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#12813 - 04/13/11 07:32 PM Wow 2011 Already?
DUG Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 372
Loc: Wildomar
Can't believe hiking season is creeping up on me. Doesn't seem like that long ago I had to don fireproof undies during the great boy scout bash. Hopefully that's all in the past and everyone is excited and ready to lace up their boots and get in the back country.

I'm planning for some great hikes and have a lot more free time to do them this year. My last day at work is in early May and I officially retire from the Navy 31 July. 26 years - times flies. I was just getting good at it too.

Some bucket list stuff planned for this year involves a heavy dose of the JMT. I've always wanted to do it under 10 days with no resupply. Since I've gone through some medical stuff in the past few months and never been on the trail longer than 60 hours, I figure I better practice some. A good warm will be Onion Valley to the Bishop Pass Trail Head. My son needs a 5 day 50+ miler for a scout award and that should do it. Plus it fills in a couple of gaps on the JMT that I haven't seen. I plan to at least section hike the JMT if the practice goes bad so having those gaps filled in would be handy.

The wife insists that I give it a shot before 21 July so if it goes south I'll still be on active duty - I guess she wants the insurance. smile

Other than that, there's Whitney of course. I skipped the lottery this year. I plan on watching the boards and jumping on a permit whenever someone posts looking for a partner. Or just getting a walk in. Never had a problem before. I need to explore the whole Whitney Zone more instead of racing to the peak and notching my belt. And I really want to get the boy into the Gambler's Special Wreck site. I found a short cut.

Hope everyone has thawed out, had a great Christmas, New Years and every other holiday I've missed in my deep dark hole.................................................DUG

#12814 - 04/13/11 07:46 PM Re: Wow 2011 Already? [Re: DUG]
GandC Offline

Registered: 03/21/11
Posts: 252
Loc: SoCal
Congrats on your upcoming retirement, and thank you very much for your service to our country. It is much appreciated.
One day I'd like to hike the entire John Muir Trail and not leave a single footprint. -Randy Morgenson

#12815 - 04/13/11 07:57 PM Re: Wow 2011 Already? [Re: DUG]
wazzu Offline

Registered: 06/20/10
Posts: 319
Loc: Orange County, CA
DUG...Great to see you back on the board. Sounds like you've got some great plans for the summer.

#12821 - 04/14/11 03:03 AM Re: Wow 2011 Already? [Re: DUG]
Bulldog34 Offline

Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1255
Loc: Atlanta
Glad to see you back DUG! Congrats on impending retirement, and a hearty thank-you for your service! Looking forward to reading your TRs - and maybe some of your intense speed-hiking escapades in 2011.

#12825 - 04/14/11 06:12 AM Re: Wow 2011 Already? [Re: Bulldog34]
quillansculpture Offline

Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 564
Loc: Murrieta, CA
Welcome back DUG......missed you. Congrats and a BIG Thank you for your service.
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If less is more, imagine how much more, more is -Frasier

#12975 - 04/16/11 12:49 PM Re: Wow 2011 Already? [Re: quillansculpture]
Rod Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 660
Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
Welcome back BUDDY!!!!! Missed you greatly.As I already told you congratulations and the most heartfelt THANK YOU for serving our country.Now if I can just get my energy and "drive" back to start training so I can go hike wth you this summer.My conditioning is in really poor shape.My dream is to hike with DUG,Joe,Gary,Steve,wagga and Laura.That would be my Whitney Hiker Assoc. dream team.I do worry marathon DUG who believes sleep is a waste of good hiking time would run me ragged.Seriously I would be honered and proud to hike with any and everyone on this board.