by Xeno » Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:49 pm
by willytinawin » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:49 pm
by Xeno » Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:26 pm
willytinawin wrote:Finding a compatible hiking or climbing partner is not an easy endeavor. Go with someone stronger and your tongue is hanging out as you try to keep up. Go with someone slower and you spend a lot of time waiting around.
Try to get to know someone first, and do easy things together first before committing to an elaborate trip. Also keep in mind that doing trips with other people always involves give and take. It's best to do easy things near the car and develop a friendship before doing a big trip with other(s).
Lastly, you can always go alone. It is riskier in the sense that you are on your own if trouble develops. But there is nothing freer that I know of then heading into the mountains alone. It is only bested by going to the mountains with a good friend.
by surgent » Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:24 am
by WyomingSummits » Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:29 am
by Xeno » Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:25 am
surgent wrote:It's all about the stories . You've had one trek/climb and now have a good story to go along with it. That's a good ratio so far.
If you go alone, and you should definitely consider it for some hikes, just leave a detailed itinerary with someone you can trust, and a definite time by which you expect to be done and available to call your contact person ... otherwise, they should be expected call out the searchers. I imagine certain things are universal in this regard.
by Kai » Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:43 pm
by Xeno » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:16 pm
jesu, joy of man's desiring wrote:Your friend kept stopping to look at his hairstyle in a portable mirror? Then checked into a hotel to dry his hair? He sounds truly weird.
by nartreb » Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:24 pm
by MoapaPk » Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:37 pm
by Buz Groshong » Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:44 pm
MoapaPk wrote:I know lots of small people (~45 kg) who don't ask for special treatment and often carry packs as heavy as mine (I'm a whopping 67 kg).
You've gotten lots of good advice for cutting food weight; if you are getting a sure source of water (from huts, streams) you can even dispense with the stove. My last three backpacks were stove-less. Just make sure you have food that you will WANT to eat at altitude, and will drink enough water.
I suspect the OP just needed to rant a little, about a (now former) friend. But to restate the advice above: you really need to vet people in a polite way, before a big undertaking. Maybe you can do it with polite questions to the friend's friends, or maybe with a few short trips. If you are just using the friend for transportation... well that is different moral issue.
It is worth waiting to get good outdoor partners. Otherwise there will be a bitterness in your memories of the event, and your main purpose in going -- to enjoy yourself -- is lost. We can also work on our own tolerance levels. I recall my blood pressure starting to boil as a friend folded and refolded his handkerchief, wasting precious minutes as a snowstorm moved in; then I thought to myself: if 10 minutes of kerchief folding makes that much difference, maybe I didn't plan the start time too well? It takes two to tango.
by Xeno » Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:12 pm
nartreb wrote:A lot of the weight and bulk in foods comes from the packaging, as you've noticed. Plan your meals in advance, measure out each dish into sealed plastic bags, and you'll make a huge improvement. The basic idea is to take stuff that won't spoil or get crushed, that contains lots of calories (fats are your friend!), and that doesn't take too long to cook (because you have to carry the fuel, and because you don't want to wait an hour for breakfast if you're heading up a glacier before dawn). Instant rice or instant noodles, hard sausage, powdered eggs, powdered milk, vegetable oil, peanut butter are all good backpacking foods. But it's more important to take food that you like. It does you no good if you don't eat it. Bring your favorite spices and sauces, and make sure you have a variety from day to day. [Frites a la Belge le premier jour, frites allumettes le second? ]
Sugary foods are quickly metabolized into energy, but that doesn't last, and it's not very easy to match your sugar intake to your rate of exercise. You want a mix: some sugar (especially during or just before exercise), some complex carbohydrates (which are easily converted to sugar), some fats (highest energy:weight ratio, but slowest to digest), some protein (mostly because it's yummy).
Bring sugary snacks to eat as you walk (granola bars, for example), and keep some very salty snacks handy too (if you feel cramps starting, nibbling some salt will often cure you). And carry lots of water and drink more than you did. Try adding a little flavor to your water: sugar, lemon juice, tea, whatever you like. Load up on the carbohydrates and fats during your sit-down meals.
If you buy commercial freeze-dried meals or instant soups, be aware of the salt content. You need some salt to replace what you sweat, but many commercial brands add way too much. It's OK to eat one or two portions, but if you're hungry and eat double or triple for dinner, you'll regret it.
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