Here is a bit of background information on me to help you gauge your hiking ability versus mine:
- I was not athletic at all growing up. The only activities I did was playing recreational baseball, tennis and riding bicycles. I'm of average height, slight build, and below-average strength. I do not enjoy being on trails where I judge the probability of death is high!
- I started hiking regularly around 1982, and have hiked about once every week or two since then.
- I started riding a bicycle for exercise in 1987, and do 100 km rides at least once per year. I usually finish in the bottom 10% of everyone that finishes those rides within the allotted time.
- I have hiked over 1,000 miles on trails in the Angeles National Forest, including over 60 of the hikes in the Trails of the Angeles by John W. Robinson, Sixth Edition, January 1990, as well as other trails not given by Robinson.
- I hike fastest on level trails, moderately well on uphill or downhill trails except I am slowed significantly going uphill after eating very much.
- I am affected significantly by altitude. My uphill hiking speed begins dropping from 3 mph below 2,000' down to less than 1 mph at 10,000'. The decline appears to be roughly linear with altitude between 2,000 and 10,000'. See Blue Ridge to Pine and Dawson Mtns. And Mount San Antonio for more information.
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Updated 10 January 2000.