Saturday, September 29, 2012

What I Learned from My 15 Mile Hike Today

I've never hiked that long of a distance in one day in one shot.  And I found out a few things in preparing for an epic hike:

1. If you decide to wear your trail sneakers instead of hiking boots...  don't!  I sprained by ankle 3 times (the same ankle), then had to walk 7 1/2 miles back to my vehicle.

I learned a few things from venturing out on my first 15 mile hike...
I learned a few things from venturing out on my first 15 mile hike...

2. Don't forget to pack your lunch.  Luckily I had a stash of snacks and energy gummy chews from my last hike packed in my bag.

3. Bring plenty of power for your phone/gps.  Otherwise, your screwed if you get hurt or need picked up.

4. Don't forget to pack your trail maps.  Because when your phone goes out, again... you're screwed!

5. The White Trail at Ridley Creek State Park...  that sh*t is messed up.   It goes up, down, up again, down, up, up, down, up... no matter which way you go, it always seems like you are going up...  hate that trail!

6. If you decide to take a different trail on the way back just to see where it goes?  If you've already hiked 12 miles, you don't have any maps, and your gps is dead...  DON'T!  On the other hand, I discovered a "one of a kind" out in the middle of nowhere.  Had I not taken that trail, I would have never gotten to see it.

7. Don't even think about doing this in the heat of the summer. Because if you're having a hard time now, you'll be really screwed then.

8. Those last couple of miles are a real b*tch!

9. You'll never be so glad to see your vehicle when you are done.  However, when you think about working the pedals to get home after hiking for 7 1/2 hours and your feet feel like they are going to fall off... 

10. Don't plan on walking anywhere afterward...  ever.

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