More Wisdom from the Group
- Continuing the discussion "Letting go of old ideas"
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/johnmuirtrail/message/29738 here is more wisdom from the group. Reluctantly, this dude doesn't abide as much as he would like to.
The prevalent opinion is that if I want to enjoy the trail, I should aim for a base weight of less than 15 lbs. including a bear canister.
Comment: My initial base weight was 34 lbs. My current base weight (without food and water) is 26 lbs. See previous post.
Richard Long said that an expensive option to save some ounces is to buy a Bearikade, and leave the BV500 at home. Matt said that 2.5 lbs. was a good weight for a bear canister.
Comment: I have already purchased a BV500 which is a smidgen over 2.5 lbs. so I am staying with that to save on the extra expense.
Several people commented that in addition to reducing my pack weight, I should reduce my body weight. This led to a discussion about how we should measure our load, for example is the important factor the "pack weight" or "skin-out weight"?
Roleigh suggested "Your bones and muscle are carrying all that weight on the hike, regardless if it is external to the skin or not. It's all `haul' weight your bones and muscles are what are doing the hauling." He continued, ""In order to lose weight fast, safely while gaining muscle on your training hikes, before doing a long hike, in my humble opinion is intermittent fasting, and the latest great book I read on the subject, is The Warrior's Diet by Ori Hofmekler, http://www.warriordiet.com/about-ori.php"
Richard said "I found as I aged that changing my diet was the only way I could really consistently keep my weight down, and be healthy." Kenneth Jessett said "Losing body weight brings more all-around benefits than all the obsessive ultra-light gear options. Your knees and heart will thank you."
Don Amundsen tactfully said "Keep up the conditioning."
Comment: I struggle to control my eating habits and intellectually I agree 100% that losing weight would make a big difference. I would love to be a lean Adonis like Bob Shattuck. Realistically, it ain't gonna happen, but I'll keep trying....
Darryl,I love the summaries you provide re: the questions you post and what you've decided based on the advice you're given. It's sort of like having minutes distributed for a meeting. I prefer subscribing to the group in individual emails but I admit to losing track of some of the discussions at times. So the summaries has been very helpful.Thank you,JoT.