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Postby maverick » Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:15 pm

Hi Don,

Welcome to HST!

I'm also really considering going to Maverick's 2017 meet up as part of this trip but I'll probably drive to Road's End and hike in from there for an overnighter.

That would be great! :nod:
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Postby JeffEndicott » Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:20 pm

Hi all,

I've been following this website for about a year and am getting ready to post a couple of trip reports, but just wanted to say hi first. Name is Jeff, 33 years old, of the Sacramento area. Love the site and its forums!
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Postby maverick » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:29 am

Hi Jeff,

Welcome to HST! Thanks for your intro TR. :thumbsup:
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination, and where the trail ends is where our adventures begin.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Postby wildcampinggirl » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:19 am

So...I'm an American ex-pat who currently lives in Serbia but plans on doing some backpacking trips in the USA when I visit again. I'm a single mom and have been taking my girl backpackig with me since she was 3. I've got a blog about backpacking and camping with kids - (edit by Admin: promotional linking by new members frowned upon, please read HST Terms & Conditions) Check it out if you want some tips or inspiration about how your life doesn't have to end just because you had kids. ;)
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Postby maverick » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:42 am

Hi Wildcampinggirl,

Welcome to HST! Thanks for including that cool link. :)
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination, and where the trail ends is where our adventures begin.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Postby freebrownies » Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:01 pm

I'm Darren from Utah. What a great resource this website is! By sheer luck I came across HST as I was doing some preliminary planning for a first foray to the Sierra's this summer. We have a tradition of a family backpacking trip each summer...just dad (me) and the older kids. In recent years we've done week long treks in Yellowstone, the Wind Rivers, The West Coast Trail (best ever?), Banff/Assiniboine (ok, maybe this was the best ever), and Glacier NP (though our permit for the northern circuit had to be abandoned...trail closed due to high bear activity. 8-( We also do a lot of shorter trips around Utah. I grew up exploring the backcountry of Utah's national parks, forests, and desert lands (before many of the trails and quotas were established...I promise it wasn't my fault). This summer my 16 yr old daughter and 14 year old son are joining me for the JMT. We can't wait for the snow to melt (if it ever does this year...LOL)! After looking around HST for a couple of days, I already am looking forward to future years when I'm sure we'll be back for some XC adventures. Thanks for providing this resource!
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Postby maverick » Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:56 am

Hi Darren,

Welcome to HST! Looking forward to reading your TR when you complete the JMT this summer with you kids. We also enjoy reading TR's to other places beyond the Sierra in our "Beyond The Sierra Nevada" section. :nod:
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination, and where the trail ends is where our adventures begin.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Postby Dale » Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:15 pm

My name is Dale

My family and I have been camping and day hiking in the Eastern Sierra for many years.

Last year we started backpacking in the goal to hike Mt.Whitney, no luck in lottery, but after checking every day for weeks finally got a permit for August.

The wife and I have were able to do 4 backpacking trips last year, our first over night trip was hiking Mt. San Gorgonio, second trip was a two night trip to Tyee Lake #4 and George lake, then we did two night on Whitney trail to summit Mt. Whitney. the day after Whitney we did a three day trip, starting at South Lake, stayed at Emerald Lake, Hungry Packer Lake and Midnight Lake.

This year planning a 5 to 7 day trip out of Onion Valley threw Kearsarge pass to Sixty lakes area,
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Postby maverick » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:34 pm

Hi Dale,

Welcome to HST! Looking forward to reading some of your TR's. :)
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination, and where the trail ends is where our adventures begin.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Postby Harlen » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:39 am

Hi All,
Just joined this morning, and I really appreciate the map links, the "Mystery Spot" forum, and the contributions of such knowledgeable folk as John Dittli- there is always more to learn about tele gear! As for me, I fled the crowded surf for the quiet mountains about 40 years ago, and never looked back. I've had the great good fortune to explore mountain ranges all over the world, but the time spent with my family in the Sierra has been my ongoing passion. I know the high country from the Kern through the Toulumne pretty well, and am now dead keen to explore it all in the winter! I have a lot to learn about winter travel, gear, and technique, and I reckon the community you have created here may be the answer to a lot of my questions. So thanks for putting it together, and I hope we meet up often - online and in the mountains. Kudos to you all, Harlen.
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Postby maverick » Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:03 pm

Hi Harlen,

Welcome to HST! Looking forward to reading some of you Winter TR's from your previous and future trips. :)
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination, and where the trail ends is where our adventures begin.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Postby Flamingo » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:02 pm

Hi All,

I’ve been a long-time lurker and contributor to HST, but I never formally introduced myself. Many of you know me as user VHSVHS (my initials), but I recently asked Eric to change my username to Flamingo — that’s my trailname in the thru-hiker community.

In 2005, I was thru-hiking the PCT and I critically damaged by illotibial muscle band in the Anza-Borrega desert. I kept hiking through the pain (and the tears), and I would frequently stop to raise my leg for rest. During this time, triple-crown thru-hiker Nitro saw me silhouetted across a canyon with my leg raised, and she thought I looked like a flamingo with a backpack. She called me Flamingo, and the name stuck to this day.

In 2015, I thru-hiked the CDT southbound. It was a deeply profound experience. You can view my trip blog and photos at http://cdt2015.tumblr.com

Having hiked thousands of miles through many different North American wilderness spaces, I think the Sierra has the finest scenery, weather, and trails. I feel extremely lucky to live near these beautiful mountains, and as long as my physical body cooperates I look forward to continuing my relationship with the Range of Light.

I’m planning to see many of you at Maverick’s HST Meetup #4 later this summer. Woot!
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