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Arizona Trail Progress

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Offline Quatro

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Re: Arizona Trail Progress
« Reply #45 on: May 16, 2019, 11:02:42 PM »
Thanks for these.  Very interesting, especially seeing your co-hikers. 

Upsetting news from the AT last week.  Was there discussion among the folks you met about concern for personal safety?  Were some of your cohorts joining together for safety?
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro - HST

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Re: Arizona Trail Progress
« Reply #46 on: May 17, 2019, 12:26:32 AM »
Thanks for these.  Very interesting, especially seeing your co-hikers. 

Upsetting news from the AT last week.  Was there discussion among the folks you met about concern for personal safety?  Were some of your cohorts joining together for safety?

Yes, news traveled surprisingly fast among AZT hikers about a different person, a hiker who was suspected of murdering a woman on the PCT years before, and who was rumored to be hiking the AZT. This same person was subsequently cleared of the murder charge and It was not certain that this was the same person hiking the AZT. Never-the-less, the three girls I was hiking with bought mace in Kearny and carried it while hiking.

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Offline nathanr

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Re: Arizona Trail Progress
« Reply #47 on: May 18, 2019, 07:59:36 AM »
Great trip and report Keepa

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Offline Keepa

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« Reply #48 on: May 18, 2019, 10:33:13 AM »
Great trip and report Keepa

Thank you. I am missing the trail terribly. I do not regret my decision to stop early, but in retrospect I should have continued to the end. Lesson learned. I will remember this on my next thru-hike.

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Re: Arizona Trail Progress
« Reply #49 on: May 18, 2019, 01:22:43 PM »
Great trip and report Keepa

Thank you. I am missing the trail terribly. I do not regret my decision to stop early, but in retrospect I should have continued to the end. Lesson learned. I will remember this on my next thru-hike.

I feel your pain, Keepa. Both literally and figuratively.

When I abandoned my second cross-park hike in December 2017, I felt like it was my only reasonable option given how my body felt - mostly my aching knee - but the farther in time I get away from that difficult decision, the more I realize I probably could have and should have finished the final 9 days of my 26-day boomerang trip. At the time, it seemed obvious to me that I couldn't finish on the bum knee I sustained during a tumble in the snow.  But now, with the passage of time and some good feedback from fellow Benders, it's pretty clear to me that I was mostly suffering from a lack of calories and all the ills that follow. I'd allowed myself to fall into a more-or-less permanent bonk. Challenges like abandoning the kitten on the river or fighting through the freak winter storm in the Ernst Basin were tough, but they shouldn't have been deal breakers.  But when I added in prolonged and severe calorie deprivation, every little obstacle and regret took on an outsized significance.  My spirit cracked.

That said, your mileage may vary - literally. You were in the midst of a much, much, much longer hike than the one I was attempting. Here's hoping your next attempt is even more rewarding than the last.



"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Re: Arizona Trail Progress
« Reply #50 on: May 18, 2019, 02:58:05 PM »
Great trip and report Keepa

Thank you. I am missing the trail terribly. I do not regret my decision to stop early, but in retrospect I should have continued to the end. Lesson learned. I will remember this on my next thru-hike.

I feel your pain, Keepa. Both literally and figuratively.

When I abandoned my second cross-park hike in December 2017, I felt like it was my only reasonable option given how my body felt - mostly my aching knee - but the farther in time I get away from that difficult decision, the more I realize I probably could have and should have finished the final 9 days of my 26-day boomerang trip. At the time, it seemed obvious to me that I couldn't finish on the bum knee I sustained during a tumble in the snow.  But now, with the passage of time and some good feedback from fellow Benders, it's pretty clear to me that I was mostly suffering from a lack of calories and all the ills that follow. I'd allowed myself to fall into a more-or-less permanent bonk. Challenges like abandoning the kitten on the river or fighting through the freak winter storm in the Ernst Basin were tough, but they shouldn't have been deal breakers.  But when I added in prolonged and severe calorie deprivation, every little obstacle and regret took on an outsized significance.  My spirit cracked.

That said, your mileage may vary - literally. You were in the midst of a much, much, much longer hike than the one I was attempting. Here's hoping your next attempt is even more rewarding than the last.

It was not physical with me. Looking back at it after coming back to civilization and family, I think I at that time I misdiagnosed/misunderstood the cause of my desire to stop. Now that I think about it, taking a zero would have probably put me back on track. I feel good about what I accomplished, it's nothing to sneeze at, but I could have and should have seen it to the end.

But it was my first thru-hike and a learning experience. The next time I will have a different perspective on it.

One thing is for sure. I loved it and I got the thru-hiking bug. I am planning to complete the AZT next year and tackle another long distance hike. I have two candidates firmly in mind.

 


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