Jan 6, 2009 at 6:55 pm #1233061
Companion forum thread to:Jan 6, 2009 at 8:01 pm #1468393
@clbowdenLocale: Berkeley Hills
That was a fantastic article. I look forward to meeting you in Point Reyes later this month. By the way, what co-op where you at and when? I was at Cloyne from 96 to 97 and it's where I met my wife.
CaseyJan 6, 2009 at 9:01 pm #1468409
@creachenLocale: East Bay
Awesome Tony! "High Five" Hope to see Ya at Pt. Reyes-
What about breakfast at Hub Caps in Walnut Creek on 1/24 then maybe carpool to the trailhead? Just a thought.Jan 6, 2009 at 9:46 pm #1468415
Love to hear the transformation stories! I too am looking forward to seeing you at Point Reyes,18 days.Jan 7, 2009 at 4:47 am #1468449
Great stuff! Brought back many memories of a pack so heavy I used to prop it up against a tree so i could wrestle it onto my back!
Keep up the great trip reports,
Cheers.Jan 7, 2009 at 6:55 am #1468461
@jkrew81Locale: White Mtns
Great story, mine is very similar. I think the first time I went out I carried 2-3 fleece tops b/c I could not decide which to take!!! Luckily I have been cured of my demon's from that trip.Jan 7, 2009 at 7:13 am #1468464
nmJan 7, 2009 at 7:47 am #1468471
Very nice. Glad I didn't send my story in now. Maybe if I got Tony to ghost write it for me………….Jan 7, 2009 at 7:47 am #1468472
Tony: Great article, and not just because you mention me in the article. :) It is very well written too! As you know, I've been going through the same lightweight transformation and it's been fun having you to bounce ideas off as we get lighter and lighter. I look forward to many more longer and lighter trips.
Ps. Oh yeah, and Jay, I'm up for a carpool and Hubcaps for breakfast for the 24th. I'm sure Tony will be up for it too.Jan 7, 2009 at 8:20 am #1468477
@vdealLocale: West Virginia
The best lines in this article were:
"It is not about the number of miles I travel. It is about the spectacular things I witness in nature, sights that humble me with their raw power and beauty. It's about time on the trail with friends and family, learning about each other and ourselves – and sharing experiences that inspire new journeys to be taken in the future."
That says it all.Jan 7, 2009 at 8:46 am #1468482
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Very nice article Tony. I really enjoyed reading this! I think most of us can sympathise with the beginning portion of your tale. Nicely done!!Jan 7, 2009 at 8:47 am #1468483
How fortunate we are to know someone with such a balanced point of view and the word skills to express it well.
Thanks, Tony. This article will join Doug Prosser's when I strive to sell UL to our 2010 Philmont crews.Jan 7, 2009 at 10:09 am #1468494
Great article and photos. Beautiful family – you have a lot to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing your story – similar to mine!
Erik "thanks for the Sawyer Filter tips" GrafJan 7, 2009 at 10:30 am #1468498
It sounds like you have ventured well-beyond "recreational hiking/camping." It's good to also plan for worst-case scenarios, too – as a parent I now think in terms of hiking buddies & beacons, early unexpected snows and unexpected cold rains, well-traveled trails and not so well-traveled trails, points where I walk more carefully because a fall could be more serious.
Not something to dominate your thinking, but it should always be part of your planning. We all take survival SO much for granted.Jan 7, 2009 at 1:26 pm #1468529
@halfturboLocale: Northernish California
Well done Tony, well done. Your sparkling wit and humility are very much in evidence here. Loved the Han Solo reference. And your daughter: darn cute!
I look forward to many more trip accounts.
RickJan 7, 2009 at 2:20 pm #1468537
Beautiful story spoken from the heart!
I too embrace "Learning by screwing up." LOL
Thanks for sharing your info and pics. Beautiful family.Jan 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm #1468598
@trailfrogLocale: Northeast/Southeast your call
Thanks for sharing your journey! It made me laugh and remember my "good old days" of the heavy. Awesome pictures. You have a great family and friends.Jan 7, 2009 at 6:08 pm #1468610
@dondoLocale: Colorado Rockies
Great writing and photographs, Tony. I especially liked the pictures of you and your family. It reminds me of my sherpadaddy days.Jan 7, 2009 at 6:22 pm #1468617
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
Great story & photos. I think your first pack weight definitely beat mine (not in a good way). I gotta give you credit for making it to Little Yosemite with that much on your back. That last stretch up the switchbacks at Nevada Falls had to be a real killer!
I can't wait to read the other essays. I hope this is a regular offering.
TomJan 7, 2009 at 8:03 pm #1468644
Thank you for writing your wonderful, insightful article. You have put into words what I'm sure so many of us have experienced in our own struggles on the way to UL backpacking. You have captured, so eloquently, the reasons why we hike.
I'm ever thankful that you shared your obsession and UL "sickness" with Dave and I, showing us the way to lighter packs. One sickness I want no cure for and an obsession I am already passing on to others.
Looking forward to future hiking adventures.
LVJan 8, 2009 at 8:04 am #1468700
Really well-written, insightful, thoughtful and balanced. Thanks! You summarized a lot of my journey, too. I have to say, it feels kind of weird to me to read my age on screen– thirty-three? Really? Isn't that kind of… old? I'm just saying, mentally I still think of myself as mid-twenties. I suspect that's true for people of all ages here. Anyway, looking forward to more.Jan 8, 2009 at 8:59 am #1468706
>"I'm just saying, mentally I still think of myself as mid-twenties. I suspect that's true for people of all ages here."
My wife accuses me of thinking in dog years, since I have a habit of refering to incidents from 15 years ago as a couple of years.Jan 12, 2009 at 9:00 am #1469584
WOW! That really was great. I truly enjoyed reading every word. Your story is much like my own…heavy beginnings!!!
Good work!!!Jan 13, 2009 at 9:09 pm #1470017
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@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
Congratulations! Excellent write up! Conjures up those early days for a lot of us! :)Jan 19, 2009 at 12:43 pm #1471260
Hiking with Tony at Las Trampas.
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