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Old 26.05.2011, 12:24
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Re: "May I ask ... how old are you?" and the aging hiker

Because I don't like heights we go Cross country sking which I adore - it never fails to amaze me how many senior folk and I am talking 75+ that I see - and they always are a lot speedier than me.
I hope that I will keep on skiing till that age but as they say - If you don't use it you lose it .. very true
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Old 26.05.2011, 12:29
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Today it happened again ...

I was climbing Mount Lafayette, a neighboring mountain with 3,600 feet (1,100 meters) of elevation gain. On the final push to the summit I was going at my geriatric pace A group of three young men (definitely below 30, possibly a third of my age each ) passed me. One asked the question, and when told I was 74 said he hoped that he would be half as active at that age.

This often happens to me, in francophone Switzerland the question begins: "Sans indiscretion ...", followed by the question some might consider indiscreet.

I am ambivalent about this question. On one level, of course, I am delighted, and yes, I round my age up to my next birthday (I will not be 74 until late this summer ). On the other hand I am sad that so many younger people do not realize that this is not just me. Most active members of my generation simply have no intention of hanging up their boots (or whatever they use in their preferred activity) and leading a sedentary life.

I would love to hear from other EFers who have continued being active "later in life".
well. i'd be happy to reach 74, never mind climbing up a mountain...
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Old 26.05.2011, 12:38
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Old 26.05.2011, 13:38
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Old 26.05.2011, 17:30
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Today it happened again ...

I was climbing Mount Lafayette, a neighboring mountain with 3,600 feet (1,100 meters) of elevation gain. On the final push to the summit I was going at my geriatric pace A group of three young men (definitely below 30, possibly a third of my age each ) passed me. One asked the question, and when told I was 74 said he hoped that he would be half as active at that age.

This often happens to me, in francophone Switzerland the question begins: "Sans indiscretion ...", followed by the question some might consider indiscreet.

I am ambivalent about this question. On one level, of course, I am delighted, and yes, I round my age up to my next birthday (I will not be 74 until late this summer ). On the other hand I am sad that so many younger people do not realize that this is not just me. Most active members of my generation simply have no intention of hanging up their boots (or whatever they use in their preferred activity) and leading a sedentary life.

I would love to hear from other EFers who have continued being active "later in life".
Out of curiosity: have you always led an active/ sportive life or did that start when you were a little older? My gran's health declined fast during the penultimate winter when the streets were too icy and she couldn't go on her bike. I don't think that it was a coincident but blame it on the lack of physical activity.
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Live fast, die young, leave a good looking corpse
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Old 26.05.2011, 23:04
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Tis simply wonderful to be active later in life
Do enjoy every minute.
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Old 27.05.2011, 00:25
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Most active members of my generation simply have no intention of hanging up their boots (or whatever they use in their preferred activity) and leading a sedentary life.
This certainly applies to one of my neighbours who I regularly see setting off on his mountain walks. It's his birthday today (93rd) and when asking him if he would be celebrating with a nice walk he replied that he would be going roller-blading..... He favours a street down by the river which is newly resurfaced rather than the cobbles in the rest of the village which shake his teeth too much

Good on you OP and I hope you get the added bonus of bumping into Olygirl on one of your next adventures.
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