60 and older and still going

60 and older and still going

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San Antonio Range meetupSeveral over 60 in this pic

Some of the bestAll over 60 and very active

Like the Energizer bunny.....

..we keep going and going and going. We've been blessed with a love of mountains and we love being in them. Many of us are truly addicted and need a "fix" and that special magic that keeps us renewed. Younger people often make comments that they hope they can be doing what we are doing when they get to "our age" and yet, none of us feel that we are really older than 25 or 30 in our hearts and so we stay young by our mountain involvement.

Recognizing that the majority of climbers and hikers are below the "magic" 60 barrier, I thought an album for those who are 60 and older and still hitting the hills would be a nice addition to SP. Let's see who we are: So, if you are 60, 70, 80 or older, please add your picture to this album and provide a caption with what you are currently up to. This will be a work in progress so be sure to check back from time to time to see who else has joined our ranks. Sorry, no 60 wantabees need apply, wait until you have earned "admission" to the club by depositing the appropriate number of years to the age bank. OK lets see your pics in this rogues gallery of senior mountain lovers.

PLEASE ADD YOUR PICTURES // (work in progress)

Here's the GOLDEN list I have compiled from the People listing (first 2000 profiles looked at):
the photohiker
Fred Spicker
vancouver islander
Vic Hanson
Ejnar Fjerdingstad
Mountain Jim
Andrej Mašera
Bryan Benn
Tony Simpkins
Bill Ott
Buz Groshong
mtn runr
Bernard l. Negrin
Fredd C Dobbs
Don Nelsen
Rob Thompson
John Duffield
Bill Reed
Packrat (Craig)
Paul McClellan

These are some who listed their age on their profiles. As mentioned above, these were gleaned from the first 2000+ names I looked at and I'm sure I missed a few, but still that's only about 50 so far, a small percentage but like myself, folks who have their priorities straight. There were a goodly number at ages 59 & 58 so in a years time, they'll need to add themselves. Stay healthy by keeping active and being in the outdoors, I salute you. There are more but this should give you an idea of many of the solid members of SP who are 60 or older.

Note: There are several others who are in their 60's and 70's that are still very active and while they are not SP members, their names are found in registers all over the west. They are: John Vitz, Richard Carey,
Barbara Lilley, Gordon MacLeod, to name a few.

In memorium

One of the truly amazing climbers that I've ever heard of has recently passed away due to natural causes. Bob Martin climbed every 14K, every 13K, every 12K
etc peak in Colorado at a time in his life when many are ready to take up golfing. Read about this amazing senior in this article:


Many SP members had an opportunity to hike and climb with Bob and his wife Dotty so if you are one of those folks, I know you'll feel the loss.

Our party at the summit of Abercrombie Mountain

Some thoughts on aging

As I reached 50, my office staff threw a party for me and celebrated my fashionable status. The office was dressed in black crape paper, a black birthday cake adorned the front counter and all sorts of "presents" awaited my opening them. Let's see, what were some of the so called "presents".
Ah yes, a whoopee cushion, a guide to hearing aids, a large supply of Beano,
a cane, a book on sex after fifty which of course was filled with blank pages when you opened it up, and most importantly, some golf balls for the
exciting sport of golfing (which I've always been lousy at). There were more "presents" but those are the ones that I can remember. Oh yes, let's not talk about memory (or lack thereof) as that can be a truly exciting topic in its own right.

My staff had a book for my patients to sign in and offer me their special wishes for my wonderful 50th. Of course, the well intentioned remarks were mainly insulting so I used that keep sake book as fuel at a campsite a year or two later. It made a wonderful amount of heat which was a good use for it.

So what does all of this have to do with the topic, the "Senior" Hiker/Climber that might have enticed you to read this article in the first place? I will answer in due time so please feel free (or not) to read on.
The truth for me is that I really hate getting older and of course I know what the alternative is to not getting older but my acceptance of ageing has been to fight it every step of the way. My wife doesn't think I'm getting older as she feels that I act and think like a 20 year old. I like that but her intent isn't complimentary. The words "grow up" seem to be used more often than I'd like to think. She never says "Act your age" however because I think the result of compliance on my part would probably scare her.

Aging is a natural part of life and yet it can be slowed down. How do you slow it down you might wonder? Well, this is finally where I can get to some
good stuff rather than the usual negatives that can often accompany the aging process. First of all, I will (in agreement with my wife's thinking) admit that I think like a 25 year old (that happens to be stuck inside a 65+ year old body). No, that doesn't necessarily mean that I still hide Playboy's under my bed or watch Conan on late night TV. It really means that I think like I'm 25 years old. That is the first key to slowing down the aging process folks, you have to think young. The minute you say, "geez, I'm an old geezer" you are doomed. Don't go there, ever. Stay away from people your age who do act their age and spend much of their time talking about golfing, being regular, medicare, or what motor home they are currently using. Also, don't let them suck you into conversations about what rest home or burial plot they have made arrangements for. Do not use the word "retired" in referring to yourself except to try and gain sympathy as that has some nasty implications of its own (I'll explain later)

Another important thing to stay away from aging is to never look at a picture of yourself. The picture never looks like you, it generally has
the image of some old person stuck there and you know that isn't you. You
have no wrinkles, no gray hair, no loss of hair (in my case) and no need
to be wearing big thick bi-focals. No, pictures and videos are to be avoided
unless you are good at photoshopping the pics of yourself with the grandkids. Of course, the drivers license picture doesn't count because no one looks good in their drivers license picture. Did I mention mirrors in stores? Well, avoid them because they always make you look fatter than you are. Kind of like those "mirrors" they used to have at the carnival shows.

There are some great things about aging and here is number one:
The day you turn 62, be standing at the door of the nearest ranger station so you can pick up your "golden age passport". What is great thing number two? Oh yes, the movie discount but then it drops off from there for those of us in our "golden years". Oh yeah, the word "golden". I never use that word either since the only gold you see when you reach the so called "golden years" is your own personal "gold" disappearing into the pockets of the medical establishment, but I digress. This article must go somewhere, right? Read on, it does.
My older brother is still working full time at the age of 73. When I reached the point where I was finally able to walk away from a lifetime of practicing dentistry, he urged me not to retire. Of course, I had been looking forward to having "total" free time and no longer needing to go to the office as I had been doing so for a zillion years. He cautioned me with the statement of don't retire as "retirement is death". Then he went on to explain what he meant. Most men who retire don't really last all that long after they retire because they can't handle the change in lifestyle and the feeling of no longer being useful or needed. For many men, retirement means walking away from something they actually loved to do or walking away from being important in one way or another. They end up missing it and some can't really cope with the loss of this portion of their life. Often, the man doesn't last more than a few years after retirement. Most women are better mentally and more mature than men anyway and can cope a bit better. Most women have had to spend time at home with the kids and have a schedule and routine that is better suited for "surviving" and is perhaps one of the reasons why the majority of people over the age of 80 are women.

What about those who say, "I can't wait to retire as then I can travel (or whatever, just plug in the word of the activity that is highly anticipated)
In many cases, the dream of traveling or golfing non stop really has a down side.

I could tell a hilarious story about a couple who both retired at the same time and bought a motor home to travel fulltime in. Well, to keep the story short, after just one year of traveling together, they couldn't stand each other. He couldn't stand her nitpicking (not a problem before since he was rarely home) and she couldn't stand the fact that he was truly a boring man (not noticed before since he was rarely home). She also couldn't stand the fact that he wouldn't stop at any historical road signs but seemed hellbent on getting from campground A to campground B in record time. He couldn't stand the fact that she never shut up but then I promised not to tell a hilarious story (and I'm not). To both of them, retirement was a disaster because it didn't turn out the way they expected.

I won't even start with the "I can golf forever" stories because once a person can do what they want to do all the time, it is no longer the great escape it was when they were working. The same goes with most other pursuits except for one area: Hiking and climbing. But then that is what works for me so I guess that aspect should be recognized at the outset.
My passion and salvation to surviving the "golden years" is tied to the mountains. I can never get enough and each trip to the mountains is a mini adventure of some sort or another. I am a "list" person. I am compelled to
go after things on a list but the key thing here is my lists are comprised of mountains I want to hike or climb. By being oriented to chasing peaks, I am forced to keep in shape since aging impacts your body in ways you wouldn't even dream of. First, you can't slack off or you lose ground in the conditioning arena. It is vitally important to have a regimen for fitness and to eat healthy foods. The elimination of sugar, alcohol, french fries and junk food are big for helping to stay healthy. The right supplements can make a difference but the purpose of this article isn't to offer advice on food or
what vitamins and supplements to take. That can end up being too controversial since everyone has a different take on those subjects. However, having said that, one huge key is learning to eat properly and healthy. Sugar is truly enemy number one and keeping your weight under control is imperative.

When I eliminated sugar from my diet and fast foods, I lost 20 pounds in less than 8 months.


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Deltaoperator17 - Dec 12, 2008 5:33 pm - Voted 10/10


I have 10.5 years to go. So I hope that I have half as much drive and energy as the people listed here in the year 2019.

All my best,



Dean - Dec 12, 2008 7:31 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Ok

Aha, a wannabee. No matter, you'll get there soon enough but in the meantime, enjoy every chance you get to get out and be in the mountains. I hope to do something with you this coming summer so you can hike with someone who is slower than you could ever be.
: )


Deltaoperator17 - Dec 12, 2008 10:53 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Ok

That sounds terrific to me, maybe have a mini Idaho/Utah SP gathering. That would be cool!


silversummit - Dec 13, 2008 10:13 am - Voted 10/10

I'll be joining in 4 months

I need to post more of my recent hiking pictures. Wish I lived out west!


Dean - Dec 13, 2008 11:08 am - Hasn't voted

Re: I'll be joining in 4 months

Feel free to go ahead and post any picture you like. With only 4 months, you deserve to be an "honorary" member of our "special" group. Maybe the day will come when you can move out here. Thanks for your vote and comments.


Scott - Dec 14, 2008 11:41 am - Hasn't voted

I'm not over 60

....but I attached some photos I've taken on trips of my father (64) who is over 60 and of my friend Mike Kesley (65) who is also over 60. Hope that's OK.


Dean - Dec 14, 2008 11:59 am - Hasn't voted

Re: I'm not over 60

Thanks for adding them, they certainly qualify.

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Dec 14, 2008 3:30 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: I'm not over 60

Hey Scott, great stuff! Your father looks very young, and Mike looks like a 20-year-younger Fred Beckey! Thanks for adding these! -Bob

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Dec 15, 2008 1:15 am - Voted 10/10

Another 60-something

You might want to add Don Nelsen to your list. His profile page says age 88, but I'm quite sure he's either 60 or 61 now.


Dean - Dec 15, 2008 8:23 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Another 60-something

I think Don is 61 but he was among about 9 others who listed their age as 88. I'm not sure why that age is repeated in these cases but I suspect that there are at least 5 more SP members in the 60+
arena. I added Don, heh heh, he'll not slip through the net.


cp0915 - Dec 15, 2008 12:42 pm - Voted 10/10

Neat idea, Dean...

I'm enjoying looking through the photos and hearing some of the stories.

vancouver islander

vancouver islander - Dec 17, 2008 10:30 pm - Voted 10/10

What a great idea

Let's hope you can change the title to 70 and then 80 and then.....and that we're all still in it.




Dean - Dec 17, 2008 11:38 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: What a great idea

I'm glad you like the concept and I appreciate you adding your picture to the 'dynamic' folks who are still making it happen.

Rob Thompson

Rob Thompson - Dec 18, 2008 12:46 pm - Voted 10/10

A unique honor...

What a great idea - glad to be among lovers of mountains - lucky to be around at all..


Dean - Dec 18, 2008 1:37 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: A unique honor...

Thank you and I appreciate your picture now gracing the ranks of the happy over 60 crowd that are all happy to be around.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Dec 24, 2008 10:08 am - Voted 10/10

Proof that 60 is the new 40

You people (60+ Silver Foxes!) are awesome. Thank you, Dean, for pulling this together.

I would put pictures of my folks up here, but I'm afraid that once my modest mother found out, I would effectively limit my life expectancy to my current age. Heh heh heh...we'll see.

Cheers and many, many, many more years of happy climbing!



Dean - Dec 25, 2008 5:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Proof that 60 is the new 40

thanks Sarah. I'm sure your mom would be thrilled to be in our group of folks that can still put one foot in front of the other and that her daughter is proud of her.

Merry Christmas to you and may 2009 be filled with lotsa good summits.


dan2see - Dec 28, 2008 10:31 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Proof that 60 is the new 40

No, I don't agree. 60 is not the new 40.

60 is the new 60! It's better!

When I turned 63, I started rock-climbing in the Rockies. I was worried that my age would set me apart from the twenty-something hikers and climbers. It didn't, everybody was very good about my grey.
But what did me apart was my willingness to stop half-way up the cliff, to admire the flowers on the ledges. The pause worried them, so I restrict flowers to my solo outings.


Bill_W - Dec 24, 2008 10:21 am - Voted 10/10

great going

you guys and gals are all inspiring. keep it going and happy
hiking (I'd rather fly) ; )


dan2see - Dec 28, 2008 10:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Seniors Hiking Club

The Seniors Hiking Club hikes anywhere in summer, and in winter they go into the mountains, for show-shoe or X-country ski trips.

At 66, I'm the junior member!

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