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> I have noticed the same trend: faster and lighter. I understand and
> endorse the lighter aspect, but, faster is contrary to why you're walking
> in the first place, ie. going slow enough to notice the details.
On my section hike between Echo Summit and Tuolomne last summer I met a
fellow who left Campo about June 15. He was averaging 30 plus miles a day.
He was a jardinite, and as he hadn't been exposed to all our various
opinions, good and bad, he thought it was a rational way to hike the trail
in one season.
At any rate, he said that he didn't hike any "faster" then anyone else.
Rather, he just hiked more hours a day.
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