still fuckin with climb cuz climb pays: the ILX hiking thread

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I do a lot of hiking in the GSMs.

Here is my foot on top of a waterfall:
(fuck ankle support, I guess)

I did twenty miles the other day (Cooper Road and Rabbit Creek trails). It was a bit O_O because all the black bears have just come out of hibernation. Got to campsite and saw this:

The bears were nuts all day! Saw more than I ever have in my life. Any of y'all ever been approached by a bear?

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Saturday, 16 May 2009 22:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

jesus christ are you serious?? you actually saw bears for real?? think i'd probably have a heart attack. did get pretty excited when we saw deer just a few feet away from us when hiking out at the marin headlands, but then i get excited about seeing squirrels.

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

I saw a ton of bears, one ran right across my trail. Some more experienced hikers have told me not to worry about bears and that if a bear attacks you just whack it on the nose, as if you are punishing a child, and it will run from you, "probably". Shit like that makes me feel pretty amateur hour.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

what kind of bears, like how big? i got scared the first time i saw a sign warning about mountain lions, jordan couldn't understand till i explained to him that in nz the scariest animal you can encounter in the wild is a boar.

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

i wld be afraid of a wild boar!

i used to be terrified of mountain lions but i never actually saw one.

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

also: 20 mi sounds insane! the most i've ever done is probably 7, and i was pretty fucked afterwards.

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah but you don't really see them all that often xp

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

the first time i saw a snake (it was about 7") while hiking was also freaky, but i managed to get photographed with it

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

I saw a ton of bears, one ran right across my trail. Some more experienced hikers have told me not to worry about bears and that if a bear attacks you just whack it on the nose, as if you are punishing a child, and it will run from you, "probably". Shit like that makes me feel pretty amateur hour.

― (b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, May 17, 2009 12:06 AM (8 minutes ago)

what the fuuuck

k3vin k., Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Justine, they were black bears, like this one:

Although tbh one of them that day looked like this:

I saw some bear TRACKS that were scarier than any bear I've ever seen, though.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

See, bears don't want to fuck with you, though. If you make noise on the trail so that you don't sneak up on them, and if you don't mess with them, they're not a danger to you at all. People get really freaked out by bears but I think they've only killed maybe 2 people ever in the Smoky Mountains and one was an idiotic baby who was taunting it and its parents let it and the bear just swiped at it and it died. No one had ever been killed by a bear in the Smokies until 2000. IIRC that incident had something to do with a girl gathering blackberries and there was a bear inside the bush.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

They are mostly sweet, and want to leave you alone and be left alone, in my experience. This is why I don't bushwhack much during non-hibernation periods.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

so they're not huge, right? maybe the same height as an average person, standing up? tbh, that cub is too cute for words and i'd have to be restrained from attempting to pet it and consequently incurring the wrath of its mum

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

when we went to the zoo last year we spent aaaaaaaages hanging out talking to 'ting ting' the sun bear

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

I saw many deer while I was on the trail at night. I was under the impression that deer were diurnal, but I kept hearing all this rustling around between 10 and midnight. I'd flash my light over thinking it was a bear, and it'd be some beautiful deer just prancing through the forest.

xpost yeah most of them are about person sized or smaller that I've seen, there are some fucking huge mamas out there though. The babies are embarrassingly cute, and tumble around in trees and try to get you to pet them so that their moms can kill you, it's terrible

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

i don't like hiking but this thread title makes me really really happy

first you get the monkey, then you get the power, then you get the women (hmmmm), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

it was this or niggaz with altitude

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:38 (ten years ago) Permalink


ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

North Face backpack where I'm hold'n all the work at

umma doomie (Curt1s Stephens), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

haha the other day me and my hiking buddy were on a trail and we passed this huge lump of white animal hair and i was like "what could this possibly have come from?" i picked some up to inspect it, saying "haw, im disturbing this ecosystem." my buddy was like "yeah, and it's disturbing me"

i wish that could be our hiking club's motto somehow

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

I can't wait to get this:

pretty much the most metal looking thing ever

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

On my last hike I totally ran out of water! I was only a couple miles from the endpoint, though. Next time will take two of the above.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

That is pretty metal. How many ounces?

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

it's 33 oz

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

am also considering the nalgene flask

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

I ran outta water on a hike in Arizona once, a day into it (which meant a day's hike out in ridic heat w/o water). It was kinda scary at first but we found a big tree, all by its lonesome, and sure enough there was a little water hole next to it.

SQUIRREL WITH A PEOPLE FACE (╓abies), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

cute! tbh i passed lots of creek (the trail was called rabbit creek for pete's sake) but i'm to chickenshit to drink much out of creeks

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

i got sigg bottle today but it is purple with pretty swirls because i like things that are purple.

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

woah nalgene flask is neat!
btw i was at eastern mountain sports and EVERYTHING is 20% off!

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

i know, i am crazy about that flask

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

man, i wanna go hiking

geekquel (latebloomer), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

there are many great options nearby, lb!
jones gap :D :D :D
used to do table rock a lot when i was a kiddie.

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

also the dupont forest has really cool waterfalls.

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

man i miss the smokies so much. i don't think i ever did the rabbit creek/abrams loop. out of cades cove, we used to go up to gregory bald a lot. and spence field, i love that hike. also did a lot of day-hiking up from the cosby side. and from newfound gap. (charlie's bunion!) you know the whole time i was there, i never hiked the chimneys. some things to do in the future.

these days all my hiking is urban. which is fine and i like it, but it's not the same. i really loved getting up, stocking up, driving out and spending the whole day walking. then a big dinner and beer somewhere. (if we went up out of townsend we'd stop by that mexican place in maryville on the way home. los something-or-other.)

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

chimneys suck imo!!! 2 miles straight up a bunch of red clay mud and 2 miles straight back down where you just came from, and the view is great of course, but there are a lot of great views in the smokies. i dread going up there, you didn't miss anything

my favorite short hike is alum cave bluffs, nothing else like it

i'm waiting for azalea season to do gregory's bald! did andrew's bald and it was really miserable, but i picked a stupid time of year to do it.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh man there is nothing better than finishing a huuuuge hike and just chowing down on the way back through townsend at the heart and kettle or something

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:42 (ten years ago) Permalink


(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

saw three of these peeking out from a tree and was just like "do not want to be eaten by the inevitable mom" and ran through a trail junction

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah you want the azaleas in bloom for sure.

the contours of the chimneys is why i never did it. once i got out there i wanted something more immersive than that, i guess. i love the rhythms of a nice long hike.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

i think cucumber gap is the best short, completely easy hike

also love house mountain in south knoxville, so cool that a hike like that is just right there

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

hahaha, i must hike this!!!!

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

house mountain is more northeast than south, isn't it? out rutledge pike? but yeah that's a nice near one. that's where i saw a whole flock of wild turkeys try to take flight. they made it up into the lower branches of the nearest tree.

i did some hikes around oak ridge, don't remember if it included HAW ridge.

also good: frozen head.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

Haw, I totally meant East Knoxville

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

and big south fork! site of my bachelor party. granted there was less hiking than drinking and whatnot involved there. but there's some great hikes too. east tenn. is really A+ for hiking.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:57 (ten years ago) Permalink


i wish i had a pic of the sign at abrams falls

"four people have died here! please do not be next"

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 06:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

20 miles in one day? that's some serious hiking. what kind of elevation gain?

there's a million place to hike in the East, and it's good to get out there in the fresh air (smokies haw) and go up and down and such, but there's not a lot that's as interesting as most of the stuff in the other half of the country. i gotta start doing some stuff here though in preparation for out there.

"the whale saw her" (gabbneb), Sunday, 17 May 2009 06:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

in hawaii there were massive warning signs about swimming in waterfalls and getting caught in riptides and swept out to sea. it was scary but also kind of gnarly and awesome.

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 06:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

we've been out to the marin headlands a few times this year (san francisco), i like it because it's all open hills, beautiful views of the ocean, and this totally weird-ass old military stuff (like forts and stuff).

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 06:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

re that nalgene drink bottle: nalgene is responsible for making a lot of the equipment involved in animal testing (battery cages, immobilisers, restraints etc), fyi.

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 06:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

Just in NH a few days, sadly. Making the most of it tho. Chocorua today, maybe something in Presidentials on Fri.

tobo73, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 15:07 (four years ago) Permalink

think I'm doing a truncated pemi loop this weekend with a friend

gbx, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 16:38 (four years ago) Permalink

Tomorrow I will take a whirlwind overnight camping trip, during which I shall set out a couple of food caches for a 16-day backpack I'll be taking soon, on a 130 mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail in southern Washington State. WA got a fair bit of snow last winter, so I'll probably be hiking on snow for some of those miles. Too late to adjust the timing of my hike, so I will just adjust myself instead.

(yer welcome ciderpress. sharing my pics is fun & I'm glad you enjoy them)

frog latin (Aimless), Wednesday, 16 July 2014 17:35 (four years ago) Permalink

Did Chocorua today. Cloudy but the rain ended just as we were setting out. Couldn't believe we only saw 6 ppl all day long. Usually that my is so busy. Lots of fun!

tobo73, Thursday, 17 July 2014 03:28 (four years ago) Permalink

evans notch/rt113 over by the maine border is my main hangout in the whites; north&south baldface, caribou, speckled are all really nice peaks without much as much hiking traffic as the big name ones to the west

ciderpress, Thursday, 17 July 2014 18:15 (four years ago) Permalink

Would love to check those out someday. Tmrw is my last in the Whites this year and I am bringing 3 (very hearty) 12-year-olds to hit Mt Washington. We set out at 7. Weather looks perfect. Pumped!

tobo73, Friday, 18 July 2014 03:12 (four years ago) Permalink

man bondcliff is frikkin great

gbx, Monday, 21 July 2014 13:15 (four years ago) Permalink

i have yet to make it out to bondcliff but everyone i know who's been out there has said it's the best spot in the whites hands down

ciderpress, Monday, 21 July 2014 13:37 (four years ago) Permalink

it's pretty great. 360 views, low traffic (though still busy-ish, given that we were there in the highest of high seasons)

gbx, Monday, 21 July 2014 13:57 (four years ago) Permalink

man bondcliff is frikkin great

Completely. Can you get in there and back out in a day? I've only done it as part of an overnight.

tobo73, Monday, 21 July 2014 17:36 (four years ago) Permalink

we did it as part of an overnight, but it'd be doable i think

we did back-to-back days of 13-14mi, and i think that going there and back would be 16ish? big day, but within the realm of possibility

gbx, Monday, 21 July 2014 17:59 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

How I spent my summer vacation. This past summer I hiked 140 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. It rained the first two days. A lot. On the third day out I found a big tree.

A few days later I saw a nice sunset over Mt Adams.

When I reached Goat Rocks Wilderness, there were wildflowers to look at.

Also, there were some nice rocks to see there.

I slept in a tent every night. I woke up early. Sometimes it was too early.

When I finished hiking after 16 days on the trail, I felt pretty good.

Aimless, Thursday, 16 October 2014 01:24 (four years ago) Permalink

very cool!

tobo73, Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:41 (four years ago) Permalink


gbx, Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:38 (four years ago) Permalink

beautiful! what a nice way to spend a couple of weeks

john wahey (NickB), Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:42 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Today I hiked 12 miles with about 3000 feet of elevation gain and loss up through a lovely forest, near Mt Hood. I hiked to the summit of East Zigzag Mt, which is especially cool because it is named "Zigzag". I'd post a pic, but Flickr has decided I no longer exist and I haven't yet bothered to find a free alternative I can use to link my pics to ilx.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Sunday, 26 June 2016 03:44 (two years ago) Permalink maybe? Would love to see one, your pics are great! I haven't done any hiking really around Mt. Hood, how long of a drive was it to Zigzag? I gather you're in the Portland area? Your dispatches from the Wallowas upthread are fantastic, a quick peek at a map says those are a ways away though, haven't had time to get much further than the Gorge lately, on account of a very small human in my care...

What is your go-to spot in the Gorge? I just discovered the Coyote Wall area last year, and I haven't gone anywhere else since (besides Elowah Falls but that's kind of like my church)

it's sort of a layered stunt (sheesh), Sunday, 26 June 2016 07:15 (two years ago) Permalink

My go-to spot in the Columbia Gorge has been discovered by the masses and no longer is the peaceful backwater it was just a decade ago. The trailhead at Herman Creek provides access to several trails:

  • Herman Creek trail
  • Nick Eaton Ridge trail
  • Gorton Creek trail to Indian Point
  • PCT to Benson Plateau
  • PCT to Dry Creek Falls
But nowadays the trailhead is choked with cars even on weekdays unless you arrive very early or are hiking on a drizzly day in March. I now avoid it during the summer.

On the right sort of day in October, hiking up past Multnomah Falls toward Larch Mountain is great (once you leave behind the crowds at the top of the falls). Multnomah Creek above the falls is quite lovely and has several more waterfalls worth seeing.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Sunday, 26 June 2016 17:57 (two years ago) Permalink

Guess I can't be mad about more people going hiking, though the solitude vibe is a big one for me. Elowah used to feel like my little secret, and the last time I made it out there the row of cars lining the road was straight outta Eagle Creek.

That's another point for Coyote Wall though, tons of trails, very few hikers if any, and plenty of tiny lizards and deer and I even saw a lynx once! Or it saw me anyway, kind of spooky!

Haven't ever ventured further than the top of Multnomah, I will remember that for October thanks!

it's sort of a layered stunt (sheesh), Sunday, 26 June 2016 20:14 (two years ago) Permalink

A great resource for local Portland area hikers is

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Sunday, 26 June 2016 20:47 (two years ago) Permalink

best ilx thread title ever

pleas to Nietzsche (WilliamC), Sunday, 26 June 2016 21:19 (two years ago) Permalink

i'm going hiking tomorrow

assawoman bay (harbl), Monday, 4 July 2016 01:49 (two years ago) Permalink

hope you bring a jacket

kind of lolth but mostly strahd (los blue jeans), Monday, 4 July 2016 02:01 (two years ago) Permalink

Hiked out of the Grand Canyon after a rafting trip last week. Bright Angel trail. Not exactly the road less travelled but it was pretty wild. Starting in total quiet at sunrise and finishing in the middle of a huge mob at the rim.

The rafting portion is HIGHLY recommended if you ever get the chance

tobo73, Monday, 4 July 2016 02:34 (two years ago) Permalink

was in ny not md so no jacket needed. this hurt so bad. i can't even walk now. i hated it.

assawoman bay (harbl), Monday, 4 July 2016 21:43 (two years ago) Permalink

just got back from a great hiking trip in Oregon

here i am atop Triple Falls in the Columbia River gorge

woman in the dunes, Tuesday, 5 July 2016 02:47 (two years ago) Permalink

Nice. The Columbia Gorge is so full of waterfalls I sometimes forget how amazing they are.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Tuesday, 5 July 2016 04:55 (two years ago) Permalink

assawoman bay (harbl), Tuesday, 5 July 2016 12:00 (two years ago) Permalink

wow, woman in the dunes !

was that taken by a hovering helicopter

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 5 July 2016 13:09 (two years ago) Permalink

ha no.

it was taken from a cliff on the other side. the trail curves along a ridge on the right, out of view of the photo.

woman in the dunes, Tuesday, 5 July 2016 18:54 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

This summer I've been forced by circumstances to forego backpacking trips and most camping of any description, but I have been able to get out for some day hikes.

The last two were a hike of 13 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain, and another of 12 miles with 3000 feet of uphill. Both were forested hikes with few expansive views, but on those two hikes I saw a total of three other people on the first hike and not another living soul on the second! I hope to get another similar hike in this week, but it's been hard to get away from my responsibilities long enough to take a whole day away.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Tuesday, 13 September 2016 03:43 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

love stuff like this

F♯ A♯ (∞), Thursday, 23 February 2017 18:20 (two years ago) Permalink

That's for a 500 mile thru-hike. Thru-hikers on the PCT cover 2650 miles and what that does to their bodies is a bit more extreme and not quite as benign. By the end of the hike they are usually burning muscle mass, not just fat.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Thursday, 23 February 2017 18:36 (two years ago) Permalink

ya i wouldn't want to do 2650 miles in nearly one go

once you reach a point where you're burning muscle mass, that's where i draw the line

F♯ A♯ (∞), Thursday, 23 February 2017 18:49 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

i think if my grand plans to date someone who likes real hiking (and driving to awesome hiking spots) are to truly pan out, i need to buy some new hiking boots or at least trail runners b/c he's not going to be convinced by my ol' new balance running shoes.
― obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn)

Thru-hikers seem to like running shoes. Here's a pair of New Balance after 900 miles:

Wes Brodicus, Monday, 23 April 2018 16:45 (one year ago) Permalink


Wes Brodicus, Monday, 23 April 2018 16:49 (one year ago) Permalink

i don't hike but this thread title always makes me smile

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 23 April 2018 17:48 (one year ago) Permalink

I do hike. I switched over to trail running shoes about eight years ago. I haven't had one blister on my feet since then.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 23 April 2018 18:33 (one year ago) Permalink

I have recurrent ankle issues so I just wear ankle brace when going on long or difficult hikes. Can't remember last time I actually wore boots.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 23 April 2018 18:54 (one year ago) Permalink

I have an ancient pair of Timberlands I still wear if I expect to encounter snow or especially rocky terrain. A couple years ago my buddy and I came across a guy trying to traverse a pretty steep snowfield in toe shoes. I gave him my Tims and he went across, then my friend brought my boots back and I went across. It was pretty funny, and he smoked us out for the trouble. Anyway, yeah trail runners are nearly almost always fine. I’ll often wear Chaco sandals for summer hikes with a lighter pack.

sciatica, Monday, 23 April 2018 19:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Aimless those are great pics upthread from 3 years ago. That’s my neck of the woods. Love it.

sciatica, Monday, 23 April 2018 19:27 (one year ago) Permalink

i was forcibly converted to trail runners over boots almost twenty years ago when someone stole my treasured asolos while they were drying outside a hut. never looked back. also a chacos guy in the summer (tho i just replaced my ten yr old pair of those with the even more minimalist and v weird looking and v comfortable bedrock sandals)

gbx, Monday, 23 April 2018 23:26 (one year ago) Permalink

really stoked to do some hiking up in the pecos this summer

gbx, Monday, 23 April 2018 23:27 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This year may not yield many backpacks or camping trips, but I am getting in some nice day hikes in the area. Yesterday I was able to get out for a 13-mile round trip to the top of a small local mountain (Salmon Butte) with 3100 ft. of elevation gain and loss. that's my most strenuous hike so far this year. Had to hike up through the clouds/fog, but broke out into sun on top. Had the place to myself. A very good day!

A is for (Aimless), Saturday, 9 June 2018 04:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

has anyone hiked a decent chunk of the trans canada trail? I have questions.

also, for anyone who's long-distance hiked, anything you wish you'd brought that hadn't occurred to you? or essentials you found yourself unexpectedly reliant upon?

Simon H., Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Anyone have experience with the hut system in the Dolomites? Thinking I might have 5-6 days there in July. Looks awesome but I haven’t done a ton of due diligence.

tobo73, Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:11 (two months ago) Permalink

My long distance hikes top out at 210 miles once, and 140 miles a couple of times, which are not particularly long as distance hiking goes. One thing I can say from experience that, once you have a well-thought out and refined gear and clothes system, then managing your pack weight becomes almost entirely a matter of managing your water throughout the day. Knowing ahead about water availability on your day's route is extremely valuable information, if you can get it.

More generally: don't skimp on your sleeping bag and keep it dry. In the cold, wet, windy conditions that conduce to hypothermia, your sleeping bag can save your life. I never hiked far enough to pound my feet all to hell, but foot problems are the most common physical reason long distance hikes fail, followed by other repetitive stress injuries. Mental exhaustion actually sends more thru-hikers home than physical injuries.

Good luck.

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Thx a lot A. I have a good sleeping bag and I'm doing tons of research on where and when I'll be able to resupply.

Simon H., Thursday, 14 March 2019 01:27 (two months ago) Permalink

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