Newb on the Trail?

With summer coming to a close, you may expect to see a sudden increase of people on the trails. Especially since Southern California doesn’t have any real discouraging weather. At least not in the SG front range. Anyways, perhaps there will be an influx of first time hikers hitting the trails just to see what the hype is all about. Normally, you can spot them from afar. Are they wearing jeans on an 85 degree day? Wearing Vans, Chucks, or any other form of skating shoes? Are they carrying a grocery bag with items in them? Personal experience has taught me that if any of these is a yes, then they are more likely than not a first time hiker.

I got to thinking about how I must have looked when I started hiking. And I must say, I looked average…ok, I looked like a newb. But just like the people trying it out for the first time, I had no idea what to buy. After all, this can become an expensive hobby. Plus, you end up buying gear as you need it. And what I grabbed from the closet was rugged enough at the time.

Anyhow, I dug into the archives and pulled up a photo from my third hike. It was taken 7/28/07 atop Echo Mtn. I had started from Millard Canyon and took the Sunset trail to the road to Sam Merrill. It was pretty warm that day. High 80′s I believe.

Alright, click on the photo to make everything readable.

How to spot a newb.

Did I miss anything? I’m pretty sure that I did. If I did, that’s what the comments section is for.

Lastly, here’s a pic I’ve always wanted to post, but never could. Until I realized, “hey, I could just censor it.” If Girls Gone Wild could get away with it on TV, why can’t I?

Taking shelter under the only shade around

For some background info. This was on the ridge heading up from Brand Park. This was also my first Meetup hike and the first time that I “met” Ze. “Met” because he simply said “hey” as he passed me at the very beginning when I was starting to burn out. By the time I took this photo, the first unit was probably almost at the road at the top of this ridge. This was the only shade I could find. And it was barely enough. In the end, I finished the hike with the much cooler and better Lee Zeebold and the 2nd unit. Take that Ze!

Useless trivia #1: This was also the day that all the National forests were closed due to fire EVERYWHERE. My lungs weren’t quite right for the next couple of days.

Useless trivia #2: First time I met Eric too. He had to cut his day short because he threw up during the first half of the ascent.

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3 Responses to “Newb on the Trail?”


September 7th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

lol. maybe i didn’t even know you were part of the group.


September 7th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

maybe we should celebrate with a Brand Park 2 yr anniversary hike. hey the ANF is closed again too.

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SocalHikes Hiker September 7th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

oh you knew. i don’t believe that for a second.

and no, i am shooting that idea down with a giant potato gun!

I was thinking though, if the 2 is closed, does that means it’s closed to bicyclist too?

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