Map, Compass & GPS

Map, Compass & GPS
Wild flowers along Fall Creek on the way to the Green Lakes - Oregon

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Journey of a Lifetime

Backpacking the Muir Trail at 70.  This story appeared in the Bend Bulletin on 2/1/2013. 

By Fred Swegles / The Orange County Register

To celebrate his 70th birthday, all Steve Netherby, of San Clemente, Calif., did was hike California’s fabled John Muir Trail.

A former camping editor of Field & Stream magazine, he trekked 29 days — all solo except for the last six days, when Kathleen “Kat" Cobb, a San Clemente resident and fellow board member with the San Onofre Foundation, joined him for the final rugged 50 miles.

In all, Netherby covered about 250 miles, lugging a pack that weighed 44 to 50 pounds. He took on the 211-mile John Muir Trail from Yosemite Valley to the peak of Mount Whitney, the highest summit in the lower 48 states, at 14,505 feet. It was his seventh ascent to Whitney’s summit.

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