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Ed Parker
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I do a lot of backpacking, and enjoy it immensely. It’s the best therapy going. Notice I didn’t say the “cheapest.” I’m a gear-head-- so when you add up my investment in equipment and the resulting real estate requirements (storage space for said gear), the balance sheet would definitely tip in favor of good old fashioned therapy. However-- hiking is the “best” therapy.

Most of my backpacking is solo. I enjoy hiking at my own pace, setting off on the spur of the moment, making camp when I’m tired, sunning myself on a summit ledge at lunch time… I am addicted to the first cup of coffee in the morning, a sunrise that signals a warming day, a silent sunset that concludes a hard day’s hike, and the glaring illumination of a full moon at 3am in the morning.

However, I have found that my most memorable trips have included others. There’s something about the shared experience with others that solidifies a particularly adverse or humorous event. But even in something as mundane as a campfire, a shared campfire is much more memorable than “1 fire, 1 person.”

During 2013, my most memorable hikes have included meeting a disabled veteran hiking the AT-- with 1 ˝ legs, 1 arm, 1 eye and 1 ear… hiking for 2 days with “Speed,” another AT thru-hiker from Colorado as we traversed the Mahoosuc Notch... sharing a 3-day traverse through the Pemi and Bonds with my best friend… “earning” my own AT trail name, “Bog Balls” (don’t ask).

When I look back at photos of my past trips, I’m not drawn to the panoramas, but to the faces. They bring back a flood of memories that cause me to pause… and usually smile.

That’s one of the greatest benefits of the AMC. We form little temporary communities when we meet together for an activity, We share an experience (hopefully that doesn’t involve LifeFlight!), and then return to our homes…. and immediately begin planning our next adventure!

I hope you enjoy my gallery, and hope to see you on the trail soon.


Mt Eisenhower
Cold & Windy? What's new?
June 15,2013

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Cordillera Huayhuash Region, Peruvian Andes
September 30, 1999



Cordillera Blanca, Peruvian Andes
October 1, 1999



Peruvian Andes Pig Roast
October 1, 1999



Congaree Swamp SC Out on a limb
October 13, 2004



Weminuche Wilderness 1 Winter Conditions, CO
February 24, 2005



Weminuche Wilderness 2, CO
February 24, 2005



Weminuche Wilderness 3, CO
February 24, 2005



Weminuche Wilderness, CO
February 24, 2005



Altitude sickness produces dinner that recycles
February 25, 2005



Weminuche Wilderness 4, CO
February 25, 2005



Weminuche Wilderness 5, CO
February 25, 2005



Weminuche Wilderness 6, CO
February 26, 2005



Weminuche Wilderness 7, CO
February 26, 2005



Weminuche Wilderness 8, CO
February 27, 2005



Jeffers Brook Privy 2
July 28, 2008



Jeffers Brook Privy
July 28, 2008



where
May 19, 2013



Mt Eisenhower
Cold & Windy? What's new?
June 15,2013



Skydiving with daughter 2
June 21, 2013



Skydiving with daughter 3
June 21, 2013



Skydiving with daughter
June 21, 2013



Franconia Ridge
July 7, 2013



Falling Waters Trail with son Austin
Should be named Falling Bodies Trial if taken Downhill
July 13, 2013



At Hexacuba Shelter
July 27, 2013



Mt Moosilauke, NH
August 3, 2013



Accessible privy on AT
August 4, 2013



Appalachian Trail, ME-NH Border
August 16, 2013



Mahoosuc Trail 2
August 16, 2013



Mahoosuc Trail
August 16, 2013



Mahoosuc Notch
May be toughest mile on the AT
but it is surely the most fun.
August 17, 2013



Kinsman Ridge Traverse, NH
August 25, 2013



"Clawing my way to the top"
(my feet were firmly planted)
South Twin
September, 1, 2013



South Osceola Views
September 15, 2013


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