Here’s to New Adventures

In the upcoming days I have 2 friends departing on thru hike attempts of the PCT, one friend heading abroad to India for several months, and my own mini adventure of the Zion Traverse trail run all taking place. Another friend just completed her first half-Iron Man triathlon. Everyday people DO do exceptional things. These are the sorts of things we’ll look back on and remember what it meant to each of us to overcome the barriers between impossible and possible, to sweat, hurt, and to feel exhilarated, and to have shared it with our friends and family.

This post is sort of about nothing, but also, it isn’t. It’s a small reminder to make time to have your own adventure; small or big it doesn’t matter. It’s also a prelude to some content we’ll be posting in the weeks ahead. While our friends are out hiking the PCT we’ll be tracking their progress and updating a “rolling” post as they check in with civilization to share thoughts, photos, and maybe even answer a question or two.

PCT Hike Food
Some of Adam’s Food for his PCT Thru Hike
Check out the difference between the amount of food required for a long hike (Adam’s self portrait above) vs. the amount required for a long run 🙂
Zion Run Food
Jacob’s food/sugar for the Zion Traverse Run

That’s hundreds of thousands of calories over ~14 weeks vs. thousands of calories over ~14 hours! The above contrast is just one of many that I’ve been pondering over, all of which lead me to wonder… is backpacking really an activity? It might seem like an absurd question at first blush, but I really felt that it was a question worth exploring so I decided to put it before a few friends whose responses I’ll be posting soon. I think the resulting thought processes will be interesting and may provoke others to consider the issue.

A full report on my Zion run will be in the works as well, that is, if the run doesn’t kill me off. If nothing else, adrenaline alone will keep me alive. Exciting times!

Well, whatever content ultimately passes muster with our “publish” button, whether nonsense. or trip report, or gear talk – the main idea is to get outdoors and have fun. So here’s to your next adventure, and may our paths someday cross on the trail or off! Hike It. Like It.

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Jacob is the head honcho, wearer of many hats, and modern day berserker here at Hike It. Like It. When he's not out hiking or running the trails you'll find him operating in full capacity as a Super Dad and chipping away at a degree in Kinesiology. This guy likes to stay busy. Follow on Strava

2 Comments

  1. April 3, 2014
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    Is hiking an “activity”… sure it is. It is people doing something… an activity.

    An interesting question that I often ponder on is “when does a hiker become an athlete?”

    Can we call PCT/AT/CDT thru-hikers athletes?

    Well, what about triple crowners?

    Or, what about guys like Matt Kirk who push themselves at such a pace that its hard not to call them an athlete.

    Or what about those of us that spend 150 or 200+ days a year out on the trail?

    Or, do we have to go from being hikers to being fastpackers and/or adventure racers before we are an athlete?

    Or, do we only apply that label to the half-dozen or so hikers that make their living at hiking as athlete?

    An athlete is defined as “a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise”.

    Why is it that we do not consider the top 1% of hikers around the world as athletes??

    No idea if this term even applies to those at the very top of the hiking world, or if we should, but its something to ponder on while you are pondering on whether or not backpacking is an activity 🙂

    • April 3, 2014
      Reply

      Hi John.

      Hmm… Well, I’ve run my share of organized races. I’d have to check public race records, but it’s probably been a couple of years. I believe the last one I ran, I placed 23 out of 200+. I have to admit that I’ll probably run that one again because I think I can pull off a top 10 finish now, and it would be neat to do that once. But honestly, the competition doesn’t appeal to me all that much.

      “Athlete” implies competing with others. That’s the origin of the word anyway. I’ve never met a hiker who wanted to be called an athlete, then again it never occurred to me to ask. I would be a little offended if anyone ever called me an athlete – for me, hiking and running are the anti-competition. They give me a way to escape competition and just be outside, either with family, friends, or just by myself. Out there we’re all equal, I don’t really know what you mean by top 1% of hikers. I guess I just look at it differently.

      It’s not just anyone who can become an Olympic medalist. Take out the competition and rankings and I fully believe that everyday people are capable of accomplishing extraordinary things. There’s a great satisfaction in achieving personal goals without having to be compared to others. The book “Born to Run” sums this up this thought completely.

      … and with that, I’m off to Nare my knees and catch a plane to Vegas! Zion, here I come…………

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