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    The Mile Hike Club has a new member - woo hoo!!!



    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!
    (To see the slideshow of my hike, click the link below):

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/3867238...67558508/show/

    Cheers,
    Buckwheat

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    Fantastic!!
    You are never too old.

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    Congratulations on your achievements - that's a big deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckwheat View Post
    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?

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    I thought this was gonna be about something else. . . . nice work though. . .

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    Oh-tay! Nice job, and great shots.

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    Nice hike BTW.

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flemdawg1 View Post
    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.

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    Okie dokie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-K View Post
    Congratulations on your achievements - that's a big deal!

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

    (or about 11 really good thru-hikes )

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    Congratulations!
    WalkingStick"75"

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    Way to go!
    “He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.” –Socrates

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    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!

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    Way to go!!!! now i should quite smoking
    Now shall I walk or shall I ride?
    "Ride," Pleasure said:
    "Walk," Joy replied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckwheat View Post
    The Mile Hike Club has a new member - woo hoo!!!



    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!
    (To see the slideshow of my hike, click the link below):

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/3867238...67558508/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.
    Would you be offended if I told you to
    TAKE A HIKE!
    CowHead


    "If at first you don't succeed......Skydiving is not for you" Zen Isms

    I once was lost, then I hike the trail

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    And the crowd is going wild ....


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

    just funning around, Buckwheat. Awesome climb man !
    Getting lost is a way to find yourself.

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    Thumbs up

    Congrats on the hike and quiting smoking!

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    Rock on! What food type did you crave/fixate on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudhead View Post
    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

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