too old?

too old?

Joined: April 21st, 2003, 5:30 pm

September 2nd, 2017, 7:29 pm #1

I 68 and wife 62. I want to trip in Sept, but wife feels she maybe couldn't handle it. I feel good about doing it ( a canoe trip, silly). We canoe locally a lot. We've been on many canoe trips in the BW, but none the last seven years peferring long day hikes in Michigan. Should I go with her feelings or push a bit. Note, we hike a lot incliuding a trip last week at 10,000 feet with long day hikes in Wyoming. So, we ...... What do you think? I have doubts if she has doubts.
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Joined: March 9th, 2011, 9:04 pm

September 3rd, 2017, 11:04 am #2

I haven't faced this but know I will before too many years go by. My hope is to simply plan less strenuous trips. As Bette Davis said, "growing old is not for sissies".
Just one more portage.
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Joined: November 27th, 2004, 5:28 pm

September 3rd, 2017, 5:50 pm #3

I 68 and wife 62. I want to trip in Sept, but wife feels she maybe couldn't handle it. I feel good about doing it ( a canoe trip, silly). We canoe locally a lot. We've been on many canoe trips in the BW, but none the last seven years peferring long day hikes in Michigan. Should I go with her feelings or push a bit. Note, we hike a lot incliuding a trip last week at 10,000 feet with long day hikes in Wyoming. So, we ...... What do you think? I have doubts if she has doubts.
There are different things you can do to mitigate the concern. Since I am over 60, I have started to take a Garmin Inreach SE... Satellite Communicator. With it, each day we can send a message back home saying we are ok... also could send for help in case of emergency. It gives us and those at home peace of mind.
You can also pick an easier route, where you only go a short distance in and base camp and also stay off the big lakes.
There is always the option to stay at a national forest campground at the edge and day trip in.
Good luck with your decision!
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Joined: April 21st, 2003, 10:42 pm

January 13th, 2018, 10:50 pm #4

I 68 and wife 62. I want to trip in Sept, but wife feels she maybe couldn't handle it. I feel good about doing it ( a canoe trip, silly). We canoe locally a lot. We've been on many canoe trips in the BW, but none the last seven years peferring long day hikes in Michigan. Should I go with her feelings or push a bit. Note, we hike a lot incliuding a trip last week at 10,000 feet with long day hikes in Wyoming. So, we ...... What do you think? I have doubts if she has doubts.
... you are never too old. Accomodation and adjustment is the key. Stay at a cabin, use a power boat, day trip from a campground, stay in an RV. Whatever you need to feel comfortable is okay. You will never push as hard as when you were 19 years old. Reset your goals based on your limitations and keep going! Good Luck.
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