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    Words of wisdom?

    So what are your “words of wisdom” to other hikers? Be they new/beginning hikers or old/experienced hoofers. I am thinking of a few simple sentences similar to: “Please don’t eat the yellow snow. It will make you sick!” Or “Don’t spit into the wind, you will get wet.” Even: “get water every chance you can, and drink as much as you can hold before continuing. The goal here is to stay as hydrated as you can. Dehydration makes hiking miserable, painful or even deadly.” Or “carry a small, light weight tarp which can be used for: cooking under, temporary shelter in a storm, extra protection in a storm, extra big vestibule, etc.”

    I know it’s tempting, & may even be true, but try to avoid something like: “Hammocks rule, Tent’s drool” instead, try to state briefly WHY the above is true, at least for you.

    Remember; short & sweet is what we are after here. Feel free to post even if you think it is a painfully obvious statement like; “Stop and treat hotspots before they become Blisters!” because not necessarily everyone knows this.

    Have fun, be creative.

    Thanks!

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    This is something a friend (also a thru hiker) told me prior to my thru in 2003:

    " ... When the miles are easy taken em. When the miles get tough push back"

    Sounds pretty profound but I found myself mumbling those words on many occasions between Springer and Katahdin.

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    The more I carry the more I like camping, the less I carry the more I like hiking.

    Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.

    If you are in a hurry, why are you walking?
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    Any where is within walking distance, if you've got the time...Stephen Wright, comic

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    If You Don't Use It Every Day You Probably Don't Need It!
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    Don't sweat the small stuff, it's all small stuff.

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    "The best way to carry water is inside of you."

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    Keep an open mind

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    Not matter how bad things seem, they could always be much worse.

    It is always darkest before sunrise.

    I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it's not freight train.

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    Always pack your sense of humor! Second only to duct tape!
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    "Mental preparation is (at least) as important as physical conditioning"

    "You will get wet - accept it"

    And the one I have to keep telling myself over and over:

    "Respect the Trail"

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    Practice with every piece of gear before you hit the trail. Light the stove & cook a meal, set up the shelter (tent, tarp, hammock, etc) several times (even at night), change the batteries in your light while blindfolded, etc.

    Seam seal everything with a seam. No matter what the maker says about how well their stuff is made.

    I know my pack is waterproof, it stopped raining 2 hours ago & there is still 4 inches of water in the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nean
    Keep an open mind
    Ditto on that one Nean!

    How about: "Get used to ALWAYS putting things back in your pack where they belong, that way you can find them even in the dark. "

    (of course i guess if you kept an open mind, you would always put things in a different place like my Sherpa used to in Nepal) (nothing wrong with that either but the 1st way might save you more time and trouble.)

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    Never quit on a bad day.

    For section hikers: You complain all the way up the mountain, but on the way home you start planning your next trip.

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    Early to bed and early to rise = more time avail for walking.
    "In the abundance of water the fool is thirsty."...Bob Marley

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    To determine how much daylight you have left: PM, locate the sun, preferably near the horizon, hold your arm out full length, put you hand in such a way as your fingers are paralell to the horizon, the thickness of each finger is aproxamatly 15 minutes. This works for me, with less than a 1 to 2 minute error per finger. In the mountains, this "guide" works for where you are at NOW, as you move the time may change as you climb & descend, but you will have a rough guide.

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