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Howdy, Sam Here

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:52 pm
by samh
Hello fellow backpacking nerds. My name is Sam. Some of you may recognize me from BackpackingLight.com. I was surfing Mags' site this evening and noticed a link here. After looking over the excellent topics being/and to be discussed here I decided to join. I consider myself an ultralight backpacker and make some of my own gear as well so should fit in well. Trip data for a number of my excursions as well as bio and gear list is available on my Web site.

http://samh.net/backpacking

Re: Howdy, Sam Here

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:37 pm
by zelph
samh wrote:Hello fellow backpacking nerds. My name is Sam. Some of you may recognize me from BackpackingLight.com. I was surfing Mags' site this evening and noticed a link here. After looking over the excellent topics being/and to be discussed here I decided to join. I consider myself an ultralight backpacker and make some of my own gear as well so should fit in well. Trip data for a number of my excursions as well as bio and gear list is available on my Web site.

http://samh.net/backpacking
Howdy Sam, glad to have you and your ultralight backpacing experience here. I did visit your site briefly and am impressed at your travels and skills. I'll return there tomorrow and stay there a little longer.

I think I would enjoy the western trails moreso than Eastern. Maybe!!!! :D West sounds hot, east sounds cooler :) West more picturesque. I'm going to have to try them both. :D

Re: Howdy, Sam Here

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 12:51 pm
by Mags
zelph wrote: I think I would enjoy the western trails moreso than Eastern. Maybe!!!! :D West sounds hot, east sounds cooler :) West more picturesque. I'm going to have to try them both. :D
Welcome Sam!

As for Western vs. Eastern..both have their beauty. Believe me! I do prefer the wide open spaces of the West..but man, do I miss a New England fall!

Re: Howdy, Sam Here

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:02 pm
by zelph
Ahhh Yes, the west is tan color and off to the east it gets greener as you go.

Brice Canyon area is awsome!!!!!

On my vacation to the east this year I saw the green tunnels of the AT in Maryland. Are there many places where you come out of those to get a majestic view of what is around you?

Re: Howdy, Sam Here

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:34 pm
by Mags
zelph wrote: On my vacation to the east this year I saw the green tunnels of the AT in Maryland. Are there many places where you come out of those to get a majestic view of what is around you?
There are places that do open up (balds, above treeline in New England) and some brief areas of views (e.g. Tinker Cliffs).

Overall, the East is more subtle though.

Re: Howdy, Sam Here

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:56 pm
by samh
Whoa, hold on there. I live in Minnesota. And I know to you Westerners that seems like it's East but it's not. The middle of America needs it's own classification as it's a different landscape from both the East and the West. We have many similarities to the East but the terrain is more gradual and there is more water.

Re: Howdy, Sam Here

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:17 pm
by zelph
samh wrote:Whoa, hold on there. I live in Minnesota. And I know to you Westerners that seems like it's East but it's not. The middle of America needs it's own classification as it's a different landscape from both the East and the West. We have many similarities to the East but the terrain is more gradual and there is more water.
When I visited your site I saw you were doing the pacific northwest trail. My thoughts were on what my druthers might be if given the choice of doing east or west. I thought west but changed my mind and then changed it again.:D :D Sometimes I'm hard to figure out. :o