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3/3/17 3:54 P

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I've hiked my whole life, so I've never had to "train" for a hike (though we just do day hikes typically 5miles or less.)

Now, however, I will be carrying my daughter in a pack on my back. It's a lot tougher! So I will "train" (a.k.a. do local hiking/walking with her before we go on our camping trips) now!

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3/23/16 10:48 A

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I would recommend doing squats. I do squats every night before going off to bed and that helps tremendously. The first time I hiked the grand canyon, I couldn't believe all the different spots I was hurting. I did the squat challenge the next year and it helped a ton.

However, the squat challenge does take it a bit overboard. Last year, I did about 100 - 125 squats a night before sleep and that seemed to be plenty for the hike. Just start about 2 months prior to your hike. You can start with 20 squats and work your way up to 100 (adding about 5 squats each night).

On the pack, be sure you pack smart. Are you packing in your food & water? Will there be spots to refill your water along the way and be sure to take water tablets for purification if you have to fill up from a stream or other water source.

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1/29/16 12:20 P

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I don't believe we will actually be walking on the glacier during the hike, but I could almost use some of those yaktrax on the trail near our house, though there are some clear patches.
I'll be really careful with the hydration bag!!!!


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1/29/16 9:09 A

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I've had them leak, mostly from the mouthpiece over time. Also if you don't tighten the connections enough, but anything can become damaged, and then could leak, so I'm not sure why the salesman wouldn't admit that, except he is trying to sell them, and they are more expensive than a regular bottle. I think if I was buying new, I might look at the collapsible water bottles.

Will you use crampons on the glacier? Yaktrax are fairly cheap and give you traction on ice, I just got a pair for around 20$ on Amazon...haven't had to use them yet, since our ice has melted, but we're supposed to get some snow this weekend, so I may have the opportunity soon!

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1/28/16 12:13 P

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I took my boots outside for the first time yesterday. The trail near our house turned out to be much slipperier than expected. I guess the milder weather had melted some of the snow, which then refroze as ice as soon as the sun went down.
|i will take your suggestion about the water possibilities. I asked the guy in the store if they ever leaked and he said no!!! I'm glad you mentioned that they can.

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1/27/16 9:27 P

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I think you may want to practice the water too....I've used both, and the hydration system is nice for convenience (you don't have to fumble around for your bottle when you get thirsty) but they can leak (not fun!). Keep in mind that even though it may hold 2 liters, you don't have to fill it all the way. and sometimes it's hard to fit in the pack with all your other stuff if you do fill it up. Also, both systems will get lighter as you go along, since you'll be drinking from them! So if you can try a hike (or walk around) with both I'd say go with whatever is more convenient for you.

I don't usually bring a pillow as my sleeping bag has a pouch I can stuff my clothes or down jacket in to make a pillow for sleeping! You might see if they have something like that, it's a weight lowering thing, and the more you can pack that has multiple uses the better!

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1/27/16 8:41 A

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Thanks for the advice and encouragement. I may get to practice sleeping outside. I plan to go camping with one of our daughters, once we get through winter. I am already 'practicing' sleeping with a small camp pillow. Once I can do that, I'll add the sleeping bag (on the bed) and work up from there. We will be renting the mummy bags and pads when we get there, (none of the sleeping bags wee own are good to minus 10 (Celsius) or light, so I am going to see if I can borrow a mummy bag to 'practice'.
I will definitely do as you suggest and pack as light as I can. Not changing clothes every day will also discourage the mosquitoes!
Do you have any recommendations as to whether to use a hydration system or a water bottle? My new backpack has a spot for the hydration system, but it seems to me I would be carrying more weight that way, as I would be carrying two litres of water as oppose to half a litre at a time.

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1/26/16 9:30 P

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Ah, so it sounds like a backpack trip! Will you have any outdoor practice with the sleeping before you go?

Some things to consider, pack as light as you can! I would weigh everything and take the lightest gear (even down to a spare pair of underwear!) because the pack weight is the hardest part. You want supportive shoes, but also lighter is better there, I think I've heard a pound on your feet is like 2 in your pack...

As far as sleeping, what is under your bag may be more important, it's hard to sleep on hard ground (at least it is for me!) We have thermarest type pads for car camping and closed cell pads (called a z-rest) for backpacking. Also, get the lightest, but cushiest one you can! Your back will thank you!

Most important, have FUN!

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1/25/16 5:29 P

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I am new to the team, but I am definitely training for a hike. It will be a 5 day hike in Greenland in July. I walk a lot, but I am brand new to hiking.
I am currently at about an hour a day on the treadmill (12% incline, 4kph) I just bought my backpack on Saturday and walked with it empty on Sunday and with a couple of things in it today. I'll add a little more each week. I also do push ups and dumbells. My biggest training challenge, I think, will be sleeping in the mummy sleeping bag (I haven't slept on my back in 50 years) and outdoor "field stops". I would certainly appreciate any suggestions on training from any of you.

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2/12/15 8:38 A

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We have lots of hills (and mountains!) too, love 'em!

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2/11/15 9:13 A

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Thank you! It'll probably be hilly trails. There are plenty of hills around here to practice on. :-)

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2/11/15 8:33 A

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Do you have a particular trail in mind, or just general conditioning for hiking?

Walking is good, since that's what hiking is, just on different terrain. Will you be hiking a flat trail, hills? Are you looking to hike off trail?

If you are looking for conditioning (strength/resistance moves) for hiking, think about lower body work like step ups, squats, lunges. If you want to use poles you can throw some upper body in like a row movement; And core strength will be helpful as well, plank variations would be good. You can find these on SparkPeople in the fitness section, they have lots of demos from beginner to advanced variations. Start at the beginning, and see how far you can work your way up!

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2/10/15 8:06 A

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I used to hike. But with the caregiving I have to do my walking and hiking has vanished. I will have to start all over again from the beginning. It takes a long time to build up the strength and conditioning, but no time at all for it to go.

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2/10/15 4:47 A

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Not quite sure what a hike is but I'm training for it! Starting with increasing my walking distance so I do an hour each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, an increasingly longer walk on Saturdays, and short walks on the other days. Did 5k in 60 mins 22 secs yesterday.

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