No more backpacking! What next?

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Re: No more backpacking! What next?

Post by bobby49 » Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:31 am

On one summer, I met Grandma Whitney. I was descending from the summit of Mount Whitney, and she and her family were ascending at about 13,500'. She was 89 years old at the time, and that was her 22nd time to bag the peak.

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Re: No more backpacking! What next?

Post by Bad Man From Bodie » Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:35 am

My father-in-law, who is pushing 70, has this new saying....”don’t let the old man in” or woman as it goes for his wife. My kids are always reminding them to not let the old man in. For now, we will go into the mountains until that time comes when we are no longer able. I am haunted by this thread. I vividly remember when my great grandfather and then my grandfather could no longer make the trips to our sacred lakes. As the years passed, I would find myself drawn more spiritually into to the wilderness of my ancestors. It was they who planted the goldens and built the trails in the Sierra, and my privilege to have been born into a family with such deep Eastern Sierra roots. The old man eventually came, and my grandfather was no longer able to make it into the high country. It never left him or his spirit. He was always drawn to the mountains until he passed. He would get excited to see my photos and hear stories about my trips into the golden lakes he loved so much. I would always make an effort to pack a mess of goldens out for him and my grandmother would fry them up for us just like the old days. I am haunted and blessed to have such wonderful memories. When it was close to his last call, I remember making the trek to French Canyon, caught a limit of nice size fish from Puppet, filleted and packed them in snow, and made the trek down. He always relished this little tradition and the fish I would bring him. When the old man came in, I could see he was delighted to know he had passed his wilderness to his grandkids and then later to his great grandkids. When the day comes that I meet the old man in me and am no longer able, I can only hope my grandkids will also make the trek into our sacred mountain wilderness to bring be back some golden trout. So that I too may reminisce about those days soaking up the high Sierra. Until then.....I don’t plan to let the old man in, I’ve got traditions and many miles of trails left to pass along time my sons.

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Re: No more backpacking! What next?

Post by wildhiker » Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:56 pm

Bad Man from Bodie - what a beautiful post! Thank you.
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Re: No more backpacking! What next?

Post by MountainMinstrel » Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:31 am

When I got sick with an autoimmune disease last year, I was faced with the reality that my backpacking days might be over. For me the "what next" was to take my Tacoma and get out in the woods. It was certainly not the same as backpacking but it at least got me out there.

Thankfully, the meds have gotten the retroperitoneal fibrosis under control and tomorrow I will be spending my first night backpacking in nearly 2 years.
Just an old musician who loves the Mountains.

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Re: No more backpacking! What next?

Post by balzaccom » Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:20 pm

Excellent. Hope you have a wonderful time.
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Re: No more backpacking! What next?

Post by cgundersen » Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:49 pm

Hey Mav, I'm with oldranger. He said it first and said it best. Die with the boots on! Cameron

That failing, living it vicariously on HST might get me through the day?

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Re: No more backpacking! What next?

Post by dave54 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:08 pm

bobby49 wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:31 am
On one summer, I met Grandma Whitney. I was descending from the summit of Mount Whitney, and she and her family were ascending at about 13,500'. She was 89 years old at the time, and that was her 22nd time to bag the peak.

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I ran across a guy a few years back who was solo backpacking into the Caribou Wilderness for some backcountry fishing. He said he was 92. No way of knowing if he was truthful about his age, but he looked it.
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