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Furthest Hike you've Taken #146711 05/24/03 09:07 PM
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What's the furthest you've hiked in a single stretch - not just a single day, but a series of days in a row if applicable.


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Good question, Lisa! In one day, my longest hike was 40 miles - but this was on paved roads (long story). My longest backpacking day was 27 miles, up in the Sierras at King's Canyon National Park. That was a fantastic day! Sore feet, though!

My longest backpacking trip was three weeks long, and encompassed many miles. I really don't remember how many miles. I can travel at a pretty good clip when I manage to keep the backpacking load down. I find that carrying capacity is key to moving well. I'd rather not have a stove at all, and eat cold food, than tote the weight of a stove and fuel, for example.

Of course, when basecamping, it's totally different. Then we all hump in lots of fresh food, firewood and coolers...LOL!

But that is off-topic. I am wondering about other people. What are other's longest miles?

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My younger sister is the champion hiker in the family, and last year she and her boyfriend spent 11 days hiking all the way around Mount Ranier. I think they had four food drops spread out at the different ranger stations so they could be out that long and not collapse from carrying all they needed.

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Food drops are a good idea. Your sister was smart. You can travel a lot fastere and more comfortably when you don't have to hump all your chow for a long trip at once. And, of course, you can then have fresher, more appealing food, when you pick up each drop.

On my various 21-day trips, I generally had at least one resupply. It makes all the difference!

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This will sound puny to you REAL hikers, but it's a good story anyway.

We (my traveling buddy Marisa and I) were in Uzungol, Turkey, a tiny little village up in the Black Sea Mountains. We had decided to take the mini-bus to the last stop and then just start to walk, as far as we could go. The folks at the Trout Farm Hotel there in Uzungol were so APPALLED that two women (sans men) were planning such a thing that they called their friends up in the last village on the road, 17 and a half miles away. They came back to us wreathed in smiles and bearing packages of food for our hike.

We had planned to camp out when we got tired, but after their kindly telephone call, we were expected at the headman's house in the village. People were WAITING for us. So on we trudged. Up and up. By the time we got there, you can imagine we were exhausted! But the ladies of the house immediately took us in, plied us with hot black tea, and showed us our bedroom.

So...17 and a half miles. Uphill. All day. In the Black Sea Mountains.

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Wow, Trish, that's awesome and outrageous! What a worthy day and how wonderful a reception from the village in question. Stories like that remind me that many people in the world are loving and generous - even to strangers - and that maybe our species will make it after all.

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It's true. I've found people all over the world that were incredibly giving, incredibly caring, and incredibly open to new experiences and new people. The key is just getting off the beaten track and putting yourself in their path. That's a scary thought for most people. Exposed? Vulnerable? But only in our vulnerability do we give ourselves the opportunity for magic and wonder!

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It is sort of amazing that you can travel thousands of miles to get to somewhere - and then just by hiking around the area you can still get to spots further than some of the natives have gone. I suppose it takes a brave spirit to reach the unknown - whether that's a thousand mile journey or just a journey over "that hill".

I've read about people who were proud that they'd never travelled more than a few miles from where they were born. It's certainly nice to be really familiar with your roots. But it's also nice to see other things, so you can put your own world in context.

But I guess as I think about it, what if you're just really content with your home and life? If you "risked" the travel, what if you now became less satisfied with your home life? Maybe this would be a bad thing? I *love* travel myself, but I can see how this might be a real risk for someone who can't travel a lot and who was ... until that time ... really happy just being home ...


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Interesting you should bring that up, Lisa. I was talking to a woman just two nights ago, in Carthage, Texas, who claimed she had no desire to travel and that her world was just great right here at home. She wasn't curious about the Eiffel Tower. She didn't care if she ever saw the pyramids in real life.

My own experience is that both of the things you mention happen. Travel makes me less comfortable about my life at home, and also makes me REALLY appreciate what I have. I don't think you can really travel and not find, out in the world, better ways of doing things, better attitudes, better values. You come home seeing for the first time flaws that were simply invisible before. But a critical spirit is a good thing. It makes the choices we finally make more meaningful.

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I agree, Trish, about developing a critical spirit. It's interesting that some folks are just happy to stay in one place, and I can't say I really understand that. But if they are spiritually happy right where they are, I think that's fantastic.

Me, I've always been a bit of a gypsy. I LOVE the Southwest, and am happy enough mainly exploring it's nooks and corners, but I also ache to get back over to Europe...explore more of Italy, for example, and hike around in Wales and Scotland.

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My hiking stories are small. I hiked a lot on the Appalachian Trail with my family when I was young, because we lived in South Central Pennsylvania. It was me, two younger siblings, my parents, and a dog, so we didn't get very far in one day. I don't know how many miles it was, but a day's worth of hiking, minus rests/food breaks. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I also hiked in Colorado in a suburb of Denver with my friend for about two hours, at a national park, and along a trail by the gorge near Portland Oregon. Small accomplishments, but fun hikes all the same!

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Wow, cool hikes, Anita. Even short trips can be very memorable.

What was the Appalachian trail like in your area?

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It was a fairly easy hike, with a big wide path and not too many hills. Mostly we passed other families, or old men with dogs, so I believe it was an easier section than some of the rest of it. It of course was very pretty as well. There were lots of places on the side to rest and rocks to climb on when we got bored. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I was a child and a young teenager then, so very active. Right now if I tried it, I might find it a bit harder, but I remember it as a very relaxing, fun, family hike area. We usually hiked the Southern Pennsylvania and Maryland part of it. Although my brother and father went on week-long or longer hikes with father/son groups at church and they made it much much farther South.

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That's pretty cool. I've never hiked the AT, but I have done sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, which is spectacular.

There are other thru trails in the works, like the Colorado Trail and and the Arizona Trail, which are always being improved and finding more hikers each year.

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My furthest hike was up the Barr camp Trail in Colorado. You start in Manitou Springs and end up at the top of Pikes Peak. That was probably the most gruelling because of the altitude changes.... but another "hike" I went on was in Basic Training....we hiked out to our FTX location carrying our 50lb rucks and a 40lb weapon...I also had to lugg along the ammo(all blanks of course) for the M60 machine gun...my buddy and I were in charge of it...I carried the ammo and my own M16, and she carried the M60 which weighed about 75lbs....that was a tough one. At least going to Pikes Peak I was in shorts and a Tshirt...untill we got to the top...but in the Army, we were in full BDU with sleeves down and kevlar helmets on....try that one!!! <img src="/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> eek <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

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Yikes! You win!!!! :rolling: That sounds crazy - how did you even move under 100+ pounds of gear and clothing? When I worked up in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, there were times I had to hump along my pack, a canoe, paddles and lifevests all at once, so about 100 pounds there, but only for - maximum at a time - a mile or two length portage. And most portages were much, much shorter than that. I think the military must adhere to the maxim: "what doesn't kill you will make you strong."

I've never hikes Pikes Peak, although I've enjoyed the peaks in the Red Lakes District above Boulder very much. Audoban (sp?) Peak was my favorite. Diamond Peak was nice too. Colorado really has some outstanding mountains, but I have to say my favorite mountains are the Sierras.

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Hahaha!!! Yeah, it was rough but ya just do it. By that time your so used to hiking and marcing and carrying stuff ya just go for it.

"what doesn't kill you will make you strong."
That really is their policy.

Yes, Colorado has great mountain parks for hiking....and there are some spaectactualr sotes for "off the beaten path" stuff if you know what I mean.

Do you mean the California Sierras?...

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Yeah, the California Sierras. I used to work in King's Canyon National Park, running cave tours at Boyden Caverns. On my weekends I'd see how far I could get OUT THERE in two and a half days. I love the whole area. The mountains are much younger and steeper than the Rockies and Appalachians, so it feels like being in a younger and fresher world. And the peaks are less like 'parties' on the top - chances are you'll have a whole peak to yourself.

HEY, EVERYONE - Happy Independance Day!

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My longest hike was in 2002 - 500 miles across the Pyrenees mountains in Southern France. The GR10 trail runs from the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean along the border between France and Spain. The walk took 41 days, carrying all our food and camping wild every night. The experience was so incredible that I am now living in the Pyrenees running my own walking holidays: www.mountainbug.com

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