Being the guy that likes to hike when it is 94 degrees and 80% humidity, I was hesitant when my friend asked me to go hiking on the 18th of November. The forecast was for a normally bizarre Missouri / Arkansas day. The temperature at 6:00 AM was 71 degrees, by noon it was to drop into the lower 40’s with a 20-40 mile an hour north wind.
Our trek on the Centerpoint Trail near Ponca AR began at a comfortable 65 degrees. By the time we stopped at the Henderson Cabin two hours later the temperature had dropped almost 25 degrees with a wind-chill in the upper 20’s.
While I still consider myself a warm weather hiker, I did enjoy the hike, but only because I was prepared. Here are a few things I learned on this hike.
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As my friend and I made our way down the 1,528 foot descent of Hemmed In Hallow Trail, we commented that it was going to be a tough hike out. Fortunately we were prepared when circumstances made it more difficult than we anticipated.
By mid afternoon the temperature was 10 degrees higher than forecasted. With little breeze in the valley the heat became an issue and the steep trail made the two-hour ascent even more difficult than expected.
Many of us have experienced a hike that took more effort than we originally planned. Are you prepared when your next hike takes an unexpected turn?
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If you are into backpacking it’s easy to get excited about the possibility (dream) of a long hike. We all want to do the Appalachian Trail thru hike!
But the reality of life is, most us don’t have the time or resources for a 2,181-mile hike. If we are honest, we struggle to put a Saturday and Sunday back to back.
It’s easy to adopt the mindset that if we can’t hike 40 miles it is not worth getting our packs out. When we do so, we miss some great opportunities. Don’t underestimate the value of a day hike.
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