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Howdy from nw Arkansas

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:53 am
by commandokanak
Hey there from nw Arkansas. New to the forum and recently back into hiking/backpacking. It's been about 12 years since I've been on the trail and I picked a real doozie of a trip to reintroduce myself. Me and group of guys from church went Alamosa, CO last weekend and hiked up Blanca Peak! Along the way, we found out it's one of the harder/est 14'er.

I used to live in Aspen, CO and hiked all the time, but family, school and career has kind of gotten in the way. Well, no more. I'm going to start hitting the trail more often. Now I need to update my gear. Look forward to getting involved in the forum.

Re: Howdy from nw Arkansas

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:18 am
by oops56
commandokanak wrote:Hey there from nw Arkansas. New to the forum and recently back into hiking/backpacking. It's been about 12 years since I've been on the trail and I picked a real doozie of a trip to reintroduce myself. Me and group of guys from church went Alamosa, CO last weekend and hiked up Blanca Peak! Along the way, we found out it's one of the harder/est 14'er.

I used to live in Aspen, CO and hiked all the time, but family, school and career has kind of gotten in the way. Well, no more. I'm going to start hitting the trail more often. Now I need to update my gear. Look forward to getting involved in the forum.
Welcome you find we are here to help and i think you find allmost ever thing you need to get back into things :)

Re: Howdy from nw Arkansas

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:46 pm
by russb
Welcome back to the great outdoors, and welcome to bplite.

Re: Howdy from nw Arkansas

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:38 pm
by zelph
Were glad you're here Commando, welcome!!!!
Me and group of guys from church went Alamosa, CO last weekend and hiked up Blanca Peak! Along the way, we found out it's one of the harder/est 14'er.
That's quite a rude awakening to get started again. :D

Were you in condition to take on that one as starters?

Re: Howdy from nw Arkansas

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:01 pm
by Mags
Welcome! I was just inthe Aspen area recently. Beautiful area!

Re: Howdy from nw Arkansas

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:32 pm
by commandokanak
Thanks guys, appreciate the welcome.

I was no where near in the shape I needed to be for that hike (climb!). Mostly it was altitude getting to me (got winded very easily...no sickness though) but my ankles and legs got really tired. I packed way too much and the gear (mostly old stuff) is not exactly lightweight so my shoulders and hips were aching as well. I was completely exhausted from the trip. And we're already planning to go back next year! Albeit...with a much lighter pack and in much better condition. The guy who put the trip together didn't know Blanca Peak is one of the harder 14er's to ascend (well worth it though!).

Now I'm really itchin to get back on the trail asap! Fortunately there's lots of hiking close to where I live here in AR. I've also been looking at everything to see if it could be mad into a stove or cook pot or something!

Re: Howdy from nw Arkansas

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:58 pm
by DarenN
Welcome aboard! :)

Daren.......

Re: Howdy from nw Arkansas

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:04 pm
by Ridgerunner
Welcome Cammanokanak !!! :D I have a brother-in-law who is a Razorback and hails from Rogers Arkansas. He recently brought 78 crappie fillets to Ohio on July 4th from some of the cleanest waters in the country in arkansas. Boy, were they good !! :D
I've also been looking at everything to see if it could be mad into a stove or cook pot or something!
Be warned...it is addicting and you find yourself looking at everything with new meaning. Glad to have you aboard !!!

Re: Howdy from nw Arkansas

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:09 pm
by commandokanak
Hey ridgerunner, I'm just down the road from your brother. I live in Lowell which borders the south side of Rogers. Yeah, we do have some pretty clean lakes...even the dirty ones are clean by other states standards! Now I wouldn't go swimming in the Arkansas River though! I'll catch the fish in the river too, but I always throw 'em back!

I'm gonna guess your brother works for Wal-Mart or is a vendor to Wal-Mart....right? (I'm a consultant to 'em)

Re: Howdy from nw Arkansas

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:43 pm
by Ridgerunner
I'm gonna guess your brother works for Wal-Mart or is a vendor to Wal-Mart....right? (I'm a consultant to 'em)
Nope, he works at a place that makes Glad wrap. I remember him telling me about the new wrap they have that is supposed to cling to about anything.