Hello all,

Joined REI late last year. Nearing retirement and wanted to start getting out more. Have never hiked or backpacked in my life. A die hard indoors girl trying to make a lifestyle change for better health.

Hi @Zeta610 - Welcome to the community!

You have found yourself in a wonderful spot to learn lots and ask all of your questions about hiking and backpacking, as well as many other activities that you may enjoy in the outdoors. It's great to hear that you are looking to make some changes to better your health.

With so many different ways to be healthy and enjoy outdoors, you will get to try out what feels best for you. There are also many people here in the community who have lots of experience and are happy to share what they know with those who are learning. 

Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself! We're glad you're here.


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Welcome @Zeta610 

I’m in my early 50s and also have just started backpacking. Lots of great people and info here!

“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.” (John Muir)

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