Okay, I won't feel so bad I can bench 80lbs (well, I will try on Monday) after 8 months and pretty much lifting around 70-75 for the last several months.
Last night I was hiking with a guy who asked me how many days a week I go hiking. I told him only one. He said that's not much to stay in shape for hiking. I told him I lift weights during the week and that's all it takes to keep me in shape for hiking. He said he hadn't lifted weights since high school (in his 60s). I should have asked why, but the rest of our conversation made it sound like he figures it's too dangerous and that hiking every day is healthier. I don't know if it is or it isn't. It's maybe more fun to hike every day if you have the time. I know from my experience that trying to hike every day takes up a lot of your time and you begin to resent how much time you spend getting exercise when you could be doing other things. Lifting weights is a lot more efficient use of time, that's for sure.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 180 x 2. Current Deadlift: 230 x 2