Those two phrases are wonderful! Am now going to incorporate those into my hiking lingo (giving credit to Roach, of course).
Originally Posted by krummholz
Yes, Ed Hawkins in quite an inspiration. I've never met him, but I hope to someday. I hope to one day be able to do what he's doing, perhaps when both girls have left for college (I'll have major empty nest syndrome, I'll need something to take my mind off their absence anyway).
Originally Posted by mtruman
I love that he didn't even start hiking until his late 40s. I love that hiking is something anyone of any age can do. Gives me hope that I can get into and stay in premium physical shape, even into my 40s and 50s and 60s and 70s and beyond (I'm 38 now).
Yes, it is encouraging that there are as many serious hikers as there are out there in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond. If my knees and other sometimes creaky and painful joints don't get much worse than they are now in my 50s I'll hopefully be among them. I didn't start hiking until about the age that Ed did. He got a bit of a jump on me however and did more in his first year or two than I may do in the rest of my life (which is OK). The good part is that the more I hike (and even just walk) the better those achy joints seem to feel. Hope that's always the case...
Originally Posted by TrishandAlex