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buckwheat
05-27-2009, 16:26
The Mile Hike Club has a new member - woo hoo!!!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3414/3571323266_be21977bf0.jpg?v=0

Buckwheat, at the summit of Mt. Lafayette in the Franconia Range, Franconia Notch, NH. This self-portrait was taken 26 May 09.

Eighteen months ago, I could not finish mowing my lawn without stopping to rest, owing to a 35-year pack-a-day smoking habit (total packs = 12,775). Yesterday, I climbed a mile high mountain after kicking that sorry habit cold turkey.

Anyone who says you can't do it is wrong.

Hike Stats
7.86 miles
5,291 feet max elevation
5,560 feet total ascent
10 Hours 3 Minutes total hike time
1.5 Miles Per Hour Moving Average
.8 Miles Per Hour Overall Average
Peaks Bagged: 3
Mt. Lafayette: 5,291 Feet
Mt. Lincoln: 5,089 Feet
Haystack Mountain: 4,800 Feet
Dragons Slayed: 1

Top of the world ma! :banana
(To see the slideshow of my hike, click the link below):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157618867558508/show/

Cheers,
Buckwheat

Chenango
05-27-2009, 16:37
Fantastic!!

10-K
05-27-2009, 16:38
Congratulations on your achievements - that's a big deal!

flemdawg1
05-27-2009, 16:58
5,291 feet max elevation
5,560 feet total ascent
Cheers,
Buckwheat

Did you start in a cave or under the ocean? How is total ascent greater than the elevation?

warraghiyagey
05-27-2009, 17:00
I thought this was gonna be about something else. . . . nice work though. . .:)

bullseye
05-27-2009, 17:08
Oh-tay!:D Nice job, and great shots.

flemdawg1
05-27-2009, 17:24
Nice hike BTW.

Just a Hiker
05-27-2009, 17:30
Congrats on the hike and giving up smoking! I don't smoke, but I chew half a can of Copenhagen a day and I wish I could quit. Take care!

buckwheat
05-27-2009, 17:55
Did you start in a cave or under the ocean? How is total ascent greater than the elevation?

Total ascent accounts for the fact that I went down the side of Mt. Lafayette for some way, and then back up Mt. Lincoln (and so forth as I crossed the ridge of these mountains).

My GPS keeps track of that.

flemdawg1
05-27-2009, 18:03
Okie dokie!

wrongway_08
05-27-2009, 18:19
Congratulations on your achievements - that's a big deal!


x2 congrats!! .......and damn thats about $50,000.00 total average cost of cigs.... yikes! :eek:

(or about 11 really good thru-hikes :) )

WalkingStick75
05-27-2009, 18:37
Congratulations!

Engine
05-27-2009, 18:45
Way to go!

vamelungeon
05-27-2009, 19:09
That's awesome! I'm about the same age and smoked the same amount of time and quit at about the same time...keep up the good work!

Alaskanhkr23
05-27-2009, 19:12
Way to go!!!! now i should quite smoking

CowHead
05-27-2009, 19:25
The Mile Hike Club has a new member - woo hoo!!!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3414/3571323266_be21977bf0.jpg?v=0

Buckwheat, at the summit of Mt. Lafayette in the Franconia Range, Franconia Notch, NH. This self-portrait was taken 26 May 09.

Eighteen months ago, I could not finish mowing my lawn without stopping to rest, owing to a 35-year pack-a-day smoking habit (total packs = 12,775). Yesterday, I climbed a mile high mountain after kicking that sorry habit cold turkey.

Anyone who says you can't do it is wrong.

Hike Stats
7.86 miles
5,291 feet max elevation
5,560 feet total ascent
10 Hours 3 Minutes total hike time
1.5 Miles Per Hour Moving Average
.8 Miles Per Hour Overall Average
Peaks Bagged: 3
Mt. Lafayette: 5,291 Feet
Mt. Lincoln: 5,089 Feet
Haystack Mountain: 4,800 Feet
Dragons Slayed: 1

Top of the world ma! :banana
(To see the slideshow of my hike, click the link below):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157618867558508/show/

Cheers,
Buckwheat

Way to Go! Last Jan 08 I was at 360 could not walk a 1/4 mile now I'm at 215 and have done 4 20 mile days on the AT. My goal is to do the 3-state challenge in 1 day 42 miles by summer end.

johnnybgood
05-27-2009, 19:36
And the crowd is going wild ....:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap


And they're calling your name....BUCKWHEAT !!!,BUCKWHEAT!!!,BUCKWHEAT!!!

just funning around, Buckwheat. Awesome climb man !

2rjs
05-30-2009, 13:43
Congrats on the hike and quiting smoking!

mudhead
05-30-2009, 13:56
Rock on! What food type did you crave/fixate on?

buckwheat
05-30-2009, 21:25
Rock on! What food type did you crave/fixate on?

Interesting question. Food has never really interested me much, but I did discover upon quitting just how much smoking was retarding my appetite

I went from 2 meals a day (light lunch and dinner) to 3 meals a day (light breakfast, heavy lunch, heavy dinner). And within the first 3 months, I gained about 25 pounds - all of it fat around the midsection. Not pretty, I have to tell you.

It's one of the reasons that you will see me hiking with a 30-pound pack. I use the weight to make the caloric burn greater; I'm prepared for just about anything even on day hikes; and I'm keeping my body in long-distance hiking shape. Plus, when I hike with a light pack, or without a pack at all, I feel like I'm walking on air.

It's worked. I've dropped about 15 of those pounds and am turning the other 10 into muscle mass mainly in my legs and ass. As long as the knees and ankles hold out, I think hiking is probably going to be the best way to maintain my physique, such as it is.

Cheers,
Buckwheat

MintakaCat
05-30-2009, 21:41
Wow, you started smoking a pack a day when you were 12 years old? Quiting when you started that young is no small task. Congratulations!

Mags
06-01-2009, 01:25
Cool beans! And what a beautiful place to slay dragons. :)

World-Wide
06-01-2009, 01:44
The Mile Hike Club has a new member - woo hoo!!!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3414/3571323266_be21977bf0.jpg?v=0

Buckwheat, at the summit of Mt. Lafayette in the Franconia Range, Franconia Notch, NH. This self-portrait was taken 26 May 09.

Eighteen months ago, I could not finish mowing my lawn without stopping to rest, owing to a 35-year pack-a-day smoking habit (total packs = 12,775). Yesterday, I climbed a mile high mountain after kicking that sorry habit cold turkey.

Anyone who says you can't do it is wrong.

Hike Stats
7.86 miles
5,291 feet max elevation
5,560 feet total ascent
10 Hours 3 Minutes total hike time
1.5 Miles Per Hour Moving Average
.8 Miles Per Hour Overall Average
Peaks Bagged: 3
Mt. Lafayette: 5,291 Feet
Mt. Lincoln: 5,089 Feet
Haystack Mountain: 4,800 Feet
Dragons Slayed: 1

Top of the world ma! :banana
(To see the slideshow of my hike, click the link below):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157618867558508/show/

Cheers,
Buckwheat

Kinda new to the site, thought this was the hiker's equivalent to the "mile high club?" :eek: CONGRATS on your accomplishment though!