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A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered
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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered on 01/06/2009 19:55:16 MST Print View

Companion forum thread to:

A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered

Casey Bowden
(clbowden) - MLife

Locale: Berkeley Hills
A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered on 01/06/2009 21:01:08 MST Print View

Tony,

That was a fantastic article. I look forward to meeting you in Point Reyes later this month. By the way, what co-op where you at and when? I was at Cloyne from 96 to 97 and it's where I met my wife.

Casey

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
A Passion Found, Lost and Rediscovered on 01/06/2009 22:01:53 MST Print View

Awesome Tony! "High Five" Hope to see Ya at Pt. Reyes-
What about breakfast at Hub Caps in Walnut Creek on 1/24 then maybe carpool to the trailhead? Just a thought.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Great! on 01/06/2009 22:46:24 MST Print View

Love to hear the transformation stories! I too am looking forward to seeing you at Point Reyes,18 days.

twig .
(bretthartwig) - MLife

Locale: Australia
A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered on 01/07/2009 05:47:19 MST Print View

Tony,
Great stuff! Brought back many memories of a pack so heavy I used to prop it up against a tree so i could wrestle it onto my back!
Keep up the great trip reports,
Cheers.

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Re: A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered on 01/07/2009 07:55:23 MST Print View

Great story, mine is very similar. I think the first time I went out I carried 2-3 fleece tops b/c I could not decide which to take!!! Luckily I have been cured of my demon's from that trip.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered on 01/07/2009 08:13:15 MST Print View

My very first trip was on the West Coast Trail in 4 days with 62 pounds without water. Climbing those ladders was a real treat. I carried 4L of water at any one point in time yet every 2KM or so there was a pristine water source. I came home from that trip vowing never to backpack again.

12 months later after finding this forum (and being a lurker for a while) I re-did the West Coast Trail with 12 pounds. What a revelation!

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Passion on 01/07/2009 08:47:46 MST Print View

Very nice. Glad I didn't send my story in now. Maybe if I got Tony to ghost write it for me.............

Jeremy Pendrey
(Pendrey) - MLife

Locale: California
Great article on 01/07/2009 08:47:54 MST Print View

Tony: Great article, and not just because you mention me in the article. :) It is very well written too! As you know, I've been going through the same lightweight transformation and it's been fun having you to bounce ideas off as we get lighter and lighter. I look forward to many more longer and lighter trips.
-Jeremy.

Ps. Oh yeah, and Jay, I'm up for a carpool and Hubcaps for breakfast for the 24th. I'm sure Tony will be up for it too.

Edited by Pendrey on 01/07/2009 08:50:08 MST.

WV Hiker
(vdeal)

Locale: West Virginia
Most insightful moment on 01/07/2009 09:20:49 MST Print View

The best lines in this article were:

"It is not about the number of miles I travel. It is about the spectacular things I witness in nature, sights that humble me with their raw power and beauty. It's about time on the trail with friends and family, learning about each other and ourselves - and sharing experiences that inspire new journeys to be taken in the future."

That says it all.

Edited by vdeal on 01/07/2009 09:21:26 MST.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Most insightful moment on 01/07/2009 09:46:06 MST Print View

Very nice article Tony. I really enjoyed reading this! I think most of us can sympathise with the beginning portion of your tale. Nicely done!!

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered on 01/07/2009 09:47:55 MST Print View

How fortunate we are to know someone with such a balanced point of view and the word skills to express it well.

Thanks, Tony. This article will join Doug Prosser's when I strive to sell UL to our 2010 Philmont crews.

Erik Graf
(VanGo) - F

Locale: Southeast
Bravo! on 01/07/2009 11:09:03 MST Print View

Tony:

Great article and photos. Beautiful family - you have a lot to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing your story - similar to mine!

Erik "thanks for the Sawyer Filter tips" Graf

William Webber
(micwebbpl) - F
Stay Safe, Too on 01/07/2009 11:30:42 MST Print View

It sounds like you have ventured well-beyond "recreational hiking/camping." It's good to also plan for worst-case scenarios, too - as a parent I now think in terms of hiking buddies & beacons, early unexpected snows and unexpected cold rains, well-traveled trails and not so well-traveled trails, points where I walk more carefully because a fall could be more serious.

Not something to dominate your thinking, but it should always be part of your planning. We all take survival SO much for granted.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered on 01/07/2009 14:26:25 MST Print View

Well done Tony, well done. Your sparkling wit and humility are very much in evidence here. Loved the Han Solo reference. And your daughter: darn cute!

I look forward to many more trip accounts.

Cheers,

Rick

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered on 01/07/2009 15:20:03 MST Print View

Beautiful story spoken from the heart!

I too embrace "Learning by screwing up." LOL

Thanks for sharing your info and pics. Beautiful family.

Patricia Combee
(Trailfrog) - F

Locale: Northeast/Southeast your call
Wonderful writing! on 01/07/2009 18:12:48 MST Print View

Thanks for sharing your journey! It made me laugh and remember my "good old days" of the heavy. Awesome pictures. You have a great family and friends.

Dondo .
(Dondo) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered on 01/07/2009 19:08:46 MST Print View

Great writing and photographs, Tony. I especially liked the pictures of you and your family. It reminds me of my sherpadaddy days.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered on 01/07/2009 19:22:47 MST Print View

Great story & photos. I think your first pack weight definitely beat mine (not in a good way). I gotta give you credit for making it to Little Yosemite with that much on your back. That last stretch up the switchbacks at Nevada Falls had to be a real killer!

I can't wait to read the other essays. I hope this is a regular offering.

Tom

Linda Vassallo
(eastbayhiker)

Locale: Eastbay
Re: A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered on 01/07/2009 21:03:45 MST Print View

Tony,

Thank you for writing your wonderful, insightful article. You have put into words what I'm sure so many of us have experienced in our own struggles on the way to UL backpacking. You have captured, so eloquently, the reasons why we hike.

I'm ever thankful that you shared your obsession and UL "sickness" with Dave and I, showing us the way to lighter packs. One sickness I want no cure for and an obsession I am already passing on to others.

Looking forward to future hiking adventures.

LV