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Old 06-28-19, 07:51 PM
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Going to start hiking

After 2500 bike miles after foot surgery Iím getting somewhat burned out. I always enjoyed hiking so Iím going to hit some trails with a backpack and my feet. Now Iím not giving up bicycling I just need some variety right now. The mountains at Big Bend NP have tolerable temperatures in summer and miles of trails. There are nearby state parks that have plenty of hilly trails to get a good workout. I have the equipment for long day hikes so I wonít have the spend any money. After awhile the bike bug will bite again and back on the bikes I will go. I think the hot humid weather is bumming me out. Hiking I can utilize the shade more often. I just need to do something else for awhile. This has been the case in my 24 years of bicycling and I always return with an enthusiastic attitude. Any hikers with some input?
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Old 06-28-19, 11:27 PM
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Frankly, I often hit trails when its cooler out and hit the water in the summer.
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Old 06-29-19, 07:26 AM
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Smallmouth bass? Looks like a great fishing area. I need to get my boat out on the water soon.
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I walk to the store when I can, but that's not really hiking.
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Nearest store is 8 miles and walking down a road with buzzing cars at 75 just sound like fun. Slow moving this morning but I will eventually make it to the nearest state park for a hike. 10 miles away as the crow flies 33 miles by car. Go figure. Public land here is scarce I got use to all the open land while on a road trip out west. I will go through the interrogation process to enter a Texas state park like making sure my 100 dollar annual pass is really mine and my license plate number and I’m sure the park goons will be lurking everywhere.
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Careful - my wife stepped on a Coachwhip in Big Bend (pink snake among pink rocks). Not venomous but it was quite big and lashed at her twice before disappearing. Otherwise a fabulous park - you're fortunate to live near there.
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Hill Country SNA near Bandera Texas my legs are sore lol
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High point of the hike


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The wife and I like to schedule our vacations so that we end up somewhere we can take extended day hikes. Last November we drove down the West Coast from SFO and stopped at several State Parks (Andrew Molera SP), Pfeiffer Beach and had a blast. We're not into conquering any peaks, but we do enjoy packing a lunch and heading out for several hours. My days of packing in everything and hiking the Sierras are long over. A half day excursion seems to be the sweet spot. Right now we're thinking of hitting Catalina and enjoying some of the trails over there.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I think it's too hot to hike in Big Bend in the summer.
The problem is there's no water source.
If you get lost, you are probaby going to die of dehydration pretty quickly, before the rescue party can get to you.
Water is heavy, so you cannot really carry enough in the hot summer.

Don't forget that just 4 hours north of BBNP is Guadalupe Mountain National Park which is more hiker focused and has the tallest peak in Texas.
No, Big Bend desert hiking you will probably die but the mountains are cool 70-80s at 7000 feet so that is where I hike in summer. You look down at the desert knowing it is 110 and you are on the mountain top and itís around 75.
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Originally Posted by TakingMyTime View Post
The wife and I like to schedule our vacations so that we end up somewhere we can take extended day hikes. Last November we drove down the West Coast from SFO and stopped at several State Parks (Andrew Molera SP), Pfeiffer Beach and had a blast. We're not into conquering any peaks, but we do enjoy packing a lunch and heading out for several hours. My days of packing in everything and hiking the Sierras are long over. A half day excursion seems to be the sweet spot. Right now we're thinking of hitting Catalina and enjoying some of the trails over there.
Sounds like a lot of fun and nice cool weather. I like long day hiking with a base camp. Overnight sounds fun but I donít have the equipment and donít want to spend to dough for something I probably wonít do much of. Iím all in for long day hikes.
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I can't hike anymore. SO SLOW compared to mountain biking.
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I refuse to run, unless required to catch something. Like food, or a frisbee.

Not only is running still slower than biking, it's also more painful.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
I refuse to run, unless required to catch something. Like food, or a frisbee.

Not only is running still slower than biking, it's also more painful.
Everybody should run, enough to be competent at it. It might save your life one day. With good shoes and a sustainable pace, it isn't painful, and feels like the joy of childhood.
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I enjoy walking. But I've never liked running, even when I was an amateur boxer and in the military and had to run. It was just a chore to get over with.

After my neck was broken in car wreck I had the excuse I'd always wanted to avoid running.

But after two months in physical therapy and seeing some improvements in neck and shoulder stability, strength and reduced pain, I might try a little jogging again just to work some different muscles.

It'll probably resemble awkward speed walking. Good enough for me.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
SO SLOW compared to mountain biking.
That's what struck me when I did my first backpack trip. I can recall looking at a map and determining that a campsite was "only" five miles away. An hour later over hilly terrain and I am still not close.
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My local bike club has Sunday hikes fall-through spring.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Everybody should run, enough to be competent at it. It might save your life one day. With good shoes and a sustainable pace, it isn't painful, and feels like the joy of childhood.
Well maybe it shouldn't be painful, but it often is for me (not debilitatingly, just annoying twinges here and there), and it would be painful for many people, for reasons of injury, weight, or technique, etc.

Strangely enough, I have no memory of ever running as a child. I was quite bookish, never played sports (although I famously got hit in the eye with a baseball learning to catch with a glove), and also have no memory of playing with other kids, except one time this neighbor kid and I built a 'fort'. My earliest explicit memory of running is having to run 6 timed laps (1.5mi) in middle school P.E. (I'm sure though, that I did run, but as kids do, totally un-self-consciously, so I'd never remember)

About a year ago I did have a 'memory of the joy of childhood', riding a rigid Surly Krampus up a hill, the lack of bobbing gave me a sense memory of tooling around on my bmx-ish bike.
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The last time I actually sprinted was in beer league softball back in 1996. Since then I believe I can still run because I have moved fairly quickly when a swarm of Africanized bees where chasing me. But I haven’t actually run for a workout. So I believe I can still run but I’m not 100% sure.
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Best not chance it
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
The last time I actually sprinted was in beer league softball back in 1996. Since then I believe I can still run because I have moved fairly quickly when a swarm of Africanized bees where chasing me. But I havenít actually run for a workout. So I believe I can still run but Iím not 100% sure.
I used to think sprinting was the way to run, the goal is to go as fast as you can, right? But then I leaned. You've got to pace yourself. In the event of a fire or some other disaster (or, here, a homeless guy on PCP) running could literally save your life. Plus, if you're starting to hike, you know the one about the bear, right?

Two friends go hiking, and get treed when they see a hungry bear. One of them starts re-tying his shoes. The other says "are you crazy? you can't outrun a bear!" First guy looks at him and says "I don't have to outrun the bear, I have to outrun you."
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I used to think sprinting was the way to run, the goal is to go as fast as you can, right? But then I leaned. You've got to pace yourself. In the event of a fire or some other disaster (or, here, a homeless guy on PCP) running could literally save your life. Plus, if you're starting to hike, you know the one about the bear, right?

Two friends go hiking, and get treed when they see a hungry bear. One of them starts re-tying his shoes. The other says "are you crazy? you can't outrun a bear!" First guy looks at him and says "I don't have to outrun the bear, I have to outrun you."
they didnít know that bears climb trees. He probably walked away and the bear ate his tree bound friends.
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Cascade bears are afraid of their own shadows. I was riding a closed gravel road, one ambled across the road right in front of me, before I could reschedule it looked at me and ran into the bushes. Somebody on our local hiking forum had a story about bluff charging one in camp.

Of course I'm taking about black bears, I think we just had our first confirmed grizz sighting in about 70 years. They're a different story.
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