Quote Originally Posted by youngyager View Post
For those that knew my Grandfather "Rambling Dan", he gave up his ghost today at 83 after complications from surgery. He had been in hospital care since the beginning of the summer. He spent the last few weeks in a nursing home and is now free of suffering and at rest.
He was the most influential man/person in my life. He started my love for they outdoors since before I can remember. Forever will I remember the times I spent with him camping and backpacking, especially our south bound thru-hike attempt in 97.
I met many of his class of 90 over the years and I'm a better person for it.
The AT was in his blood until the very end.

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What a tribute to generational learning and to the deep friendships that are formed in literal seconds while hiking the trail.