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And Yes, I too "drink a LOT of fluids even sitting on my couch" but whiskey is much lighter on backpacking trips!
ElHombre,The practice run is exactly what I'm planning to do.I'm going to do a 10-15 mile day hike with my full pack at Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway next weekend. I'll carry everything I'm planning to have with me on the OML, including food and water.In October I'm going to do an overnight at either LBJ Grasslands or Colorado Bend also with full pack. I've hiked CB before so I'm leaning toward LBJ, but open to suggestions of anywhere within 2-3 hours of Granbury (45 minutes SW of Fort Worth).In November I'm going to do a 2-day hike at Caprock Canyons. One of the two will be at North Prong campsite, primitive.
Wrangler,Actually the flat and boring is kinda the point of doing it first.First test-run with the full pack on a path with virtually no challenge.Second run on some actual trails with a primitive overnight.Third run - add in some elevation changes.
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