Long time hanger and long time lurker on the forum.
I've been a hanger for about 30 years now (I'm 55) and have been around the Mt. Rainier area since 1990. After 22 years of combing the mountain, I always find something new to explore. I currently own several Tom Claytor Mosquito Hammocks and a Clark NX 200 Cammo.
I have 2 sons and 2 son-in-laws and we've had a tradition since my youngest was 7 years old to go on several 6-10 day trek (bushwack) each year. We just completed our 23rd year doing this and had all my sons and son in laws together this past September. Our hikes are a bit different than I guess traditional hiking.
Our trips focus on going to the more unexplored areas of the lower 48. We usually spend a few months planning the trip. This is mandatory since we only take 1 day of food with us. Yes we live off what the land offers. My sons have grown up with this experience and the payoff has been tremendous in developing their self confidence and appreciation for the earth. Both are extremely successful in their private and business lives. My son-in laws have joined in recent years and I'm enjoying seeing the change in these men as they stretch themselves and realize what they are capable of. Hope to be doing this for at least another 20 years. I have to, since I now have 10 grand kids and 5 of them are boys!
Amazing that all of this started with that first night I slept in a hammock that I bought from Army Surplus in San Diego.
I'm trying to attach a pic of one of my camps at Frying Pan Lake south of Mount Rainier. Hope you enjoy!