[pct-l] JMT Yo-Yo & Karen's Hero....correction
reinholdmetzger at cox.net
Thu Apr 14 18:20:40 CDT 2016
I am glad you are having a good time.
The list is a great place for present & future PCT hikers.
Switchback is the "Spark Plug" on the list.
Forget about running out of warranty.
If our warranty expires at age 40, I ran out of warranty 35 years ago and
regardless of all the injuries, am still firing on all 8 cylinders.
BTW..CORRECTION to my below post..I meant to say that I have been hiking
for 52 years including 4 years in the USMC, 48 years with my wife and 30
years with the Boy Scouts.
And yes,...life is to short to be boring.
That's why Switchback and I try to inject some humor into the list to relax
and loosen up the herd.
It's not good for them to always be overly tense & nervous.
Your happy go lucky, never tense or nervous trail companion
I'm having the best time reading these posts and soaking in the wit and
wisdom of you experienced PCTers.
You all seem like such a fun and helpful group.
I can't wait to get out there next season for my first section hike.
Hopefully I will have the pleasure of meeting some of you in person!
Get well soon Switchback! My warranty ran out last year when I turned 40
so I'm getting a taste of the betrayal! Et tú Brute??!
Life is too short to be boring though so let's keep doing adventurous crap,
even if it's slow and/or painful!!
Better than sitting in a chair watching tv!!
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>/On Apr 12, 2016, at 10:38 PM, Reinhold Metzger <reinholdmetzger at
cox.net <http://mailman.backcountry.net/mailman/listinfo/pct-l>> wrote: />//>/Switchback, />/GET BETTER SOON...the "Newbies" need crusty "Old Timers" like you to />/show them the way. />//>/OK guys,...wish Switchback a speedy recovery. />//>/I had my share of hiking and skiing injuries..reconstructive shoulder />/surgery on my left shoulder from a high speed skiing crash, surgery />/on my right shoulder also from a high speed skiing crash, ruptured />/disk from a bad fall in the Grand Canyon, surgery on my right knee, />/probably the result of to many miles with a heavy pack....4 years in />/the USMC Infantry, where backpacking is a way of life, not a hobby, />/as a Bazooka Gunner hauling ungodly heavy packs with heavy weapons />/and extra ammo strapped on our packs and 30 yrs of hiking with Karen />/(my wife) and the Scouts as a "High Adventure Leader" hauling a 55 to />/65 lb pack to make the packs of the scouts & my wife lighter. />//>/I remember my first Whitney hike in 1968..I was a recently discharged />/USMC Grunt (Infantry) used to hauling heavy loads and it went against />/my grain to burden my recent bride with a pack, so everything went />/into "ONE" monster pack on my back. />/I also had to carry "Shatzy" our miniature Dachshund most of the way. />/But, with Karen "coooooing" into my ear "REINHOLD,...YOU ARE MY HERO" />/made it all worth it...that is all I ever wanted to be "KAREN'S HERO". />/Of course, I was Shatzy's Hero also. />//>/I also remember my first JMT "Thru-Hike" with the Scouts in 1996 />/hauling an 85 lb pack. />//>/However, a few years later, on my Solo Unsupported JMT" speed hikes I />/was UL to the extreme...the pack with all the gear,...tent, sleeping />/bag, cold weather gear, rain gear, first aide kit, emergency kit, water />/purification, map & compass and yes,..Potty Trowel, whistle, etc., all />/the food for the "Thru-Hike" and 2 liters water, weight only 22 lb. />//>/As you can see, I hike on both sides of the fence...."Heavy Trucker" />/with my wife and the Scouts...."UL" on my solo speed hikes. />//>/So, as you can see Switchback, I also had my share of injuries. />/But we old timers, we can take a licking and just keep on ticking. />/They don't make'm like us anymore...they just don't make'm out of the />/same metal anymore. />//>/As far as you doing a 4 day JMT Yo-Yo?...Unless you got some super />/knee replacements, I would not recommend it Switchback. />/Now, if you can convince Mrs. Switchback to carry your pack for you, />/a 4 day JMT Yo-Yo might be possible. />//>/Again, get well soon Switchback, the "List" and the "Thru-Hiking" />/community needs crusty "Old Timers" like you. />//>/BTW Switchback...my time for the JMT was 5 days 10 hrs in 2003 and />/5 days 7 hrs in 2004,...not just over 4 days. />/But that was when I was still a young 62 & 63...I don't know if I />/could still do that now at 75. />//>/JMT Reinhold />/Karen's & Shatzy's Hero />/............................ />//>/Switchback wrote: />/After my double knee replacement a few months ago, I plan to be back on />/the trail. />/I am walking a half mile every day on a dirt trail near my house and then />/to the indoor pool. />/Snow Bunny did the 211 mile JMT in just over 4-days, when he was younger. />/I will easily break that old record, when I get back out there. />/In fact, I think I will yo-yo the JMT in 4-days just to make it
interesting. />/No problem. /<http://mailman.backcountry.net/mailman/listinfo/pct-l>
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