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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?
Great trip and report Keepa
Quote from: nathanr on May 18, 2019, 07:59:36 AMGreat trip and report KeepaThank 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.
Quote from: Keepa on May 18, 2019, 10:33:13 AMQuote from: nathanr on May 18, 2019, 07:59:36 AMGreat trip and report KeepaThank 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.
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