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Postby xkarenmariex » Mon May 05, 2014 9:26 pm

I have spent my entire adult life abusing hard drugs and living with abusive men. For the last year I have been getting my act together. I didn't think about mountains until I got clean. I grew up in the city and could have cared less about anything outside my block. When I was introduced to mountains via movies and the internet I became obsessed. When times get really hard and I think I might use, I remember there is a mountain in the Himalayas called K2. I practice picturing it perfectly in my mind. I try to comprehend its size; I try to understand how remote it is. I remember mountains exist and therefore I am going to be okay.

Over the last few weeks I started obsessing about actually climbing mountains. I have no idea where to start and understand I will probably never attempt any of the big ones. I am on this forum to make new friends and to learn more about mountaineering. The closest mountains to me are the Appalachians. I am going to start by hiking around them. Most outdoor people in this area enjoy caves, but I have spent enough time underground in the dark.

Anyway, advice and support are welcome. Thanks in advance!
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Re: New member introduction

Postby Augie Medina » Mon May 05, 2014 11:18 pm

Karen,

Welcome to this community. I think you could not have found a better diversion from your past than love of mountains. You said it best yourself and very poetically: "I remember mountains exist and therefore I am going to be okay." Hopefully, you can find someone with experience to help you get started. Hiking may seem like a simple endeavor but to have the best experiences, you will need to accumulate some knowledge about what to wear, essential gear depending upon where you'll be hiking, navigation, weather, safety considerations and many other things. I can't help you regarding the Appalachians but I'm sure there are plenty of people on this forum who can. Start moderately and build up such as the progression from day hiking to overnight backpacking and on and on. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that moving through beautiful mountain terrain provides a natural high and a sense of escape from the constraints of life down below. Better yet, you carry back down the hill with you that which revives your mind and body up above.

Good luck and once you get started, don't forget to post some trip reports.
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Re: New member introduction

Postby Catamount » Mon May 05, 2014 11:34 pm

Do you know xdoogiex?
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Re: New member introduction

Postby ChrisJahn » Tue May 06, 2014 12:37 am

Hello Karen,

Let me be one of the first to give you a warm welcome! You're going to be okay, mountains are where we take care of ourselves and others.
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Re: New member introduction

Postby jesu, joy of man's desiring » Tue May 06, 2014 2:47 am

xkarenmariex wrote:When times get really hard and I think I might use, I remember there is a mountain in the Himalayas called K2. I practice picturing it perfectly in my mind.





Mel?






seriously, here's the best advice: NEVER use drugs or alcohol ever again, and NEVER associate with abusive men, ever again.




by comparison, K2 is just outdoor recreation, right?

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Re: New member introduction

Postby toxo » Tue May 06, 2014 3:29 am

xkarenmariex wrote:Anyway, advice and support are welcome.


Winners don't quit.

Aleister Crowley was among the first to attempt the K2 summit. His philosophy: Being str8edge. Not even once.
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Re: New member introduction

Postby JHH60 » Tue May 06, 2014 3:36 am

Welcome! The Appalachians offer spectacular natural beauty, and some challenging hiking and climbing. I first got hooked on hiking and mountains going up Old Rag mountain in Virginia with my parents, and would still like to hike the entire Appalachian Trail someday, even though I now live in California. If you think you might be interested in rock climbing, which is a great way to enjoy nature and train both your body and mind, you are only two hours away from a world-class climbing destination, the Red River Gorge.
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Re: New member introduction

Postby jesu, joy of man's desiring » Tue May 06, 2014 5:23 am

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^^^^ New SP role model ???


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Re: New member introduction

Postby Marmaduke » Tue May 06, 2014 6:44 am

Welcome! And some great advice for you.......DO NOT venture off into the forum search and onto "Sound and Fury", stay away from that wasteland of vile. Only the crazies and nut jobs are there and you'll never get out. For your own well being......I'm warning you.

Again welcome.
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Re: New member introduction

Postby Catamount » Tue May 06, 2014 10:58 am

Don't be so hard on yourself, Marmaduke. None of us judge you for your past.

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Re: New member introduction

Postby lcarreau » Tue May 06, 2014 1:37 pm

No, no ... she mentioned becoming "obsessed with mountains" after watching internet and movies .... which is the Right path, as opposed to the LEFT.


She's becoming one of us now. Self-exploration is the key ---- Let's celebrate by watching a "Steely Dan" video ....


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Re: New member introduction

Postby Marmaduke » Tue May 06, 2014 2:52 pm

Catamount wrote:Don't be so hard on yourself, Marmaduke. None of us judge you for your past.

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Not just me but you and the whole bunch of us over in OR :wink: I judge all equally......well maybe not equally, when mrchad was participating he was a bigger horses-ass than me. And Griswold....oh don't get me started with him.
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Re: New member introduction

Postby xkarenmariex » Tue May 06, 2014 3:11 pm

Thank you everyone for your kind words!

I have decided to go to Cumberland Gap this weekend!!!! I can't tell you how excited I am. It won't be a 'real' outdoor adventure, but I have never been camping so I need to figure that part out before I go off the beaten path. I found some gear on craigslist - backpack, tent, other stuff. I am getting shoes and a sleeping bag today (I have been researching shoes all night...WOW) Anyway, I will post pictures when I return.

http://www.nps.gov/cuga/index.htm

@Catamount - I don't know the person you speak of
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Re: New member introduction

Postby macintosh » Tue May 06, 2014 3:29 pm

jesu, joy of man's desiring wrote:Image
^^^^ New SP role model ???-


Morons and their idiots jokes are back, pay attention to them, Karen. jesu, joy of man's desiring is one of them ;)
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