Lucky 13? This site is thirteen years old as of March 26, 2015.
Most websites have a short life judging from all the dead links I
remove and the new ones I add to my links page each year. If a site is
not a money maker it's hard to continue maintaining it. Hard to keep
adding more content year after year. So far that has not been a problem
for me. I get out on the trail most weeks and have many photos to
include in yet another trip report. Over those thirteen years I have
written 632 reports which include over 19,000 photos. I take
photos to document my hikes rather than hiking to take photos. Hats off
to the great outdoor photographers and their work. My photos are a way
for me to remember trips and to document conditions as well.
Thanks to the Wayback Machine it is possible to see what Hiking
like just a few weeks after the debut. Okay, so color choices were
not my strong suit. Content has always been my main objective. Those
632 trip reports average to 48.6 reports per year. Nearly one per week
year round. That takes a lot of time. In my opinion, time well spent.
Since i graduated from college nearly 34 years ago, hiking has been my
Along the way I have met and hiked with an untold number of people.
Some are still friends and hiking partners decades later. The Internet
has changed hiking forever. Instead of just the Mountaineers as a
source of info and hiking partners now websites like NWHikers.net
provide plenty of opportunities for new friends and copious hiking
information. Thirty years ago I figured I was the only one crazy enough
to head to the mountains most weekends. Now I know there are other
equally nutty folks.
Since I kept records of all my hikes on paper for two decades before
the Internet arrived, I was able to move all those records online. I
can search for a specific trip and see the total miles and elevation
gain I have accumulated over 30+ years. Below is a year by
year record of trip reports posted since the start of this site.
An inventory of reports shows how the site has grown.
Trip Reports 2001 - 02
Trip Reports 2002 - 39
Trip Reports 2003 - 49
Trip Reports 2004 - 42
Trip Reports 2005 - 34
Trip Reports 2006 - 49
Trip Reports 2007 - 43
Trip Reports 2008 - 56
Trip Reports 2009 - 54
Trip Reports 2010 - 54
Trip Reports 2011 - 46
Trip Reports 2012 - 49
Trip Reports 2013 - 50
Trip Reports 2014 - 53
Trip Reports 2015 - 12
Total Reports - 632
Photos - 19,242
After all these years it gets harder and harder to hike new trails in
the Washington Cascades. My goal each year is to hike ten new trails.
I've done a little better than that adding nearly 200 new trails since
this site was established. That still leaves 70+ trips each year that
are repeats. Going back to the same place has never been a problem for
me. The conditions are often different. A sunny day by a lake can also
be a sub freezing day on snowshoes. The same destination but a very
different experience. Sometimes I have a great trip and plan to come
back the next year. When I do return it might be 15 years later. Such
is the bounty of living close to thousands of miles of trails. I still
have not hiked the far northeast and southeast corners of the state.
Through hiking I have met a lot of great people. Some have become
lifelong friends. I have always done a lot of solo hikes but in recent
years, thanks to the Internet, I have found a number of friends I hike
with often. I really enjoy the group hikes and I still enjoy being
alone on the trail. Many hikes near Seattle are very crowded. I have
found it easy to avoid the crowds. Getting off the most well known
trails offers a great deal of solitude. As of this writing I have seen
no other hikers on four of my last five hikes.
While most of my hikes are in Washington state I have really enjoyed
out of state trips. I have done one trip to the Sierra Mountains and 17
hikes and backpacking trips to the mountains of central Idaho. I hope
to find the time for more out of state trips in the future.
The site has changed in a number of ways over the years. Dial up
Internet led me to have only a few small photos at first. Larger photos
would load line by line on the low resolution screens. That has
changed. I now can put up 30+ photos in higher resolution. My first
trip report has photos sized 424 x 285. Today I use 800 x 600. I need
to go back and replace those photos with larger ones. When I find the
time. Although I have had offers to put ads on my site I have always
said "no". It may not be fancy but I have chosen to pay the costs
instead of filling it with ads.
Well, that about takes care of it. Thirteen years of hiking and posting
trip reports distilled down to a few paragraphs. I have enjoyed each
and every hike and felt the satisfaction of building a site with a
whole lot of hiking content. Check back often. New reports are put up
nearly weekly. It will be fun to see what it looks like on the 20th
Jim Kuresman - 3-26-15