Originally Posted by Rockdawg69
Practice, Practice, Practice. You are talking roughly 20 miles per day in some roller coaster stuff with varying grades and elevation change. Stair Climber in the gym with pack every day would be good, unless you are already tuned up to that level. March weather can be good or bad - meaning too hot and/or snow and ice. With the weather patterns the last few years, anything goes.
Suggestions: get your pack weight down; plan on re-supply of food at Neels Gap to save weight for first 2 days; enjoy yourself despite the pain!!!!
Would like to be back on the trail but am back in an old job to help fill in for folks who retired. Maybe next year!
Thanks for the advice, let me say this, we are hoping to get 100 miles but I understand the weather will be crazy up or down but I think I'm prepared. Got my 20* TQ and 20*UQ along with a down jacket. My pack weight is 19 lbs minus food and 15 lbs without clothes. The main thing I'm worried about is my buddies coming with me, they have hiking experience but not winter camping. Also worried about me physically, but I'm training just about everyday with a 20 lb pack and a number 6 incline on the treadmill. I even put blocks under the back of the treadmill to simulate a downhill hike! So hopefully i will be fine and if we dont make the 100 miles in 5 days oh well ill still be happy. Our goal of the trip is to push ourselves.
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