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Lordwilliam - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2015

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Bill "lordwilliam" Tice
City: Monument
State: Colorado
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 15, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jun 30th, 2014
Start: Manitou Springs Colorado
End: Pikes Peak Summit
Daily Distance: 6.5
Trip Distance: 15.7

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Equipment and Training Days 17 - 21

Training Day 17: June 25
Well I have assembled a collection of Old School equipment just to experience a weighted pack. I took the loaded pack out for a test spin yesterday for about 4 miles and it worked acceptably.

Equipment includes:
1. 20+ year old EMS 4500 pack, 7.75 pounds
2. 40+ year old Holubar synthetic mummy bag, 4 pounds
3. 1 year old Walmart tent, 3 pounds
4. 60 year old Coleman Peak 1 cook pot set, .75 pound
5. 40 year old EFI (Hank Roberts) stove, .5 pound
6. 10 year old Coleman air mattress, 3 pounds
7. New Sawyer 2 liter water system, 1 pound
8. Primus Butane Lantern, .75 pound
9. Butane canisters (2), 1 pound
That is 22ish pounds, before food, water and clothing. All together the pack is about 38 pounds. The pack does have a good hip belt and ok load leveling straps.
This is a temporary equipment set up until, my ship comes in next month and I can get all new equipment. I am so excited to get out on the trail I just cant wait for the new equipment to get started.
I will be hiking the Barr Trail on Pikes Peak this weekend. Starting point is about 7800 feet and finishes at the top of Pikes Peak 14,115. There is a camp at about 10,500 feet the 6.5 mile point. I will camp there and do day hikes to the summit and to watch the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Race on Sunday. This will be my first 14er hike in over 50 years.

Training Day 18 - 21: June 27 - 30
I decided last weekend was the time to start hiking for real. With the equipment already listed, 4 days food, merino wool long under layer, a compression shirt and a spare pair of liner socks, I set out on Friday afternoon with a total pack weight of about 40 pounds.
I would have preferred to start earlier but I was depending on a ride to a bus that goes to the trail. By the time I got to the trail the temp was in the 90s. The first 2 miles climb 2000 feet with the next 4.5 miles climbing to 10,500. The starting elevation is about 6,600 feet. I camped at the 6.5 mile mark, in Barr Camp. Saturday I spent most of the day around camp and parked in the outhouse. I think some elk jerky or the heat didnt agree with me, even though I hydrated consuming 2 liters of water in the 6.5 miles. On Sunday I did the remaining 6.8 miles which climbs from 10,500 to 14,110 on the top of Pikes Peak. I then hiked back to Barr Camp and 10,500 feet.
When I got to the top I watched some of the race cars at the finish line for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. What amazing fun that must be. They average 90.4 miles per hour for the cars and 74.5 for the motorcycles, on a road with 156 turns and elevation climb from 9,390 feet to 14,110 feet. Unfortunately one of the motorcycle riders crashed just after finishing and later died of his injuries. He was the first driver to die since 1982 and only the 9th in the 97 year history of the race which is the second oldest in the United States.
I challenge anyone in the country to beat that for a Sunday Hike!
I have read about rocks on the trail in Pennsylvania. How do they compare to these at 13,000 feet on the Barr Trail?

I do need to purchase hiking shoes/boots with a super arch support and good heel grip. I was in a lot of pain on the last couple of miles and slipped many times because the heels on my current boots didnt grip well.
All in all it was a great hike and a good first outing with a pack at weight.

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