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Those poles are a proven commodity! You burn more calories when you use poles, and they help w/ stability and balance, you get more of an upper body workout than you would without the poles. I highly recommmend poles as well.

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Sara - Good for you! Sounds like an excellent hike. My husband spent 5 summers in Yosemite working the camps (college years). He knows the area like the back of his hand, which makes it even more fun.


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Still getting ready!

I'm still training with Hike for Discovery for an event in Yosemite this summer. I'm being conservative right now and aiming for one of the 12 mile hikes, but just between us, my heart is on Half Dome.

The hardest part has actually been the fundraising. But, it's worth it to know its all going to Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

This weekend was our longest training hike yet. We were on the Morgan Trail in Cleveland National Forrest, and it was roughly 10 miles with a 1200 ft elevation gain. I was pretty wobbly at the end, and now I'm a believer in the trekking poles for the longer hikes.

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I'm a beginner hiker, and seeing as there is still lots of snow on the ground here in Newfoundland, I won't be getting out to hike anytime soon.

However, I have a hike planned for me and my man on his birthday (May 12th). The hike will be Topsail Mountain, in CBS (about 20km outside of St. John's), and its a 3km hike (return). I've done this hike before, but it was years ago, so we'll see how we do haha.

But I'm looking forward to the melting of the snow so that I can get out there!

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We got in a 15 miler today, it was warm and beautiful here in California. I'm a little sun burnt, darn it. We may do a shorter hike tomorrow along with our swim.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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buttonrahrah...don't let the cold keep you indoors! We go hiking in the wintertime over here in Shennandoah all the time and it's beautiful. You can get better views of some of the animals that come out because there aren't any leaves to hide behind. Go on, try a winter hike!

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Wow, everyones' talks of hiking are making me so envious!
Stuck here in cold Michigan, my hikes have been reduced to indoor track walks/jogs...it's really no comparison.

I'd definitely like to get going this spring!! I have plans to take my boyfriend on a hiking trip in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Pictured Rocks!!! It's so beautiful. There is a good 13 mile loop that we could do in one long day or in an overnight ..and the views are spectacular.

Long term, I'd like to get out west and do some hiking. It's been about 6 years since I've been able to do anything long term out there. I'd eventually like to get to Montana or California again and do a week long 70 mile trip. Those are the best. It'll take some planning though. I'll have to freshen up my skills :)

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I had a great valentine's day! The husband and I went for a 2 mile hike, which was climbing climbing. Not just a leasurly stroll through the mountains. it took us a little over 2 hours, and I even ran parts of it when it was more strait and not climbing rocks. (that was on the way down though hehe) I'm so sore! But I love it. Need to do that more.
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Orthotics are shoe inserts to help the foot for some conditions. I had some custom made by a guy that does ski boot inserts and also for golfers. Mine are sort of all purpose, but I have the opposite problem you do, I have a really high arch, and he measured my foot, and had to add cork to the insert to beef it up to support my foot in the boot. I also found out I was buying too large a boot, likely to compensate for the wideness of my foot and the high arch. When I step down my foot grows from a size 6 to a 7.5! It's a little crazy.

My boyfriend went to the same guy to get a shoe insert (orthotic) for his flat feet, so they are good for all kinds of foot issues.

You can also get a prescription orthotic from a dr, most likely a podiatrist. My sister went that way. Otherwise, they have inserts that are more genenric at shoe stores and sporting good stores, like "goodfeet" and the like. Some have a more custom fit than others, but I don't particulary know about the size issue. Maybe try an online search? I would think someone out there specializes in large size shoe inserts.

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What's an orthotic? My feet are so flat they're almost round like a bear paw, but at least they kept me out of Viet Nam.

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I'm getting all excited now. A friend and I signed up for Hike for Discovery, and fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We are going to train for a hike in Yosemite this summer, and ofcourse, raise some money in the process. I've already started to get a few donations, and are first training hike is next Sat. I'm really looking forward to finding new places to go hike, and meeting some fellow hikers.

Speaking on orthotics, does anyone know where to find larger sized ones? My poor boyfriend needs some for his flat feet, but he wears a size 18!!! It's hard enough to find shoes that don't cost an arm and a leg, but the orthotics have been pretty elusive so far.

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Brokenwhisper - You can get custom made orthotic inserts directly from the web. My husband's podiatrist suggested he order his that way because it was so much cheaper. I ordered some too and have been really happy.

I have different sized feet, so I feel for you. It can be difficult when you are not "standard" sized.

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I wish I knew more specifically about either of those locations other than I've heard of them. We've just been here a couple of years. I know in the fall they complain in the Bear Valley area of town here about black bears digging in their trash and being a nuisance. Also when the salmon start to run they say the bears are there in the evening for the salmon feed but haven't seen them yet - down at Herring Cove. I'm guessing if they have any sort of guarentee to see bears that it would be worth the trip. Wildlife is normally unpredictable. Seems like you see them when you're not looking for them like the moose in downtown Anchorage when I was up there a couple of days ago. You'll see a lot of beautiful country at any rate. It's in the mid-40's and sunshine here today - absolutely beautiful. We're getting ready to go out and drive our Honda scooters around for awhile.

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Craigemoen - we were looking at booking some excursions in ketchikan and I was wondering what you know about the areas. They both are bear watching one is in neets bay and the other in traders(??)cove. Are you familar with those areas? Which would be a better bear watching experience?

We are also stopping in icy strait for a day. are you familiar with anything special in that area?

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Hey, if you do the Alaskan cruise, give us a call for a free tour of Ketchikan! The cruise ship docks are right in front of our window. Pretty nasty today, but in the summer it's glorious.

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Try cutting the insert to fit your shoe. My boyfriend does it all the time w/ those gel inserts. Just pull the liner out of the boot to use as a template and cut away. If it doesn't fit w/ the insert in, just use the gel.

Thicker socks is a good idea too, look for one w/ extra cusion at the ball of the foot.

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I wish i could wear those gel inserts... but lots of them I cant seem to find in kid sizes, I wear a size 3 hiking shoe! LOL But I have heard those insoles do wonders! Plus thicker socks sometimes helps me!



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Maybe you need boots with a thicker sole? or try some inserts, maybe those gel inserts. I have a similar problem when I wear some of my heels, and found these little pads that just go over my toes and cushion the ball of my foot, and that actually felt much better.

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I love to hike and can't wait to go again...planning one for this Spring as a matter of fact!! I have one question though....does anyone have any advice on how I can get the bottoms of my feet to not hurt so stinking bad when I hike on rocks....they feel so bruised when I am off the mountain and kills me to walk the next day!?
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I guess if you had to delay your honeymoon, you picked a great place to delay to! I'd love to go to Alaska some day, it's definitly on my hit list.

Keep up that walking, and you'll be in good shape by summer for that planned hiking and biking on your cruise.

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First week went well... second week can only get better! My husband and I started to look at all the excursions we would like to do when we go on our alaskan cruise (delayed honeymoon) this summer! We are looking at tons of hiking and biking! I cant wait! Now I just need to get in better shape! This week I want to do some more excercising. I am a sped teacher and got a few teachers to walk during our 30 minute lunch! Plus being sped I walk all around the building daily! I just started high school and the building is three times the size I use to walk when I taught elementary! Hopefully this will help with the low calorie diet! I love reading your site, everyone's adventures just inspire me more to get out in the cold and enjoy it!
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short hike yesterday in Cades Cove - Great Smoky Mountains NP. Beautiful weather, a few deer/turkey. We've been in a drought and the water was up and flowing - wonderful to see after everything being so dried up or extremely low.

Hope to head to Charleston, SC next week for walking and then Frozen Head State Park the weekend after that - weather permitting.

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I have to agree with Craig, snowshoeing is a great way to hike in winter, you really do warm up with the activity, and you burn more calories when it's cold out too!

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Boundary Waters - which lodge are you staying at? The boy scouts let me go with them in July. We were out of Seagull Outfitters. I got to portage 1 year and last year needed to sit camp - we had too many older leaders going and were concerned about health emergencies even tho' the kids we go with are awesome. I hope to portage this summer, but will have to wait and see the mix of participants.

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You're really missing something if you've never hiked in the winter, and snowshoes are way cool. Just put warm clothes on and the hiking will keep you warm. That way you won't have an excuse, and in fact you might look forward to it!

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Hello all, This is my first week and so far so good! I cant wait till spring to get out and go hiking. I am in Colorado, right now I am surrounding in snow... perhaps I should try ot get into snowshoeing..but the cold deters me, I rather stay nice and warm by the fireplace heheh one step at a time! But I am excited to find this group! I look forward on more chatting! Have a super weekend!
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Have fun! I've really enjoyed winter camping, even with 3 season tent, it is so nice and clean!

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there's no wall, but no windows and it's made out of thicker fabric and it's got a lot of poles to hold up against snow. I'll let you know how it works. I hope well. I'll try to load pictures to my computer quick too.

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We hope for a full report with pics here at the Hiking Team! Have fun! I haven't tented in the winter since I was a teenager. A 4 season tent - is it a wall tent with a stove in it? Up north Alaska they use white canvas, sometimes double fabric, with a chimney hole and a wood stove inside. Keep the fire going (that's the key) and you'll be plenty toasty.

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It's our first time up there, havn't even been in the summer yet, so the first two nights we'll be in a lodge (there's having a dog weekend and we're bringing our german shepard) The second two nights we'll camp. We have a new tent and it's 4 season and pretty impressive. I'm excited.

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Oh wow - I'm jealous. That's big snow country up there. Sounds way cool. Do you do tent then?

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boundary waters is this weekend.

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I'm going up to the boundary waters in upper michigan for a 4 night stay. 2 nights in a lodge, 2 nights winter camping. We'll be snow shoeing and x country sking a lot. If I havn't introduced myself, I'm Melanie.

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Sounds like a lot of fun, Craig!

Wish I could go with you!

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Taking the huskies up to the mountains this weekend. I just got a couple of small wide-mouth thermos things from WalMart and figure I'll pack some lunch. And bring a few bisquits for the boys of course. I've only used my new showshoes once so far, and the dogs loved the deep snow.

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I am resolved to look online or something for groups in my area who go hiking. I really miss it.

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Our highest point here is the Butte. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the top. I like to bring the kids along since they like the hike too.

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Just thought I would check in here. We got a hiking buddy for Christmas, a Australian Cattle Dog, he is just a pup right now, but loves to walk so we are excited to be able to take him out in the woods as soon as the weather is a little nicer.
Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

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I'm going to try to do another overnight in a couple of weeks if the weather will cooperate. I was hoping to find someone in my area, Roswell GA, that was willing to go with me, but most just day hike during winter months.

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You can find hiking clubs on the internet, I have hiked with Sierra Club quite a bit, and it can be anywhere from really great to get me out of here and away from these people! depending on the group, group size, and leader.

I think there is also "national trails day" coming up, I recall last year there being something like that in the winter to promote snowshoeing, and something like that in the summer for trail building.

Check out sites like "backpacker" I bet they have info on events like that.

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I don't know of anything like that, no... but what fun would that be? Well, if it wasn't TOO huge, anyway. I think it seems to be more small group (because I get totally REAMED by EVERYBODY if I hike alone *pouts*) because it's easier to enjoy the surroundings when you're not in a crowd of people. Having hiked in some of the popular National Parks I can vouch for crowds taking something away from the experience.

The closest I know to something like that is hiking clubs. *makes a note to check into something like that*

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I realize that hiking tends to be a solitary or small group event. But just curious - anyone know of hiking festivals - like maybe a Hikestock or something? Might be cool.

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Our Alaskan Huskys LOVE to hike - actually run. On weekends we get out into the forest and mountains and they run up and down the trail. By the time we've gone one mile, they've probably gone 5!

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That sounds fun!

My dog was my best hiking buddy, but unfortunately he got old, then shattered a leg and we had to have him put to sleep. He was a yellow lab/greyhound mix.

I've never found as accomodating and pleasant of a hiking companion since.

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Thanks to my dog, I've been hiking almost every day. It's only about an hour each time and it's definitely not the most challenging trails, but we have so much fun. We've especially enjoyed the New England snow storms since it makes the hikes more challenging, especially his fetching since his balls immediately sink into the snow and he has to dig them out with tail wagging.

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Glad to hear it worked for you, and happy that you are active again. I just hate it when I'm sidelined by injuries or illness.

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I picked up an anti-inflammatory (Alleve)as you suggested and it did wonders. I was able to walk on Saturday and this morning with just minor discomfort. I took it about an hour before I walked....I could still feel it, but not nearly as severe. Thanks for the suggestion.

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I think what helped a lot w/ that problem was finding shoes that did not put pressure on the sensitive area. May be what the heel lifters are doing for you. I wore a lot of backless shoes at that time. Maybe you can find some shoes that do that to work out in, it may take some looking.

Also and anti-inflammatory may help w/ the pain, just get the swelling down if that is what is causing the problem.

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It is the back of the ankle. Still very painful. I've found that a heel lift gives walking relief because it puts additional pressure on the toe instead of the back of the foot. Let's hope it gets better. I have got to get back to some cardio...I've put on 2 lbs.

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I had something like that years ago, I think it eventually went away, I was not very proactive about it, but then not that active at that time either. I think I wore shoes that didn't put pressue on that area and that helped. Is it the back of your foot or the bottom? You said achilles so that makes me think the back up near the ankle. Otherwise it could be plantar fasciitis. Either way the stretching (gently) should help. Hope it gets better soon.

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I took my walk this morning...or at least 3/4 mile. My heel hurt at first, but as it warmed up, it got tolerable. I found some "care" online, with some stretches and exercises. It also recommended cold packs 3 times a day. Oh my...like I have time for that.

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Oh gosh, I had this about two years ago and it's so painful. Mine was tender and flared up for several weeks and I finally went to an orthopedic specialist--who did a bunch of expensive xrays and sent me to get custom orthotics! That's what really helped. And gradually it got less tender--although the bump is still there--and I was able to resume exercising. They also gave me a bunch of special stretches to do. Good luck!


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Anyone with a remedy for achilles heel? Swollen and painful, I haven't been able to do my morning cardio walks, much less hike.

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Gandy glad the hike went well. And that you had a great time!

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Gandy, that sounds like a triumph! I always try to remind myself that becoming fit is more than weight and minutes exercising a day--it's the key to being able to do cool things like your trip which make life richer and more fun. Glad it went so well!

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Hiya Captainserious; that trip to Patagonia sounds really cool. I'm in Colorado so elevation is the thing around here. Your short hikes in VT sound like a good idea, but aside from that, the thing I always hear around here is to drink lots of water to help your body produce more red blood cells (carry oxygen) and avoid alcohol. Would be very good if you didn't try challenging hikes until you had been there a few days. But if you're in good shape, your body should acclimate quickly. Have fun!

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I just got back from my 3 days at Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness in DeRossett, TN. I had an absolutely wonderful time and was more comfortable climbing out than even 15 years ago. Thanks SP.

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Hi Everyone! I know I haven’t posted here in a while, but that is because what started out as a season in which I planned to do tons of hiking turned into…”the year of the lost summer.” To make a long story short, life and work has been utterly ridiculous, making any outdoor time virtually non-existent.

However, I’m heading to Patagonia in November, and a lot of the time we’ll be hiking—at elevation! I’m so excited, but also a little concerned because I’m “rusty.” I’ve begun hitting the gym fairly regularly and seriously, but I know I’ll be a bit worried until I’m there, and able to successfully do what we set out to.

Any ideas/tips on things I should be doing to get myself ready? Are there certain exercises that are better than others to prepare oneself for a trip like this (no backpacking, just day hikes) or for exercising at elevation? I am hoping to get in a few short hikes in Vermont over the next couple of weeks, but I know that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Any suggestions?

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I'm on the other side of the US...just north of Atlanta. My 4 mile hike into Big Creek Wilderness area this morning was more than I bargained for. I came home with severe cramps in my lower right leg. I've been drinking plenty of water today, but it is still painful. My hubby thinks that I need to stop walking for a few days to let it heal, but I'm afraid I'll lose ground preparing for the Oct hike, just 3 weeks away......I just don't know what to do. Help.

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I found a great entry level hike close to my home (on a fire road emoticon ). I can't believe I have lived here ally my life and never took this hike. I didn't get as afar as I would like because my son pooped out, but I might try again earlier in the morning and see how he does. You are supposed to be able to see the ocean from one point. Either way, it was great.
Any Californians here?

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Sounds like you have a great training plan! Have a great time!
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I actually talked to a trainer that was telling me that hiking involved more use of the core muscles for balance and stability on irregular surfaces. I have weak ankles, so she suggested that I wear an ankle brace or ace bandage. October 15 is the date and we will be hiking in on a Friday and out on a Monday. It will be 2 adults and 2 children ---in one tent, but that will keep us warm at night and less weight to carry. I sure wish I could get a deal on a pack stove. Mine is old fashioned and too heavy.

I've started carrying a 10 lb pack during my mid-day 2 mile walk. and wearing light ankle weights for the early morning walk and evening walk. It has increased my weight loss progress as well as preparing my back for the hike. However, all my day walking is on city streets.



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absinthe, it totally makes sense. I was very suprised to find that regular hiking has improved my sciatica and plantar faciatis where simple walking down my waterfront road makes both worse. I have decided it is something to do with the irregular nature of the hiking trails. To hear you call it an irregular footfall sounds like you have found something similar. I think that is why hiking is so many more calories than walking. Somehow when there is no pattern to the motion it keeps more muscles involved in balance and reacting to changins surface. Well that's my theory anyhow, cause it doesn't really make sense that the pounding I sometimes give myself on a rough trail could actually make my symptoms better, Go figure.
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I think I do better with an irregular footfall, if that makes sense. I don't like hiking on roads, gravel or any consistent surface, really. It is a part of hiking, but I like to minimize it as much as possible

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What is wrong with fire roads? Here they are just a double path the landowners use to get to their woodlots. Often the Bruce Trail (single wide scratch in the vegetation) runs along the top of the escarpment and is quite irregular, up and down, rocky, bumpy, mooshy, whatever then at some point you come to a blue marked trail that provides access to a road, a parking area or often a loop of trail that accesses a special feature like a glacial pothole or a specail lookout. These loops very often use the fire breaks and are much easier to walk back than the spectacular main trail.
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Tomorrow I am doing an easy 5 miler up Stockbridge Mt. It is with the AMC & is supposed to be a mix of trails & fireroads. Everything else they had I think would be too hard. I wish it was a bit longer and I am not fond of fireroads, but I'll take it.

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Llamas would be great. I personally would pefer a horse, but where we hike a lot they don't allow animals except dogs on the trails.
We haven't done the overnight yet, but I have carried a pack before and it doesn't bother me. We did just go to my parents this weekend and my stepdad had a ton of backpacking stuff (all still in its original boxes) from when he backpacked in Alaska. What was best was it was all stuff that they really haven't made anymore improvements on. And he had a North Face tent that is hardly used, we were pretty excited cause it saved us a ton of money.

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Rosie: I am exactly the same. My packing consists of a small pack that my son likes to carry to hold his water bottles,binoculars, etc. I am definitely not a day or more hiker either. If I want to drive to a new area, I go early so I get out before dark. Sounds like the trails in your area are very pretty. We have lots of trails where creeks run down from the mountains, but due to the lack of rain this year, I noticed on my hike today that many places were dry or way below the usual. This has been a record-breaking temperature and drought year for us, and I imagine that fall this year will not be as pretty as it usually is for this area.

Jhedrick: I agree with you. If I had a huge dog to carry things and I had a heavy pack, then I would for sure give it to the dog. Speaking of having an animal to carry things, I saw a first for today. About 5 minutes after we came off the trail today, I saw this couple coming down the street with llamas carrying their packs for them. I have seen lots of horses on those trails, but never llamas. They looked so cute and happy to be there.

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Our friend has a yellow lab that he is training to carry her own stuff. She is almost 80 pounds so I told him forget just her own stuff have her carry some of his too. Would help lighten the load.

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Sounds great Misty, My hiking started as taking the dog for an off leash run. Because I live next to the Bruce Trail that's one of our places to go, now I hike 4 times a week, but I am stricktly a no pack 1/2 day hiker, even as I drive further to get to another portion of the trail. The Bruce Trail goes from Niagara Falls to Tobermory at the end of the point of land that sticks up between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, it travels along the Niagara Escarpment and through some of the most populous areas in Canada as a slendor corridor of woods. Up at this end it is more remote but there isn't any real hill climbing as for the most part it goes up and down and up and down along the one cliff face for nearly 900 km. In this area most of the trail has water overlooks to the right (if you are northbound on the trail) and some of the views are spectacular as the water is crysal clear and very deep. This year is the 40th anniversary of the Bruce Trail Association and they have 40 half day hikes posted on their web site for you to print and explore. 40th Anniversary celebration hikes on September 28 and 29, Tobermory, Ontario. www.brucetrail.org , Promotions, eh, and me not even a member either, well next year I will join up.
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Hi all. I am not really new to Spark, but I did take a 3 month break. So, I am starting anew so to say. I used to hike all the time until I started college, work, etc. Then the weight continued to increase, and the motivation began to drop. I really hope that I can build up to longer trails as the weight comes off and get back to hiking more often.

This weekend, I am going on my first real hike of the year. I have done some nature-type trails but nothing too long. I am meeting up with some friends to hike a small portion of the Appalachian Trail- called Max Patch in Tennessee. It is about 4-6 miles round trip with some hills. Going to be a little rough for me, but I am looking forward to it. I have never been there before, but I have heard the area is really popular due to the beauty and wild blueberries. Wish me luck.

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You have to carry enough water for 4 days? No water source at all? I usually carry only about 4 liters of water and depend on iodine/filter for water sources on the trail.

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Cattle Dog/Border collie mix

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What kind of dog is he?

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Hello everyone, I'm taking my dog (who's 10 months) on his first big hike today. I'd like to train him to carry small packs (mostly his stuff) so we're going up Mt Ashland to the PCT.

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I haven't made my own jerky in years, but I may give it a try before Oct. I'm sure worried about the weight. We have had such a drought, we will have to carry in all our water.

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Dried fruit, nuts, tuna pouches, jerky. If you make your own jerky, you can use turkey. If you are packing a cooking burner, dried soups, minute rice, couscous.

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Sounds like a fun time. Peanut butter, trail mix, granola are all I can think of right now.


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I've not been backpacking in over 15 years, but my daughter has planned a 3 generation grandmother, daughter, 2 granddaughter trip to Virgin Falls, in White County Tennessee between Sparta and DeRossett. It is "Strenuous" and was the last backpacking trip that I did, but my daughter only remembers it as one of her favorites with me, so she wants her girls, 8 and 10 to experience the best. I'm considering wearing a support on my right knee as it is pretty weak, but I'm more concerned about carrying a 30 pound pack. It is only 4 miles in, but rocky and steep. The worst is coming back out, but of course the food has been consumed by then and the pack is much lighter. Now...what do I take food wise for 4 days?

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