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    Cool old guy gonna try

    I have been enjoying this site for a short while now and would like to express my delight that so many share my love and concern for our natural world. It has been since my collage years since i have hiked any length, but i am going to make my own effort to go thru begining late march. Will celebrate my 40th ( yuk!) on ridge tops, hope my old body will stand up to it. Anyway, this site has been very encourageing , thanks.

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    You ain't old by any means. You're in your prime for AT hiking.

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    Go for it. I'll see you somewhere up north.

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    Wish I would have hiked it in my 40's ...or my 30's ...or my 20's

    You can do it. Age is just a measure of time not what's in your heart.

    All the best ...

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    Hundreds of people in their 40s and 50s have thru hiked. 60-year-plds are common on the trail, and even quite a few in their 70s and 80s have succeeded.

    Even more would succeed if they could learn not to try to keep up with the pack, and just go at a pace comfortable to each individual. Start out slow until unused muscles respond, then continue at whatever pace seems to work best.

    Weary

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    40ish is an interesting age group on the Trail - most thrus are much younger or older. Glad you've started to post, welcome to Whiteblaze!
    Teej

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    Grandma Gatewood is still the model. Look her up in trail books and follow her ways.

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    I hiked with paw paw a few times and believe he was in his 70's and he was such a blessing,ky

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    I spent my 53rd birthday with 6 complete strangers opening cards from my wife & kids in Hawk Mountain on my trip north in 2000. During my hike I met up with and enjoyed hiking with several young fellers your age. I also spent time with two older hikers -Gabriel (70 years old) and Lone Star (74 years old). Forty is young.

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    I spent my 62nd birthday on the ridges in Virginia. Left Georgia at 61 and climbed Kathadin at 62 and I was by no means the oldest thru hiker in 2000. As Lone Wolf said, at 40 you are just hitting your prime. I wish my job had allowed me the time to hike it at 40 but I'm thinking about doing it again, (if Mrs. Moxie will let me)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJ aka Teej
    40ish is an interesting age group on the Trail - most thrus are much younger or older. Glad you've started to post, welcome to Whiteblaze!
    Thru Hikers tend to be people in transition -- between jobs, between high school and college, between college and first serious jobs, retirement, divorce, death of a spouse, etc.

    Fewer 40 somethings fit these transitions, than 20 somethings. Most are approaching their peak career and income levels and have other immediate priorities. But they are out there.

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    Thumbs up Go for it

    Santee,

    When my wife and I did our thru in '89, I was 39 and my wife was 43. Were some of the few "tweens" on the trail. As other have mentioned, our age group is/was somewhat under-represented in the thru-hiker community.

    We're planning on spending 2 weeks this spring doing the Ga section of the trail agin, hope to meet up with some thru hikers but we'll be starting late in April so most of the class of 2006 will be well on their way.

    We were living on our boat at the time, quit our jobs, put the boat up on blocks at a local marina and took off for the hills.

    "It seemed like a good idea at the time!"

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    aboard, Santee!! Hop on the trail & that "old" will be a distant memory. The mountains have a way of making you feel young & alive,, for me anyway!!

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    For the last year my interest in a thru hike of the at has formed and has grown in intensity. It is a way off as I retire in 2012 if all goes according to plan. At that time I will be 66 and I too have been concerned that I might be too old. I reassure myself that deterioration in the last 7 years has not been noticeable and so if I stay in shape perhaps the next 7 years will be similar (no guarantees of course).
    In the meantime I have plenty of time in the Summer for backpacking and plan on some 200 mile or thereabouts hikes.
    I guess I am looking for reassurance that a fit 66 year old has a chance of completing the trail in about 6 months.
    Remaining fit is key and I expect to do so. I maintain fitness with about 25 miles of walking per week in the neighborhood.

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    I really enjoyed this book by Doug Peacock. This quote jumped off the page. There are 72 million baby boomers out there, each one seeking to live well each day.

    Here is how Peacock put it.....

    "In all these travels I intend to walk off the beaten paths, hike off the trails, bushwhacking in body and mind to see the world anew--it was the way I decided to live the rest of my life. I needed to get out in order to look back in. I believed that walking off my stale entrenched life and into a new beginning could succeed no matter what my age, that it had everything to do with living well each day."

    Doug Peacock- Walking It off -A Veteran's Chronicle of War and Wilderness, Eastern Washington University Press 2005, p. 3


    Regards,

    Clark Fork, 64, still hiking in Western Montana (Summer06 hiking JMT in 10 days)
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    Hey Santee, I'm 44 and am leaving for a thru hike this March. I'll see you on the trail and we can hope both of our "old" bodies hold up!!!Barbie

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    40 is OLD????

    How come nobody tells me these things????!

    I'm over 50 & consider myself, , , , , , not old(ish).

    You will do fine. As stated above, your a "Tween" on the AT.


    Have fun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctari
    40 is OLD????
    That was a typo. He meant YOUNG guy gonna try, I suspect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctari
    40 is OLD????
    Forty years ago, I thought 40 was very old. Now I realize how wrong I was, and know that 70 is old. Well, okay, 80. 70 is looking better and better.
    Frosty

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