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Hiking Philosophy From DayHiker.com:

Go Early: One key to a successful long and satisfying day hike is to start early. Lose some sleep. Deal with it. Itís okay. Think about it. Would you rather complete your hike in the dark? You can always sleep after the hike is over. Getting on the trail as early as possible really makes sense. And depending on the time of year, hikes can be prone to afternoon thunderstorms. Itís much better to reach the midpoint by 10 or 11 AM and be well on the way back during the more vulnerable afternoon hours. Another benefit of heading out early is cooler weather. Less heat means less sweating, therefore less water needed and a lighter load.

Go Light: Itís simple: carry less, go further. A minimalist approach is suggested for food, clothing, and other items. Each hike should be planned by considering the risks involved. One advantage to extreme day hiking on well-established trails is the reduced need for survival items since its harder to get lost or hurt yourself.

No one is suggesting you should not bring your single lens reflex camera with tripod, arctic parka for that summer blizzard, first aid kit capable of heart bypass surgery, enough food to feed everyone on the trail, and enough rain gear for the 100 year flood. However, every pound you carry will decrease the probability of your success. Of course, the tricky part is the extra one pound you do carry could save your life.

Go Fast: Actually donít go fast. The goal is to minimize time on the trail by developing a consistent pace with a minimum of rest stops. One can usually spot a novice hiker by bursts of speed, followed by many rest stops. The net effect is usually a slower trip.

Go Far: Early + Light + Fast enables one to go Far in one day and return to the creature comforts of a roof and indoor plumbing. A marathon-like distance with large elevation changes are made possible by this thinking. The personal challenge is to go as far as you can... what someone else does is not the point.

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