 2 weeks when I was younger.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you'd like to get out of this group.

I joined a mindful hiking group recently, as I've been on SF Hiking Club trips that are run like a stint at the gym. I had to sell Land I had owned for 19 years and was very intimate with. It tore me up. My dad took me there when I was 7; its in the ponderosa pine/black oak belt near Chico. I have many pics. For a year I've been in mourning and have not even been able to go into the backwoods.

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Do you agree that while we maintain strict safety protocols that injuries may occur and all members are personally responsible for their own safety?


Do you understand that the majority of our members are gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer? We welcome straight members too, and it's important that all members are supportive and encouraging of diversity.

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I'm a landscape contractor/writer who has been intimate with the backwoods of CA since I was 3. Redneck ancestry. Serious spiritual experience (mostly in the backwoods), and know how the Original People ("wild Indians") lived here.

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