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Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike

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Offline Reece

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Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike
« on: October 14, 2010, 09:15:12 AM »
During the off season, I tend to forget the hard work of hiking so last Sunday, for a reality check, I trotted behind Quicksilver for about 5 miles, up hill and down, carrying my 30lb. pack. I train regularly but I haven't carried a load in about 8 months so you can imagine how I woke up on Monday.  Needless to say, that little walk found the rust in my running gears. It took until Wednesday to work out the soreness in my upper thighs - what is that?

Last Sunday morning as he watched me saddle up, QS grinned and said, "You know, you have to train with your pack about 4o times for it to do any good." Oh yeah?
Anybody else train with their pack?

Well, tonight after work, I'm going to wrap a 10 lb. barbell in a bath towel, throw in my pack to make it 4o lb. and go at it again. I'll also grab my Garmin Etrex and set off from the house at a fast walk, zigzagging my way through the urban frontier for about a half hour and then see if the Etrex can lead me back home. This time I'm going with my dog, she doesn't back-talk.

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Re: Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2010, 09:25:12 AM »
My standard training for a long/hard walk is to start 4 or 5 weeks before and begin with 10 pounds and do a brisk 3 mile walk with hills in 45 minutes, every other day.  Each week I add 10 pounds until I am carrying 10 pounds more than I will on the first day on the trail.  Also make sure to wear the shoes/boots you will hike in as your feet need to get used to that too.  When I hit the trail not only are the hips, shoulders, legs and feet ready but the pack feels light compared to the last week of training.  :icon_biggrin:
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Re: Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2010, 09:51:13 AM »
That right there sounds like good advice!

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Re: Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2010, 12:19:58 PM »
For training, besides the excellent advice offered above, I also like to cross train in other aerobic activities, like bike riding and running. 

I'm trying to break in a new pair of Asolo hiking boots.  It sure is nice finding boots in narrow width for my skinny feet!
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Re: Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2010, 08:14:43 AM »
OK, last night I did my 3 miles with the 40 lb. Kelty pack. This morning, I feel fine - all except the skin that was between my front hip bones and the hip belt. I don't have much of a rump to support the pack weight so my hip belt has to be very tight and that causes chafing. Does anyone use moleskin on the hip bones? I'm thinking of modifying my hip belt in the back to better fit my skinny butt. Any solution would be welcome.

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Re: Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2010, 08:51:24 AM »
I'm not buying another pack!
It's bad enough that I have to spend money on a pair of those ugly red gaiters!

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Re: Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2010, 09:32:05 AM »
I have no padding in the rear, and haven't had anymore issues since moving to a internal frame pack.  My only complaint about them is there is no air circulation across my back and the sweat is pretty bad after a long day on the trail.

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Re: Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2010, 09:40:53 AM »
Ganging up on me, eh?
Go ahead - pile on!
Hmm...maybe I'll take my Kelty over to REI tomorrow and see if they can fit it with a hip belt for skinny butts.
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Re: Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2010, 11:01:15 AM »
I just wish I had an REI store option.  Only thing in Oklahoma that sells any hiking gear is Academy (mostly cheap junk) and BassPro (full retail price, and mostly only sells hunting/fishing gear).  Must be my location in the redneck belt.

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Re: Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2010, 12:38:55 PM »
I have to buy most of my stuff online.  Usually use campmor.com, sierra trading post, and REI outlet.  The main REI site is a bit too pricey for my budget.

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Re: Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2010, 12:47:54 PM »
Man after my own budget.
dkerr - Do you have a recommendation for a free standing 1-man tent under 3 lbs.

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Re: Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2010, 06:52:32 PM »
I am training for my trip now.  I am on the treadmill at incline doing 3 miles with my pack at about 30 pounds 3 days a week.  then I do spin class 3 days a week.  I spend another 30 minutes a day on core exercises.  I am 63 and will be doing otm counterclockwise coming up Juniper in Jan.

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Re: Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2010, 06:58:18 PM »
I am training for my trip now.  I am on the treadmill at incline doing 3 miles with my pack at about 30 pounds 3 days a week.  then I do spin class 3 days a week.  I spend another 30 minutes a day on core exercises.  I am 63 and will be doing otm counterclockwise coming up Juniper in Jan.

I need to do the same, and wish I had a treadmill here at home.  I wish you the best on your OTM hike!  Keep us posted!!!
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Re: Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2010, 07:22:04 PM »
Something to consider which I overlooked before is that your hips and knees need to get use to walking on an uneven surface.  Training on a treadmill or even the hike and bike trail is completely different than walking on the rock strewn trails of BB.  The fist size rocks which make up most of the trails induce a dynamic stabilization requirement of your joints which is not experienced when walking on treadmills.  Best thing I found is to find mountain bike trails like the green belt in Austin or the mountain bike trail at Canyon Lake.  Hiking poles also made a huge difference me.
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Re: Training for my upcoming Juniper Canyon hike
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2010, 08:19:18 PM »
Something to consider which I overlooked before is that your hips and knees need to get use to walking on an uneven surface.  Training on a treadmill or even the hike and bike trail is completely different than walking on the rock strewn trails of BB.  The fist size rocks which make up most of the trails induce a dynamic stabilization requirement of your joints which is not experienced when walking on treadmills.  Best thing I found is to find mountain bike trails like the green belt in Austin or the mountain bike trail at Canyon Lake.  Hiking poles also made a huge difference me.

Thank you for the recommendation elhombre.  I learned quite quickly exactly what you are referring to during my first day hike to the South Rim.

Tomorrow I am hiking a trail out at Colorado Bend State Park to Gorman Falls, and that trail is very rocky and easy to trip or roll an ankle.

I will definitely check out the green belt seeing that is a lot closer than Colorado Bend SP!  I always use trekking poles, and I completely agree!!
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