Man if I lived closer to you I'd be all over this. I'm still learing too. Even though I'm in Maryville TN I'd be willing to join up with you in Aug for a hike and hang. FORWARNING: I"m a slow hiker. I take my time and look around. That is the part I enjoy. Covering 10-15 miles of trail without getting to enjoy what is around me is not very fun (for me anyway). I think it would be fun.
I am me and no one else can be me without my permission.