Very true! This was a real revelation to me, since I hadn't
been out for a second night before without getting at least some
sleep. I'd already been over that particular section of trail
three times THAT DAY, in addition to six add'l times in my
previous two runnings of Barkley, and parts of it still looked
so unfamiliar that I ran back for a ways along the trail,
convinced that I must have missed a turn, all the while knowing
that I COULDN'T have missed a turn, since there weren't
any. When I finally gave up and returned to camp, I had the
same thing happen on a different section of trail that I'd been
over only a couple hours before. Very weird!
Blake P. Wood
Physics Div., Plasma Physics Group P-24, MS-E526,
Los Alamos Nat'l Lab, Los Alamos NM 87545
(505) 665-6524 Fax: (505) 665-3552 bwood@...
Matt Mahoney wrote:
>Blake Wood and David Horton can both tell you about the
second >night effect at Barkley (1400-3300 ft). It interferes
>your ability to navigate even in familiar territory
>where you would ordinarily have no problem. When I
>climbed Putnam Basin I was absolutely convinced I had
>never seen any of it even though I knew full well I
>hiked the same course a week earlier.