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    Senior Member Raul Perez's Avatar
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    When I first started out I had a 60lbs pack for a 5 day hike. With research and changing gear it got down to 30lbs for the same type of trip a year later. Now for a similar trip for 5 days I topped off at 24lbs most of it was food and water. After each trip I reflect on what I used, what I didnt, and what I could do better next time.

    When I'm faced with 1,000' inclines and declines on the Appalachian Trail I used to view them with disgust... now only mild annoyances.

    check out my hiking 101 series located in my signature. I will give you some ideas on how to lighten up when you start venturing into UL Status.
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    Senior Member SpaceCadet's Avatar
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    My first backpacking trip my pack weighed 40lbs. But 15lbs of it was climbing gear. On a side note, here's a picture of me wearing a 80lb portable satellite dish that the Army uses to send us public affairs material.

    If you don't try due to fear of failure you've already failed due to fear.

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    Senior Member Bradley's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3club View Post
    . . . But many ignore the best improvement they could make towards those goals.
    They concentrate on pack weight more than personal body weight.
    . . .
    WoW . . . do I ever agree . . .

    I thought I was 15 lbs over . . .

    but I have lost 50 lbs since Christmas and feel GREAT . . .
    I also trimed my pack from 50 lbs to about 35 lbs . . .

    I may be the guy floating up those hills . . .
    I myself am badly out of shape, and I know that I would enjoy my hikes (and life in general) better if I would exercise more
    Exercise is great but won't do it alone . . .

    It is all about what you eat . . .
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    again I must invoke the 80/20 rule- 80% nutrition (what you put in) and 20% exercise(how you work it off)
    even the bodybuilders admit workouts alone will not do you much good if your fuel (food!) is terrible...

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    Senior Member KerMegan's Avatar
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    again I must invoke the 80/20 rule- 80% nutrition (what you put in) and 20% exercise(how you work it off)
    even the bodybuilders admit workouts alone will not do you much good if your fuel (food!) is terrible...

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    Senior Member 3club's Avatar
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    Agreed, neither exercise alone nor diet alone will get you there. You need BOTH.

    SpaceCadet, that's quite a pack! WOW!

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