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2/11/15 8:51 P

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Yes, I live in Reno, and I love it here! I have been growing some veggies in the summer, and you're right it is dry here, but I've seen some wonderful gardens here too, I suppose you just have to plant the right stuff for the area. The Sunset Western Garden book says Reno is actually in a kind of garden belt, as much as we can be for being in the desert!

You may want to check out Big Agnes gear, they have great sleeping bag/air mattress combos. I have a BA bag, and the air mattress slides into the bottom of the bag, so it keeps in place better and cuts down on the bag weight.

I don't know about the soda can stoves, I have a "pocket rocket" stove that is 3 ounces, that uses isopropane. it's light and doesn't take up much room, but can be unstable, and is harder to use ifi it's windy. The only issue I could think of with your home made stove is it may not pack as well. But it's sure worth trying!

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2/11/15 3:52 P

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Thanks, Greeneyes! Yes, I agree that age is just a number. I just don't like the aches and pains that come with those numbers! I'm really excited for the warmer weather to get here so we can start training!

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2/11/15 12:31 P

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Hi Tina! My Mom was originally from WI. and I have many relatives in WI. and MI. and have visited several times. I don't think you're too old to try something new. If your health is good and you think you would enjoy it, then go for it! Age is just a number.


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2/10/15 10:54 P

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Thanks for the welcome and encouragement. You live in Reno? We went there twice last year to check it out as a possible place to retire. We went the end of July to see what the hot time of year was like, and then went again in January to see what winter is like. I thought the weather was fine, except that it is SO dry, and I grow bonsais, and don't know that they would survive the dry heat there. They like some humidity. And, I like gardening, and it doesn't look like many flower or veggie gardens would survive there.

As for our packs, we want to stay light, but not so light that we will be very uncomfortable and unable to hike because we were not comfy enough while sleeping. We have some back issues going on, and I will need a good enough mattress so I can get up and be able to move in the morning. I've heard that Thermarest NeoAir has some good air mattresses with baffles that are good. I'm excitedly trying making my own stoves out of soda cans and other cans. I've made three different kinds so far and am having fun doing that. I'm looking forward to trying them out in the back yard.

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2/10/15 9:32 P

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Hi, and welcome to the team! Your plan to work up to backpacking sounds very reasonable, take it slow and gradual and work your way up to success!

Since you are starting from scratch with the equipment, you can really shop around and get the right stuff for what you want to do. I agree, lighter is better, it's much easier to carry a lighter pack, especially if you are wanting to rack up more miles.

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2/9/15 2:32 P

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Hi everyone. I'm Tina, and my husband and I are from chilly Wisconsin. I've been on Sparkpeople for several years and have found it very helpful for weight loss and just making new friends and learning new stuff!

I just turned 55 and my hubby is 60. We try to stay in shape, do LOTS of walking (mostly in the summer) and have recently decided we want to try backpacking. It's something that has been on our bucket list for a while. I know we are kinda old to start something like this, but, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? We want to keep things a bit on the light side, weight wise because we both have some health issues. We plan to start out by doing longer walks (we all ready walk up to 12 miles at a time just for summer walks). Then we will start carrying our packs with a little weight in them for a while, then we will gradually increase the weight until we have all our gear in the packs. When that happens, we will try a day hike, then an overnighter. I'm hoping that by the end of this summer we might be able to do weekend backpack trips around Wisconsin or Upper Michigan. We would like to eventually work our way up to doing a week on the Appalachian trail (or longer!). I have been reading tons about backpacking, researching equipment, and reading blogs of thru-hikers of the Appalachian trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.

Any help or info you have to offer would be greatly appreciated. I also would like to continue to lose weight and encourage my hubby to do the same. I'm here for encouragement or info on whatever I can offer. I am also a Divemaster certified scuba diver with over 250 dives under my belt.

I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams.

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