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Albuquerque, NM

Member since:

March 1, 2012


The pack I usually carry is a (brand/model)?

My old "Wilderness Experience" pack lasted for several trips thru several continents, but new pack techology has really added some comfort since my first pack was made. The pack l use now is an Osprey /Aether 85. If you travel internationally with a pack then l suggest you take a huge ripstop nylon stuffsack to put the whole pack into before checking it on planes. Always sinch straps to prevent conveyer belts from attracting them and destroying your pack. l learnt that the hard way when l left Australia at 19 years of age.

I enjoy backpacking because?

Lots of down to earth folk meet on the slopes with a shared love for the peace and tranquility of nature. One can't beat sleeping under the stars at 10,000 feet after a day of hiking in god's country. It's a spiritual experience, that all must witness in this precious human life. I love cooking on an open fire, by alpine lakes with no mosquitos, lurking grissly's and a hot chocolate before snuggling into a well lofted sleeping bag and my down jacket stuffed into a clean silk t-shirt for a pillow.

I consider myself a (beginner, intermediate or advanced) backpacker?

I'd say intermediate, since 5-7 day trips under 13,000 ft is hardly advanced, without ever using crampons or other technical gear. Walked for a month in Nepal , away from the buzz of civilization, that was breathtakingly beautiful.

My favorite place to backpack & hike in NM is?

I loved the Gila, out of Willow ck to the middle fork of the Gila. Also up the west fork from the Cliff dwellings. Then too, the Jemez & Pecos wilderness, Truchas peaks etc. Hiking just around the Sandias is great and easy to access. I love canyon and creek hikes when its hot and water is running.

My favorite piece of gear is?

No answer yet


Now that l 've replaced my worn gear of 32 yrs, it's time for another adventure. I've backpacked in Australia, Europe, Himalayas, Sierra's CA, Rocky's CO, WY, MT & NM has as much magic in the wild as many of these terrific destinations.

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