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    Quote Originally Posted by krummholz View Post
    Yes, Gerry Roach has a great style for a guidebook! I've read his books so many times that certain of his phrases stick in my brain, like "The introduction is over" and "Consider your future"---both phrases he uses to describe a point along a route when you are soon going to be facing much more difficult terrain, and you might want to think carefully about what you are about to embark on.
    Those two phrases are wonderful! Am now going to incorporate those into my hiking lingo (giving credit to Roach, of course).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtruman View Post
    The primary guy that the Globe article was about (Ed Hawkins) was the second person to complete the grid (there are only 8 official completions). He didn't do his first hike (of any kind) until he was 46 years old. Did his first 4K at 47 and this was the start of his first grid. He is now 62 and not only has he done the complete grid TWICE, he has completed almost 3100 NE 4K peaks as of this November. My brain can't even process this. He has done all of the NH 4Ks every year for the last 12 years (and obviously a lot more as well) and he's done them all 50 times!!! Somehow he's also found time to do 43 US highpoints and 45 Colorado 14ers and God knows what else. You have to read his accomplishment list to believe it (or not): http://www.48x12.com/edhawkins.shtml
    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).

    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).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrishandAlex View Post
    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).

    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...
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