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5/31/12 4:19 P

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Do you have a good pair of hiking boots? If not you should go to an outdoor store and get some so you can get them broken in nicely before the hike. Once upon a time the rule of thumb was 50 miles on a pair of boots but I think with all the gortex and softer leather that isn't the case as much anymore.

and good socks - hiking socks like Smartwool and liners, maybe liners I wear liners but they may not be necessary with good hiking socks.

One thing about the boots make absolutely SURE they're not too small. Most of the time there is a little ramp thing at outdoor stores so you can point your feet downhill and make sure you can't feel the end with your toes.

Yea I'm going on and on about the boots but having a blister or other foot issue was ruin your day and the next couple of days too.

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5/12/12 10:15 A

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And actually going up more slowly is better for acclimatizing as well....the goal is to hit the top, not to be the fastest one there!

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5/10/12 10:08 A

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I did a mountain about that weight last year, when I was about your weight. It wasn't too hard, even though it was DEFINATELY at a higher altitude than where I live. If you wi;ll be starting out at a higher altitude than your home, you need to also take THAT into consideration. Arriving a few days in advance and doing smaller hikes can help with this. Three years ago when IO was much heavier, 2000 feet altitude gain was not possible. In the Intervening 2 years not only did I lose to about what your weight is today, but I walked DAILY.
I hiked the mountain with my thiner-than-me brother, who spent much of the year at that altitude. Going up I was sl;ower than him (not used to the elevation of the rockies), but coming back I was in much better shape as my daily walking for an hour plus had given me stamina that my brother just didn't have....

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4/23/12 3:10 P

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Here is an article on training for hiking.

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If you search their site that have info on just about anything related to hiking and backpacking.

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4/23/12 12:39 P

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great advice! i never considered the fact that i would need to have a back pack with water and food when i go up there. I will add some weight to my workout today to help me get use to carrying weight!

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4/23/12 12:37 P

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ooo, love the pictures of the deer. Id love to get the chance to be that close to nature. fingers crossed in as lucky.

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4/21/12 11:48 P

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You are getting great advice - I'd add that it might help to look for good hiking shoes or boots to wear and start wearing them NOW so your feet get used to them - another way to get ready for a harder hike is to wear a backpack with lots of water in it - the more weight you add to your workout, the stronger you will get and then going uphill will seem easier without carrying so much weight.

Any strength training you can do to strengthen your legs and 'core' muscles will help a lot - the core muscles help with balance. Strengthening the entire body is also good but unless you are climbing boulders, you won't need arm strength to do most hikes. Another good thing to do is stand on one foot to improve your balance - you can do that any time you are just standing like at the grocery store or any line - also calf raises. One thing I do sometimes is stand on the edge of a curb with my heels unsuported, then I go up on tippy-toes and then back down, lowering my heel below the level of my toes - that strengthens the bottom of your feet, which also helps with hiking.

A 10-mile, 2500' gain hike is very do-able, although not something most people can do without some conditioning - the suggestion about stairs is a very good one. If there is a tall building somewhere nearby, go up as many flights as you can without stopping and do it frequently - that will help you build up your cardio as well as leg strength - even a 2 or 3 story building can be used for that but it's even better if you can go up more flights in one continuous effort.

Good luck and HAVE FUN!!!

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4/20/12 4:09 P

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Great advice. I always walk with poles now. Uphill is harder on the calf's, downhill is harder on the knees. Here are some pics:
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4/20/12 12:48 P

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great advice! thank you :)

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4/20/12 9:13 A

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Maybe find some stairs and walk up and down those? The key is to practice going up and down hill for the elevation gains and losses (lots of folks find downhills to be difficult because of their knees, if you have this problem, poles can help unload the pressure on the knee)

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4/19/12 9:41 A

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Thank you! I will start doing that. But in a week I will be moving and I wont have access to a treadmill.

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4/18/12 11:36 P

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If you're looking for gym workouts, you might want to start on the treadmill and start doing intervals on a high incline. That would be good for hill climbing, put the speed about 2-3 MPH and go for the highest incline you can manage.



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4/18/12 7:30 P

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Im sure I will too! thank you!

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4/18/12 7:20 P

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Cool, we can work with this. Hiking is really beautiful and I'm sure you are going to love it.

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4/18/12 7:11 P

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I don't think I have ever walked for more then a few hours without a long break in between, and those walks would have minimum hills. they are not planing on taking a break, because they want to beat their speed form the year before.
I am moving to St. Johns NL in a week, but I wont have a car, so anywhere I went would have to be in the city limits. I don't know what they have in regards the hiking trails, but i'm sure I will start asking around once I get there.

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4/18/12 7:00 P

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Here is a web page that I found:
http://www.grosmorne.com/activities.html
My guess is you are doing the Gros Morne Mountain hike which is about 10 miles round trip (5 in and 5 back). If it's only about 2500 feet elevation gain, that is about 500 ft per mile which is easy to moderate. I will look up some training tips from Backpacker and post them. What is the farthest you have walked? How far can you walk now? I will post later several of my hiking pics. It is my favorite form of exercise. Do you live in Canada? Depending on where you live, I can look up some local trails in your area for you to practice on.

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4/18/12 6:34 P

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Its in gros morn national park in Newfoundland Canada. I have never been there so I have no idea what its like, but I've been informed that it takes about 7-8 hours to the top and back. i think that includes a bit of a walk to the mountain. i think that is the highest point of it, but again, i really know nothing about hiking.
i appreciate any help you can give me!

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4/18/12 1:00 P

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Welcome. Where is the hike located? Is that elevation number the max height or the elevation gain? Do you know how long the hike is (sounds about 10-12 miles). If you can get me some more specifics I can give you some good ideas on how to prepare.

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4/17/12 11:29 P

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Hey everyone!
I have never actually went hiking before, but my boyfriend and his friends have planed a trip in august and invited me along, hence the reason i have joined the sparkpeople program just moments ago! I have no idea what to expect, its about a 6-7 hour hike, according to wikipedia, the mountain is 2,644 ft/806 m. i dont even know how big that is! I am not at all in shape for this, and I'm a little worried i wont make it to the top and embarrass myself in front of all of his friends!
Any advice on what to do to get in shape for this?

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