[at-l] hike prep

rcli4 at comcast.net rcli4 at comcast.net
Fri Dec 11 13:42:45 CST 2009

A few points to ponder.....

HYOH generally means, Hike my way and everything will be fine.

When did an enjoyable hike become a test in survival?  If hike all day and call my wife to tell her good night and then sleep I like it better.

I once "Hiked" for 3 weeks with a pack that weighed 104 lbs.  I don't know that I enjoyed it much but I have enjoyed telling the story for the last 35-40 years so it was probably worth it.  Can any of you remember a hike that long ago?  If you can it was indeed memorable.

Frank, you can argue with the likes of me, but you can't argue with Jim.  You don't have the necessary equipment.

I don't think it takes 7,000 miles for you to figure out what works for you.  I think you probably had it pretty much figured by the end of the first 100.

I've seen folks carry some strange stuff.  I always figured if they think it is worth it to them, it is their business.  I carried 6 flashlights on a five day trip a coupla weeks ago.  I only used one but I felt pretty certain I was gonna have one if I needed it.  You probably don't need 6.

It's cold here today, but, it's colder where you are :>))


----- Original Message -----
From: nightwalker at 
To: Jim Bullard , ,AT-L 
Sent: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 16:57:06 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Re: [at-l] hike prep

From: Jim Bullard 
Subject: Re: [at-l] hike prep

It is called HYOH.

Jim Bullard

So War Eagle owns the phrase now. I thought the ATCorp had it trademarked.

I carry a phone. I do it because I want to. Maybe I don't really want to, 'cause maybe I don't even know what HYOH means. Because, after all, them with more miles know more, and I've only got around 7,000.

Gee, Jim (O), you don't have to be so didactic on EVERYTHING! Leave the rabbit in the cage now and then.

My take is a lot of it depends on age and lifestyle. I'm only (almost) 50. I'm also a bit of a geek. It would be out of character for me to not carry a couple of toys.

And y'all can tuckerize my pack any old time. I actually carry (gasp) TWO spare pair of socks. I probably have about two pounds that aren't really required. But I can live with that.

Full Winter pack for me and the dog for four days weighs 32 pounds. That would be like six days without the dog, but she enjoys it out there as much as I do.

It's not a contest. If a turned-off phone in my pack and a GPS in the lid of my pack (I always track my hikes. Sometimes I even make maps.) ruins someone elses hike, then they have problems I can't help with.

Welcome back to the list, Mr O. I haven't had a good argument--without having to get mad first--in a while. Maybe you'll help keep ol' stroke-boy here on his toes. :-)

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