Bob's Piece in Backpacker Magazine

The following picture and text appear in the April 2018 issue Backpacker Magazine, page 74. I'll be doing autographs after the show, folks. No need to crowd. 

The Testing Life

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I had a stroke in February 2017. I had secured a permit to the John Muir Trail before that, though, and used the possible trip as in incentive for rehab. I walked, adding more distance and weight, hiked around our foothills for three months, and headed off to the JMT in July. My diminished balance made crossing streams in the Sierra more difficult, but I was actually stronger than when I did it in 2016.  Bob Shaver