Hiking / BackpackingMy experience in Boy Scouts was a great one, and
one of the things our group did was a lot backpacking. This included all of
the obvious spots in central Texas, as well as high adventure trips to
Colorado, the Boundary Waters area in Minnesota/Canada, sailing in the Florida
Keys, and of course Philmont in New
Mexico. I've since stayed relatively active as a backpacker and hiker.
Recently, I have become interested in lightening my load. I've always been
large enough to carry a decent amount of backpacking gear, but there's no
reason to carry a 45lb pack when 25lbs will do. At some point I will post the
spreadsheet showing a breakdown of the mass I typically carry on trips.
Sites of interest:
FrisbeeThe first time I seriously tossed a disc was my freshman
year in college. Since then, it's been a persistant side hobby of
mine. There's just something fun about frisbees. I'm most at home just
tossing a disc around in a courtyard, but it's not difficult at all to
talk me into a game of Ultimate or
Bicycling Walking is fine, but often too slow for me. Running hurts
and it's hard to carrying anything useful with you. Bicycling is just right.
I'm certainly not ready to give up my trusty automobile, but I commute by
bicycle whenever practical.
For road rides where I don't need to carry much with me I ride a stock trek
5200. For commuting and mountain biking, I ride a Gary
Fisher Tassajara with almost every component except the heavy old frame
changed out. For quick trips I converted an old Signet
Centurion 10-speed in to a fixed gear with a 40x16 on a 700C wheel I built
Sites of interest:
Favorite places to bike around Atlanta:
- A good Atlanta area trails site
- Downtown Atlanta has Piedmont park, which can be lots of fun.
- Blanket's creek up 575
- Chicopee Woods (near/in Gainesville, GA). Take exit 16 off of
985N and follow signs to Elachee Nature center. SORBA-maintained and quite nice.
- Gainesville College bike trails (near Chicopee woods). Around 3.5
miles of nice quick and easy singletrack.
- Mansell Road up 400
- Yellow River park out by Stone Mountain
- Sope Creek
- Join SORBA -- they do good things for the riding in the southeast