Me and best friend Mark at the end of our first solo backpacking trip. This was 1978, and I was 15 and Mark 16. We had talked out parents into letting us go on a 1 - week 50 miler in Sequoia Natl. park. It was huge fun, and easily the hardest thing I had done to that date. It was the Elizabeth pass loop. Photo taken in Lodgepole campground, June 1978.