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It is also worth noting that he is 20 years older than you. Think "dad".base871 wrote:lets remember tho, just because he's new to the valley does not mean hes not acclimated yet. theres a big difference if somebody pushes a mop of tar on roofs for 50 hrs a week and somebody who pushes a pecil in the ac for 35. hiking is a alot easier for me, no toolbelts, no carrying studs on my shoulder , no hot nailguns. nobody screaming at me when i take a water break.
I don't know... how does it sound? I only wish to point out that 52 is not 32 and "dad" is not an insult, but a reference for perspective. No matter how well you maintain your level of fitness, you cannot do what you did 20 years ago (assuming of course that you were not a couch potato 20 years ago). Can you? I am 50, so I have my own experience here. Not comparing one individual's fitness level to another's, but in the broadest sense, given an equal playing field, as adults we simply cannot compete with our children. I may be in better shape than a tragic number of 20 somethings, but that's not an equal playing field. I can never beat what I was at 20, or 30, or 40 and neither can you. Aging is part of living for everyone. But, we on this site fight this kicking and screaming and it definitely shows. We refuse to take it lying down and that keeps us head and shoulders above average America. It just can't keep us head and shoulders above our own personal best. For many of us, that is in the past to stay. Try as I might and wish as I may, my 50 will never be my 30. That's just how it is. I'm OK with it.big_load wrote:I hope you don't mean this the way it sounds.snakemarks wrote: It is also worth noting that he is 20 years older than you. Think "dad".
I'll be 49 in a couple weeks. I've lost some speed, but not much strength and no endurance. If that's not true for you, too bad, but I wouldn't necessarily assume that you couldn't make that trip because of your age alone. Having less capability is quite different from lacking sufficient capability for the task at hand. The year before last I ended a week-long backpack with a 15 miler in 110+ degrees and a couple thousand feet of elevation gain. I was the youngster on that trip. The first two guys to finish that day were both over 65. I'm sure they had lost a step or two also, but they had everything they needed to get the job done.snakemarks wrote:Can you? ... and wish as I may, my 50 will never be my 30. That's just how it is.
What I want to know is: what HIKE are we going to recommend on July 4th for this "formertexan"?! :GB:formertexan wrote:Looking for someone to lead/second a more extensive day hike. Considering 10-14 miles.