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#41069 - 30/06/08 02:53 PM Re: Oldest Walkers
Oldun Offline
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Registered: 01/12/04
Posts: 1750
Loc: Renens, Vaud, Switzerland
Thanks for your good wishes. My thoughts will be of you all as I lift each glass.

With regard to keeping fit; I have always been of the opinion that age and getting old is in the mind. Some guys I worked with, looked and acted like old men at the age of 30. Sadly, many of them are now dead, as when they retired they said, “We have earned our retirement, now we are going to rest, sit with our feet up in front of the tele and let everyone else do the worrying”.

Since I retired there does not seem to be enough hours in the day for what I want to get done.

As the years creep by it seems to be more and more difficult to maintain a reasonable fitness level and more and more time seems to be required for exercise. Lazing around for a two week holiday at a lovely hotel is fabulous, but it is agony afterwards trying to get the mind back into a positive mode believing that exercise is good for me.

In an aging heterosexual partnership, men are able to maintain their sprightliness as long as the woman is a fitness and health food fanatic. Should the woman (as usually happens), lose their enthusiasm; a man goes down hill very quickly unless he can find an outside interest that drives him to maintain his fitness.

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#41070 - 30/06/08 06:59 PM Re: Oldest Walkers
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Registered: 07/05/06
Posts: 2013
Loc: Stafford
Oldun. Very true what you say about the dangers of retirement. I retired after very nearly thirty years of an indoor, mainly office bound, job but then took a job as a postman, on my feet up to ten hours a day now, mostly out in the country, never felt better, just should have thought of it when I was a youngster instead of wasting the best years of my working life in a job I look back on with only bad memories.

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#41071 - 30/06/08 09:55 PM Re: Oldest Walkers
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Registered: 07/08/05
Posts: 74
Loc: Newquay, Cornwall
Our little gang have just come back from doing the Great Glen Way. The walk was our Mums choice for her 70th birthday. We did the West Highland Way and Ben Nevis for her 65th birthday. She is now wondering what to do for her 75th!!

She is off with a friend to do the South Downs Way next week. Us two are going on a walking holiday to Austria in September - so I think the answer is to definitely keep walking - don't stop!

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#41072 - 30/06/08 10:28 PM Re: Oldest Walkers
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Loc: Renens, Vaud, Switzerland
Tomorrow morning my friend and I will be walking along the Sentier des Gendarmes. It's a little used track along a heavily forested ridge that devides Switzerland and France. GPS's don't work there owing to the tree cover and there is not too much forward vision, so we will have an interesting day navigating by compass and dead reckoning. Oh and bye the way; the air up there is wonderful...Mmmmmmm. Read recently that wolves have been sighted around that area.

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#41073 - 01/07/08 05:52 PM Re: Oldest Walkers
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Registered: 24/11/04
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Loc: Billingham,Cleveland
Quote:
Originally posted by Oldun:
Tomorrow morning my friend and I will be walking along the Sentier des Gendarmes. It's a little used track along a heavily forested ridge that devides Switzerland and France. GPS's don't work there owing to the tree cover and there is not too much forward vision, so we will have an interesting day navigating by compass and dead reckoning. Oh and bye the way; the air up there is wonderful...Mmmmmmm. Read recently that wolves have been sighted around that area.


I didn't know wolves still existed in Europe?
Nimrod [img]http://www.coast2coast.co.uk/ubb/eek.gif[/img]

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#41074 - 01/07/08 06:06 PM Re: Oldest Walkers
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Loc: Renens, Vaud, Switzerland
Nimrod. Interestingly, an effect of global warming has brought wolves, bears and lynx back into the central Europe areas. Lynx are quite wide spread and brown bears have been making their leisurely way around the Grison. Wolves are allowed to wander freely until they start causing a nuisance, like killing sheep or calves. There was a photo in the local paper of a dead wolf that had been shot by a farmer. Another article in the Matin reported wolves in the Jura not far from here. But all these animals keep themselves to themselves, unless aggravated. Foxes are a pest though; as like in UK, they are living right in the city and suburban housing areas.

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#41075 - 01/07/08 10:58 PM Re: Oldest Walkers
Jean from Boston Offline
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Registered: 29/11/04
Posts: 83
Toward the end of the Coast to Coast, W-E, we met a couple, Ira and Hilda. He lived mostly in Florida and was 78 at the time. We wound up at the same B&Bs in Great Broughton and Grosmont, so had plenty of time to talk with them. They weren't fast, and they took a rest day in Richmond,but they were very steady.

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#41076 - 02/07/08 03:43 AM Re: Oldest Walkers
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Registered: 18/01/05
Posts: 369
Loc: Cotati, CA, USA
Olden, I guess I'm 3 months older than you, celebrated my 70th in China by climbing Huang Shan (Golden Mountain).
I've been doing the LDPs in the UK for 5 years now, last year was Glyndwr's Way and part of Offa's Dyke. This year will be the West Highland Way with my kids. I will be doing this for as long as I'm able, 10 years minimum I'd say.
Happy birthday to you. Hope to see you on the trail some day.

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#41077 - 02/07/08 07:21 AM Re: Oldest Walkers
Oldun Offline
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Registered: 01/12/04
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Loc: Renens, Vaud, Switzerland
Hi Gregg. Nice to hear from you. Keep in touch.

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#41078 - 02/07/08 07:45 AM Re: Oldest Walkers
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Registered: 28/10/06
Posts: 1054
Loc: england
hi all,
i do not know whether i maybe repeating my self.
but last year at the age of 81.i parked at the car park near the Blencathera Centre walked along the a track north off the intake wall
to just above Scales and then followed Julia Bradburry's route up sharp edge on to the top of Blencathera, walking along the base i was not too happy, not knowing if i could make it up Sharpe edge, my knees were knocking with nerves, any way when i started up the slope i had to keep stopping and admire the view every 50 paces, once on the graggs the nervousness dissapeared and was replaced with exhileration i reached fouls gragg and the only thing was go for it on hands and knees made it the top. i expected ordnance survey piller on the top , but all there was was an iron ring i suppose where it had been .i strolled along to the west end and down the zig zag path back to the car. a two hour job had taken me over 6 hours .i hope Aleck does not see this as he was a walking companion for many years and this was the mountain he always wanted to walk, sadly we never did
regads to all
ern
i hope it does not sound like bragging
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ern

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