GF and I have decided to climb Mt Katahdin this Summer. We got the hiking bug late last year and did a couple hikes that really pushed us (we are in our 50's). A couple of them were spur-of-the-moment decisions that reinforced that some things should be planned and prepared for, both in equipment and physically. We are looking at mostly day hikes, something that we can start early in the morning and finish either at or before nightfall. As of now, we are in training We did 14 miles in two days in her town, climbing up and down hills, staying on streets and sidewalks. None of the hills were higher than 400' elevation, but do those several times a day over the course of two days and its a nice workout.
I'm in the process of breaking in equipment: boots, clothing, backpack, seeing what I can carry for an extended amount of time and distance without injuring myself. I found some local trails that are a mixture of woods and granite with some boulder scrambles that mimic what we will find on Katahdin. A couple climbs are 3000' hills, but nothing really comparing to the 5200' we'll climb in Katahdin. Maybe next Summer we will tackle the Presidential Range in NH. Now if I can get my kids off the couch.