shrimpwd wrote:Shelter would be more important than toothbrush/toothpaste, IMO.
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Now for some potential help. Can you REALLY walk the 14 miles in a single day, even in inclement weather, starting later in the day, or if you needed to take a different path home? I'd suggest finding something small that could fit in that empty space, and maybe weigh less than 3.4lbs? (to keep the pack under 20, of course) Shelter would be more important than toothbrush/toothpaste, IMO.
jnathan wrote:That's the tough question, isn't it. At 3 miles an hour, you're on pace to walk 20 minute miles. I'm fit enough to walk 14 miles in a day, particularly since the grades here aren't bad at all I'm positive it's very doable. But assumption is the mother of all f-ups and I have no idea what might prevent me from doing so.
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KentsOkay wrote:Love how a thread on hiking somehow ends up with twisted balls and lubricating your body in animal grease.
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shrimpwd wrote: Can you REALLY walk the 14 miles in a single day, even in inclement weather, starting later in the day, or if you needed to take a different path home?
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jnathan wrote:I've looked at picking up a USGI poncho for some time. They seem to be priced at about $40, which is a bit steep for a poncho but won't break the bank. My only hesitation is that I don't want a woodland camo poncho. I did find this one, however: http://www.uscav.com/Productinfo.aspx?productID=7555&TabID=548 which will eventually be available in OD green.
jnathan wrote:Food is something I've debated for some time. I eat about 4000 calories/day and while I'm tempted to put more food in, I have a tough time justifying the added weight.
jnathan wrote:I've looked at picking up a USGI poncho for some time. They seem to be priced at about $40, which is a bit steep for a poncho but won't break the bank. My only hesitation is that I don't want a woodland camo poncho.
squinty wrote:Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim, zombies gotta shuffle around and eatcher brains. Why do sharks eat divers? Why not swim around and starve to death?
Why do tornadoes zero in on trailer parks? Why not just blow around harmlessly? It's the way of the world, man.
Glennbo wrote:Walking 14 miles in one go???
If you're in as good of shape as claimed, and are determined to do it in five hours, I'd first off ditch everything besides your pocket EDC and an energy bar, extra footwear, some foot care products, and a gallon of water. And don't stop for anything! Travel light, light, light! If it's really five hours you're talking about what will you need all that other stuff for within that five hours? For a mental security blanket? The fact is you're only going to need it because it's slowing you down so much to carry it in the first place!
Glennbo wrote:It starts raining? So you get wet. Big deal. So you get bit by some bugs. Big deal. The sun is beating down? Put some sunscreen on before you leave, or stuff the bottle in your pocket. Why would you start a fire? You're walking home ASAP for crying out loud! What's with the extra clothes and toiletries? You planning on a sleepover? Apparently you're not planning to quickly walk home. You look to me like you're planning to camp out somewhere at some point. Fine then. I understand, because...
In my experience everybody has an exaggerated concept of how far they can walk in one day, especially with a bag, and what they need to have with them when they do. I know I did. After five miles (two hours) I was trudging more and more slowly. You can't maintain 3mph beyond the first 5 miles. I know I'll personally never make it more than 10 miles in one day. But I'm just in average shape.
Whatever load you wind up with, I strongly suggest taking a day off and giving it a serious trial run. I'm willing to bet with what you're currently planning to carry it takes you 10 hours at least, and once you do get home you'll be good for nothing except collapsing. But once again, I'm using my own physical abilities and experiences as a base reference.
Ditch it all except for the foot care and water and you'll make it in five hours.
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