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Thread: I did it !!

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    I did it !!

    I'm 6 weeks shy of 70 years old and its getting harder to backpack, but this week I took off, loaded up a light 25 lb. pack and snow shoe'd in to my cabin up in the North Central Cascades. The cabin is 3 miles in from the point were I had to leave my truck. Its up hill all the way and the snow was 3ft deep; it took 2-1/2 hours to hike in. It was a great hike, through beautiful still woods. Some deer and coyote and rabbit tracks could be seen. The cabin was in excellent condition and it only took a short time to get a fire burning and to warm the place up.
    My hiking days are numbered, I know but I don't feel like quitting yet. t
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    Thanks for looking
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    Death to every foe and traitor and hurrah, my boys, for freedom !

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    I sure can see why you would want to go there.

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    You got to keep on pushing if you want to go on living! Congrats to you! When we get up in age we all should have milestones to Strive for!
    Keep it going
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    Good for you ATR! Love the cascades up there, they have been calling me lately. Nice little cabin too!
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    Looks beautiful. Hope I'm still that fit at 70. Heck I just hope I get to 70.

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    Good job! I've been itching to get in the mountains this spring. Got 3 trips planned for this summer, and started building snowshoes for next winter. Have never snowshoed but sounds like an awesome experience.


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    Stay healthy, keep active and don't let life go to waste. Beautiful place to go and relax. Wish it were mine.

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    Excellent cardio, keep it up brother! Bet it was awesomely serene.
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    That's an awesome site no neighbors jst piece and quite

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    Have never snowshoed but sounds like an awesome experience.
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    I use snow shoes from REI. They are made in America, black , rather costly by well worth the price.

    and yes the cabin is isolated. No power, no roads, no immediate neighbors. The cabin is 16x26 with an 8x8 "mud room off the front. Its a work in progress !
    Death to every foe and traitor and hurrah, my boys, for freedom !

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    I have done a little snowshoeing, and you can get quite a workout. Nothing like 3 miles, just the path around my 4 acre parcel. Just keep it up, atr! remember, if you don't use it, you lose it!

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    Congratulations there young man. Looks like the snow was hard packed but walking in snowshoes up an incline for 3 miles through Nature is a real pleasure but somewhat of a pain for the next day or two.

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    Congrat's, I love that kind of weather and country. I wish I had a place like that to hike to. The peace and quiet you experience in those isolated places. I am jealous man, and I too hope I can do that at 70.

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    I have to thank my ancestors for good genes.....hard headed northern European stubbornish with a dash of Irish stubbornish thrown in.
    The stillness of the mountains surrounding the cabin area amazes me every time I am there. My property is located way inside the Okanogan National Forest. It is a private piece of property that never got bought out by the state or the federal government. No power or electricity which suits me just fine. The access road in is not passable during the winter,,,hence I have to hike in. The cabin itself is a comfortable 16'x26' with a 8'x8' extension on the south side. It is totally insulated and this year I plan to put the siding and trim on.
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    Death to every foe and traitor and hurrah, my boys, for freedom !

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    I love to backpack. Do to work (aka owning my own business) I only get to do local day hikes of about 6 miles about 2 times a week. I wish I could get away to a place like yours. Have fun.

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    Hi John,
    I too own my own business and I have to fit my outdoor time between jobs. It is doable but not as consistent as I would like.
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    Death to every foe and traitor and hurrah, my boys, for freedom !

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    I hope to remain anywhere near your activity when I'm your age! Here are to many more hikes.

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    That looks like something that is the definition of . . .

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    Nice place to hike too. Winter is coming so I hope you got your siding on.
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    update: Now officially 70 years old.. and I hiked in again this year 12-12-17....it was grand !
    last year when I hiked in there was 4 to 5 ft of snow
    this year I went earlier and it was easier because there was only about 1 ft of snow

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