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[pct-l] hiking speed vs packweight

> Doesn't anyone realize that hiking at "high
> speeds" negates the purpose of being out there
> in the first place? 

to each their own...  there are lots of reasons to go fast.  I started 
hiking fast because I don't get alot of vacation time, so in order to 
hike something lik ethe JMT, I usually have to do it in a week (plus 
weekends), which means that I have to get in over 20 miles per day.

Another reason to go faster is so that can reasy resupply points sooner 
and not have to carry as much food, and thus, save weight.

Another reason to go fast, as you mentioned, is for the challenge of 
it.  There is satisfaction in pushing personal limits and going farther 
today than you went yesterday.  Not everyone thinks this way, but 
certainly there are many who do and enjoy testing themselves.  This is 
a different, but no less worthy, reason to be on the trail.  Just 
because someone wants to go fast and not stop at all the scenic 
overlooks and take lots of pictures doesn't mean that their endeavor is 
not as good, or not as sensible, or "the wrong way to do it".  Some 
people like to go fast, others like to "stop and smell the roses".  
Neither way is right or wrong and both can be fun in their own way.

Also, just because you go fast doesn't mean that you do not get to see 
the sights.  Yesterday I participated in the PCT 50 mile trail run and 
ran 50 miles on the PCT in 11 hrs.  When I came around an exposed curve 
in the trail and caught a glimpse of Mt. Hood through a gap in the huge 
pine trees, I stopped and stared at it for a few minutes.  As I stood 
there, other runners also stopped and admired the beauty and majesty of 
the mountain.  Even though we covered alot of ground, we all 
appreciated where we were and the beauty of God's creation.

Enjoy the trail, however you do it.


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