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Order of Long v. Shorter Hike Days

Postby IHikeLikeAGirl » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:46 am

I am planning a multi day trip this summer and was wondering, which day is better to do the longer hike.

Day 1 will be a 5-6 mi hike in to setup camp, gentle ~2k elevation gain, 35 lb pack
Days 2 and 3 will be - 13+ mi hike and an 8 mi hike. Both hikes involve lengthy ridge runs (class 2) with significant elevation gain and loss
Day 4 - pack up and hike out

No knee problems (yet) and have very good endurance and am training to improve on that more by summer.

Which day would you do the longer hike on, day 2 or 3?
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Re: Order of Long v. Shorter Hike Days

Postby BobbyFinn » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:04 am

With the scenario presented, my preference would be to do the longer day first (not factoring in weather considerations, which would be a day-of call). Otherwise, I would likely be tired for the long day after doing the medium day before it. Better to be tired for the shorter day.
But that's just me.
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Re: Order of Long v. Shorter Hike Days

Postby wildlobo71 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:23 am

I think I agree with Bob; "Day 2" should be the major push with "Day 3" an earlier start so the long rest can occur before you pack up and exit on Day 4.
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Re: Order of Long v. Shorter Hike Days

Postby bergsteigen » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:24 am

Typically I throw the big days in the middle, with the last day being the lightest. It all depends on how quickly you recover from day to day. With Paleo, I find that as long as I eat right (before &) after each hiking day, and get 8 hours of quality rest/sleep, I wake up pretty close to 100%. I can do about 4 days in a row before I need a break, hoping to make that 5 days this year.
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Re: Order of Long v. Shorter Hike Days

Postby mtgirl » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:09 pm

BobbyFinn wrote:With the scenario presented, my preference would be to do the longer day first (not factoring in weather considerations, which would be a day-of call). Otherwise, I would likely be tired for the long day after doing the medium day before it. Better to be tired for the shorter day.
But that's just me.


Agree with BobbyFinn. I always prefer to get my long day over with first, as long as the weather allows for it.
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Re: Order of Long v. Shorter Hike Days

Postby TravelingMatt » Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:53 pm

Ha, that sounds a lot like Chicago Basin.:)

I agree with everyone else, go for as much as possible early. Depending on the geography, if you finish Day 2 without reaching all your objectives it may be possible to tack them onto Day 3 or even spend another night at camp.
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Re: Order of Long v. Shorter Hike Days

Postby 12ersRule » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:08 pm

TravelingMatt wrote:Ha, that sounds a lot like Chicago Basin.:)


If it is Chicago Basin, if you get a bluebird day on your first full day, don't stop after you meet your daily objective. Keep going! The weather won't stay that way.
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Re: Order of Long v. Shorter Hike Days

Postby d_baker » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:17 pm

Class 2 ridge runs? Doesn't sound like Chi-Basin to me.
Gauge it to weather and commitment to route(s) when you're there, and then decide which one to do first.
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Re: Order of Long v. Shorter Hike Days

Postby IHikeLikeAGirl » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:22 pm

Nope, not Chicago Basin, Sangres! :)

Thanks for the advice
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Re: Order of Long v. Shorter Hike Days

Postby Monster5 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:27 pm

Dang. My money was on the RG pyramid area. Cleveland group?

^Weather/bail factor is a great point. Ceteris paribus, I prefer longer->easier with an approach (warm up hike) or easier->longer for day trips with no approach.

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Re: Order of Long v. Shorter Hike Days

Postby d_baker » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:30 pm

Monster5 wrote:Ceteris paribus

(I googled the latin so I sound smarter)

Didn't work with me. Try harder next time. But I don't impress easily.

HikeLikeaGirl.....your post has turned into a guessing game of your plan. Give some hints so we can continue the game. Sangres was a good start....
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Re: Order of Long v. Shorter Hike Days

Postby mtgirl » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:39 pm

Since this may turn into a "gurlz rule" kinda trip, might be fun to keep it a secret, Valerie. 8) And.....your pack might be heavier than 35 pounds if you're carrying all my beer.....
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