[at-l] hike prep

hiker 317 hiker317 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 09:55:23 CST 2009

One way to appreciate a long hike on the AT is have the pleasure of finding
out that you have qualities and inner resources available that you weren't
aware of. Situations and challenges may may sidle up to you like a lightning
bolt from a clear sky, requiring you to think/decide/act very quickly, or
the obstacle/opportunity may be more subtle, like a shy dog at a bar-b-que.
Either way, eat your blueberries and spinach, and enjoy the novelty of
meeting the inner you that's been waiting for a chance to shine. Just don't
expect any sunspots, because there probably won't be any next year either.

On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 9:06 AM, Cody Girl <codycodygirl at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey everyone!  As you know slowly but surely I'm going through gear
> decisions and trying to figure out what I can use and what I need to
> replace.  The process is moving forward and I appreciate all your insights.
> Hey!  Has anyone used a GoLite Quest backpack?  It's an '09 closeout at REI,
> not sure if this has a men's version or is women's only.
> I also started my conditioning last week.  For now I'm trying to get out on
> 8+ mile hikes 3 days a week, and a couple of days a week on the treadmill as
> well.  My plan is to up the mileage and the time out of the house after New
> Years.
> Anyway, I was hiking Monday and I was thinking about conditioning and the
> times that people have pointed out to me that, once in physical shape, an AT
> thru hike is a head game.
> I believe that good gear can HELP me get to Katahdin but I fully understand
> that no gear in the world is going to do it for me.
> I believe even more strongly that being in the best condition I can
> possibly be in before I start will have a HUGE impact on me getting to
> Katahdin.
> So my question.  When people talk about the mental aspect, what exactly are
> they saying?  Stick to it ness?  Refusal to quit?  Optimistic attitude? And
> so on.  I'd love to hear all of your thoughts on what mental skills it takes
> to get to Katahdin.   And this may be a silly thought, but if you have any
> ideas on how to DEVELOP those pertinent mental skills I'd like to hear that
> too.  Conditioning for the brain?  Yep.
> I set the date.  3/15/10.  I'm walking to Maine. I appreciate your help.
> CodyTheTortoise
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