I'm a small guy, 5'6" and 140 lbs. My strength to weight ratio is high meaning I'm strong for my size and weight. I get away with not training very hard but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. I would imagine the bigger you are the harder it could be on you. Last year I started walking 3 miles a day and doing bleachers about a month before I headed up there and did well. The key for me is I pace myself early. I found the pace where I was breathing hard but not letting my heart race. I knew where my body was comfortable an was able to keep it there for the entire hike up. Drinking lots of water and eating energy bars, trail mix, and snacking all the way up helps a lot also.
Is there really any BAD weather???
My technique is to go with someone who seems to know everyone we bump into on the trail and insists on photographing them. That way, I get plenty of rest stops. ;-p
Keep close to Nature's heart...
and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.
Wash your spirit clean. - John Muir
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Meh, I'm a rather slow hiker (in pace, people, not mentality ) which can be annoying if I'm with people who think they need to puch the group (including leaving them behind and not taking rests)
So, I'm working out more so I can make my May hike in a good pace, and gonna get a few lil' peaks in before then. Hopefully I'll be able to do Bear this weekend, wx and work permitting.
What I do is lead every time. I go slow, but methodically, and steadily. My best friend is fast paced, so I make him follow me. haha
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This is simple but sound advice.
I have known many superior athletes, including marathon runners, that got beat up both mentally and physically attempting to climb Mount Washington.
One of the most important things I have learned about hiking is the balance aspect. You always seem to have one foot on a high rock and another foot below on a tangled root. This idea of having one leg much higher than the other on various terrain is very difficult for many people.
The other thing I have learned though hiking is that most of it is in your head.
There are so many things to overcome:
length of hike
who you are with
weight of your pack
how you feel
These things I have picked up from my Dad, who is 83 and still climbing.
The balance of a hiker and what they are thinking during the hike are crucial to a pleasant experience.
Good luck and see you on the trail!
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