Hiking Northwest was born n March 26, 2002. It's hard to believe that eight years have passed by.
I began with absolutely no knowledge of HTML and no clue what I wanted
the site to look like. I had a new Olympus 1.3 megapixel camera and a
big box of thousands of prints taken over 20 years of hiking. My goal
was to put down reports and photos of all the places I hiked, skied, or
snowshoed to. For the most part I am pleased with the result. The site
has had one make over and I must admit it is not as pretty as many
other hiking sites. I do think it makes up for that with a wealth of
reports and photos.
When I started hiking I took a Minolta XG-1 slr. I have thousands of
photos from those trips that I am just now scanning into digital form.
I hope to have time to add some much older trip reports in the future.
After a while I stopped taking the camera on a trip I had been on
numerous times before. With the advent of the Internet and this site my
interest in recording my trips gained new life. Instead of a roll of 24
or 36 photos on a trip I now take three or four times as many. In these
eight years the photo count has increased rapidly to where I now have
over 10,000 photos on my site. Tens of thousands more are archived but
not on the site.
My cameras have evolved with technology. From a 1.3 megapixel camera
with no optical zoom in the first year I have moved up to my current
choices. I have a heavier Olympus E-510 dslr and a much lighter Panasonic
FZ28. With a zoom range of 27 mm (35 mm equivalent) to 486 mm it
provides nice wide angle and telephoto. These newer cameras will not
last as long as my metal XG-1 but do well for my needs.
As computer monitors have grown so have my photos. From 600 pixel width
in the early years my photos have grown to 800 pixels. The thumbnails
have grown too. I have had the pleasure of hiking with dozens of new
friends over these eight years. I still enjoy occasional solo trips but
have had lots of company the past few years. After nearly 28 years on
the trail most trips are repeats though it may be decades between
visits. I aim for 10 new trips per year but the last few years have
been even better. Twenty two new trips last year and twenty one in
2008. I have hiked over 100 new trails since starting this site.
An inventory of reports shows how the site has grown.
Trip Reports 2001 - 02
Trip Reports 2002 - 39
Trip Reports 2003 - 49
Trip Reports 2004 - 42
Trip Reports 2005 - 34
Trip Reports 2006 - 49
Trip Reports 2007 - 43
Trip Reports 2008 - 56
Trip Reports 2009 - 54
Trip Reports 2010 - 13
Total Reports - 271
Photos - 10,085
When I started there were few sites with trip reports. Now many folks
have started blogs or used photo sites to record trips. A number of
other sites have stopped updating as the authors have moved on to other
interests. For better or worse hiking is my passion and this site will
continue to grow for many years to come. The site is approaching 94,000
visits so there must be a few of you out there who visit more than
once. Goals for the next few years are to add older reports with old
photos and to start dabbling in some video from trips. I hope the site
is even better in the future. Thanks to all who have dropped by and
found something to enjoy around here.
Jim Kuresman - 3-26-10