It is my intention to try and complete a 30 + mile hike in one day.
When I was a teenager, my record was 36 miles with a 25 to 30 pound backpack. I was 145 pounds soak and wet.
Now, I have what may be known as a “Dad Bod” or “Non Vegetarian Bod.”
In fact, I recently received a note on my contact page stating I am “a fatty.”
Indeed, I am most assuredly not light for my height weighing in above 190.
The description is accurate.
However, I spoke with a good number of my family members and they feel like I can make this happen while a lot of folks I have consulted outside of my family think my goal is unreasonable.
Thanks for the love and faith in me, Family!
Importantly, 30 miles does not seem unreasonable to me, and I will be walking it.
To be safe, I researched a little anyway and found these sites insightful as to what I am proposing.
A good portion of what is important on this particular hike is the weather.
The forecast is in my favor and it should be a comfortable 77F 25C; there is a 60 percent chance of afternoon showers. Being in an open area without cover in a rainstorm is a slight concern for me.
The route is relatively flat and is designated as a tropical/subtropical steppe climate.
While I am not sure what that actually means, I would call it semi arid desert. I may get to see a lot of prickly pear, yucca, and antelope.
There probably will not be much of this.
I have never been where I am going, but I plan for it to look like this.
Dry and Desolate. A thirsty land with little water.
Due to the potential for excessive sun exposure, I will take the advice of Darwin on the Trail. In his tutorial called Tips for Hiking in the Desert, he advises wear long sleeves, pants, a gator and ballcap.
To provide shade, my wide brim black hat would be a good choice if it was lighter in color. It also hits the frame of my backpack and would not stay on my head well with the gear I am selecting.
My supplies will include a rain slicker, jacket,umbrella, ace bandages, trekking poles, and a headlamp. For hydration and energy, I will carry 3 gallons of water and Clif Bars.
Finally, Here is a map of the proposed route. It will be from Pueblo, Colorado to either Fountain or the Colorado Springs City Limit.
If you look at the map, you will see Fountain Creek nearby.
While I have a filtration system, I would rather carry 25 pounds, 11.3 Kilograms of water than drink from there if I can help it. The creek has a horrible reputation for industrial pollution.
I would like to make a blog post about my adventure and I would admire your interaction along the way. My next post will serve as a method of communication with me while I give it my best shot. If all works as planned, I will ping my location for you upon request in the comments.
I will begin my hike at approximately 0600 hours MST on July 27th and walk until I get there or call for a pickup if I cannot.
This conversion table may help with the time so you can join me. 6:00 AM MST to Your Local Time Conversion, but I will send the post when I start walking.
As always, thank you for your encouragement and support. I look forward to having you in my front shirt pocket as I travel.