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    Member Since May 2018

    Mark Sechrist

    Gastonia, North Carolina 

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    Mark Sechrist reviewed Avalanche Peak Trail

    9 days ago

    Steep climb, but well worth it. Great views!

    Mark Sechrist completed Avalanche Peak Trail

    9 days ago

    Mark Sechrist reviewed Teton Crest Trail

    13 days ago

    Just finished our hike. Started at the top of the mountain at Tram drop off, hiked to Death Canyon shelf for the first night. Hiked over Meek pass and Hurricane Pass the second day. Camped at bottom of South Fork Cascade Canyon on the second night. Third day, hiked up North Fork Cascade Canyon to Lake Solitude, over Paintbrush Divide and camped at Holly Lake for the 3rd night. 4th day hiked out to String Lake parking lot. Weather was incredible, sunny with highs in the 70’s, night time lows in the 40’s. When folks say this is the best backpacking trip in the lower 48, I’d say I believe it. We saw coyote, mule deer, moose, black bear, and mountain goat. It is challenging! Had to hike over some snow in Paintbrush Canyon, trekking poles were good enough to make it across. My wife and I had the time of our lives!

    Mark Sechrist completed Teton Crest Trail

    13 days ago

    Mark Sechrist reviewed Virginia's Triple Crown Loop

    2 months ago

    We started 1:00pm from Andy Layne parking lot Thursday 1:00pm. We did North Mountain first. Arrived at Dragon’s tooth parking lot at 7:30pm. Set up camp on Boy Scout trail along the creek. Hiked Dragon’s tooth Friday morning leaving our packs at our campsite. After Dragon’s tooth, picked up our backpacks and headed towards McAfee Knob. Arrived at Catawba campsites at 6:30pm and were too exhausted to push on to McAfee that evening. Saturday morning hiked to McAfee Knob and went on to Tinker Cliffs. The views from the lookouts are all they are advertised to be. Just beautiful! The hike down Andy Layne to the car seemed like it took forever. We made it to the car at 4:30pm Saturday afternoon. Very challenging and hard hike for us. Awesome views from the lookouts!

    Mark Sechrist reviewed Turkey Path

    9 months ago

    We did this hike New Years Day 2019. It was a great hike! The waterfalls were raging after all the rain yesterday. It was awesome! I highly recommend this hike!

    Mark Sechrist completed Turkey Path

    9 months ago

    Mark Sechrist reviewed Twin Sisters Peak Trail

    12 months ago

    This is a great hike with beautiful views of Longs Peak! This was one of our favorite hikes after a week of hiking in RMNP including Long’s Peak.

    Mark Sechrist completed Twin Sisters Peak Trail

    12 months ago

    Mark Sechrist reviewed The Keyhole and Longs Peak via Longs Peak Trail

    12 months ago

    We summited Long’s Peak yesterday 9/18/18. We started on the trailhead at 2:45am and made it back to the car at 5:15pm. This is an intimidating, grueling hike. My body hurts all over. My wife is 53 years old, I’m 54. We trained for this hike. We hiked Half Dome on Yosemite in June and wanted another challenge. This hike is much more challenging due to the altitude, exposure and weather. People were turning around at the keyhole saying it was too dangerous with the windy conditions. We almost turned around also. We decided to go a little distance on the ledges and the wind was less there, so, we continued on. The trough is very tough. It seemed to take forever. The narrows was frightening. Homestretch scary too. But, we made it. Incredible views on top! Worth it all! We didn’t see anyone our age on the hike. We were the old people. Best advice I can give you is take your time, every place you put step, make sure you are on solid rock, and hug the walls on the ledges and narrows, keep your balance and you will make it. One small mistake could very well be your last.

    Mark Sechrist reviewed Half Dome Trail

    about 1 year ago

    My wife, 3 daughters and 2 son in laws left Happy Isles parking lot at 4:45am. We reached the cables at 9:30am and made it to the top of Half Dome at 10:00am. We enjoyed the views for over 2 hours and started down the cables at 12:15pm. We arrived back at the parking lot at 5:15pm. I am 54 years old, 6’ and 165 lbs. My wife and I trained for this day. We hiked around our home town with backpacks and 10-15 lbs in them to get ready for this hike. I’m glad we prepared. It is a difficult, strenuous hike, but worth every single step and sore feet and muscles. We wore Merrill hiking boots and used Camelbak backpacks with water bladders. I drank 3 liters of water from the backpack and 2 -16 ounce water bottles. I ate 3 Clif 20 ounce protein bars, 3 packs of PB crackers and 1 banana during the hike. We also used a Sawyer mini water filter and used it. The pictures and memories will last a lifetime. The Park rangers were checking permits and I’m glad we had ours. The pile of gloves at the bottom of the cables are not there. I’m glad we had ours. We used the nitrile gripped kind and they worked great. When we got down from the cables, we ran into people that didn’t have gloves and we gave them ours. If you do this hike, make sure you have gloves for the cables. This is certainly a hike of a lifetime!!

    Mark Sechrist completed Half Dome Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Mark Sechrist reviewed Mist Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    We hiked this trail yesterday 6/25/18. It’s a great hike! We saw a Momma bear with 2 cubs. The falls and the views are outstanding! The mosquitoes were bad at spots. Use bug spray.

    Mark Sechrist completed Mist Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago