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Slingblade
City: Mammoth Lakes
State: California
Country: US
Begins: Mar 20, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Apr 29th, 2015
Start: Campo
End: Mile 9.46
Daily Distance: 9.46
Trip Distance: 9.5

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Day one

Day one is in the books. I'm out of shape, old and slow. But determined. The trail was in great shape, even saw a crew doing trail work. They saw me and yelled, "hiker!" And moved to the side to let me pass. I felt honored. Weather was hot, about 88. I got started later than I wanted, knocked out 5 miles, took a 3 hour break and covered 5 more. I wish I could drink more than one liter of water per 4 miles. I'm used to more. But oh well. It's a long dry stretch. Tomorrow is a new day and I should hit Lake Morena by mid afternoon. Water there. Oh, the 'only issuing 50 permits a day' thing is ridiculous. Today was full on the books. I saw 3 other hikers all day. People think they want to do this, sign up, then do a little research and bail.

Things I Learned Today

If you have to go #2, someone will walk up on you, even if you only saw 2 other hikers ALL day.

Spending the winter at 6500 foot elevation and building up all those extra red blood cells did not boost my climbing ability like I'd hoped.

Just because there wasn't a snake by your cook stove 2 minutes ago DOES NOT mean there won't be one when you return.

Don't freak out and have a panic attack when you think you don't have enough water to cover tomorrow's stretch of trail. There just might be a liter and a half hiding in the webbing on your pack.

And related to the previous lesson, I am not built to handle panic attacks. At all. It's not in my genes.

The big things that sound like small helicopters that buzz around your head after dark are NOT bats going for your jugular. They're just very, very large moths.

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