Vitaliy M wrote:Dougb wrote:I hear you Bob, you are wise to disregard my input! I never was good at dayhiking, at least on consecutive days like that, I guess I'm more of a backpacker. I am amazed at what you are doing, guys like you and Matthew, and Sean, I mean how do you do it? You are like the Lance Armstrong of the mountains
Let the hero worship begin!
What keeps you going is all psychological-believe it or not there is a certain degree of enjoyment in doing these peaks, and when it reaches an obsessive level-it turns into consecutive day hiking. Mentality and enthusiasm and dedication dictates physical ability.
Bob, I think the best combination for Sierra Challenges is throwing in some shorter, "fun" days-with a few challenging super hard day hikes sprinkled in there. There is some strong satisfaction to be had after completing some of those very long and strenuous more remote peaks. You reach a certain level where you naturally crave to push yourself harder just to get a bigger high and shorter day hikes just doesn't cut it anymore.
This years challenge predominantly had very horrible scree terrain-although challenging and good practice in its own right, there are more enjoyable peaks for purely climbing purposes. It's always preferable to enjoy 3rd class/4th class ascents and next years challenge should have a healthy picking of these.