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It is partly my fault. Saying 24.4 miles of backing in 2 days should be fairly easy when it is 3 weeks out and one has no notion of the weather. But then you get jungle humidity and 80+ degrees and fuggedaboudit. :D I am just surprised that it wasn't me that got hit by the heat. Usually I am the first to start heat exhausting at the first sign of 75+ degrees. :oops:

I will say that the roadwalk back was indeed a killer. Oooof, a bit longer than planned as well. But hey, you roll the dice any time you step out the door, so just roll with it. :D


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Bummer that the trip didn't go as planned. I was looking forward to a nice backpacking report, which is definitely something this site could use more of. What do you think caused you to hit the wall? The heat? Heavier than usual pack? The longer than usual mileage? All of the above? Hope next time goes better for you. Backpacking the long trail in sections will make for some very interesting reports I'm sure.


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So sorry it didn't work out the way you planned, but better than hearing a worse story that may have happened if you had decided to push on.


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Bummer that the trip didn't go as planned. I was looking forward to a nice backpacking report, which is definitely something this site could use more of. What do you think caused you to hit the wall? The heat? Heavier than usual pack? The longer than usual mileage? All of the above? Hope next time goes better for you. Backpacking the long trail in sections will make for some very interesting reports I'm sure.


I think it was a mixed bag of problems. The heat and humidity didn't help, but like Brian said, he is usually the one that gets the brunt end of the hot weather. I know the pack didn't help and I made the mistake of bringing my Osprey pack that I hate which failed my shoulders the last time I did an overnight.

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I will say that, oddly, for me, the worst part was the bugs. I understand why Greg may not have noticed them as much, seeing as he had other issues going for him, but to me those little f**kers were relentless. :evil:

And I think this was also another first.....first time we walked more road miles than trail miles. :D Oh, and apparently we need to work on our dejected look as no one cared to stop and offer a ride, though of course one nice gentleman digging in his trunk at a house party offered us a couple cold beers for our walk......which didn't help much since neither of us drinks. :beer:

Oh well, the bright side of not really hiking for check marks anymore means that even on days like this you don't feel like you missed out on anything. I could have done without that several miles of road walking, but the company was mostly decent. :P


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Sounds like a tough hike. I still have to post my own TR for that day where we also suffered from the heat, but it couldn't have been nearly as bad as hiking with an overnight pack.

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