posted on Jul, 28 2007 @ 06:39 PM
Okay, let's say for whatever reason, you need to make more than 20 miles through the ruggedest terrain in your local area. You have a day to do
Could you survive the journey physically and still be able to function well enough to make camp?
Now, let's say you've got shoes, shorts, a t-shirt a few matches and a cheap folding pocketknife. The rest of your gear is not with you.
Now do you think you can make it?
How many of you have actually made it?
Last week I started out by going for a little stroll up my block. I had my t-shirt, boxers, and boots on. I had a cheap little knife in my
waistband because i wanted to gather some plants to identify, and some matches in my sock in a bag. I planned on walking maybe a mile. I wandered
around, and without really realizing it (I was having fun!) I was in a canyon on the other side of the mountains several miles from town. Since I
was already down in the canyon, i figured i'd explore it some, so down i went. By this time it got hot, and my little stroll turned into a quest for
water. I spent the next several hours in the blazing sun with NO cloud cover (when i left it looked like rain) walking through the wash, digging
holes, and looking for food. I had no problem finding water and followed this wash for at least 10 miles before finally coming out on a local
trail/road. Along the way down the wash I found a spot where nobody's probably ever been, that had prickly pear fruits the size of small apples. A
couple of these made for a good lunch.
The hardest part was the walk back, 15+ miles back to town half of which was on pavement. When got back to civilization so to speak, i had no
access to water, and a greuling death march back to town. In contrast, it was much easier to travel across natural terrain than to march the same
distance on asphalt and hardpack.
It was a fun trip though, and I found some new areas that i need to explore further.
What kinds of distances do you all usually cover on a walk?
Last fall I was averaging 20 miles of trail a night as per my GPS, and my buddy and I would cover that distance in about 5 hours with no difficulty at
7000'+ altitude over steep mountainous terrain. This year i've lost about 80lbs and am in better shape, and 20 miles is a cakewalk for me. The
only problem I have is I can't find anyone to hike with, nobody else seems to want to walk more than a mile or two. My 11 year old cousin came with
me on a 7-8 mile steep bushwhacking up and down trek that involved 3 summits, without a peep of complaint. So far she's one of the most rugged
people i've been hiking with as far as being able to keep up and take care of herself.