Re: Entering Manic Mode
Thank you all for taking the time to respond to my queries; always appreciated. Love it when hikers share! Based on a couple of responses I’ve received it looks as if I should have added a bit regarding my experience level. I have a little -- AT01 & 03, PCT 05 (~ 1000 mi), and Camino de Santiago ’08. Technically, I guess, the JMT is the shortest “long” hike but it’s definitely going to be my highest hike. Wuhuuu! Anyway, the manic mode isn’t really due to the hiking part; it’s more due to ensuring that all is taken care of on the home front prior to departing. I’ve always believed that long distance hikes are somewhat irresponsible and self centered on the hiker’s part. I leave all my home and business responsibilities to someone else while I go – take a walk. I walk across gorgeous countryside without a care in the world except for getting from point A to point B for that day; forgetting all about the day to day hassles at home. I see sights that the majority of the world will never get to see. I meet some of the most fantastic people the world has to offer. I am one happy camper. On the home front, well – I’m pretty sure they’re not nearly as happy as I am having taken on my responsibilities too! So, I try to eliminate as much of the additional workload as possible prior to going. That’s what makes for the “manic mode” near the departure date. Not so much the hike in and of itself but the prepping of everything else.
As for the hike itself, I’m comfortable with my gear and pretty much my choices; I’m just a bit hesitant with the elevations. Do I sleep warm? For the most part yes. But then again, I’ve never really slept at 10,000+’ in mid September so I don’t really know. I have always used a Zrest but not at the JMT elevations. Is there a big difference in fuel usage at these elevations and does one stove work better over another at the same? I can mathematically figure the answer but I don’t know from experience. (I do know that Esbit stoves in the Smokies at below freezing temperatures sucked!) Again, not so much concerns in my gear and my abilities but thoughts of wondering what works for others. Pleasant, mindless thoughts that make the “manic mode” either less manic or more pleasurable. Pick one! I love hearing what other hikers recommend and of their experiences. I never fail to learn something new or find a new piece of equipment I hadn’t yet heard of or played with. This forum has been fantastic at sharing their wealth of experience and wisdom. And in so doing I’ve gained quite a few new insights and made some changes along the way. For that, I thank you and continue to look forward to gleaning whatever tidbits forum members may have to offer. What hiker doesn’t like talking story about gear and experiences!
Again, I thank you for taking the time to share – love it! One more work week, one more week of “manic mode” and – I hike. I am so excited!
I second what Judy says about hand sanitizer. Having not read all the responses I am sure I will be repeating what others have said, but here goes anyways. From personal experience, cleanliness is your best defense against any intestinal ailment. Having deployed to the mideast, I am proud to say that my squad was the only squad out of my company that wasn't hit by stomach ailments. I attribute that to my being a tyrant about washing hands after taking care of "business", ensuring that my guys didn't just pee anywhere and that everything was covered up, away from water points and away from where people would normally go. Always washing before eating. Seems overly simple, but it worked for me.
--- On Mon, 8/9/10, heartfire144 <heartfire@...> wrote:
From: heartfire144 <heartfire@...>
Subject: Re: [John Muir Trail] What to do for diarrhea?
Date: Monday, August 9, 2010, 10:06 AM
You DO NOT NEED to use hand sanitizer. Soap and water is much better for cleaning your hands, using both is way overkill. soap and water CLEANS your hands, hand sanitizer does not.