There’s Someone In My Head And It’s Not Me

Man Crossing Mountain Pass

An interesting phenomenon in the backpacking community is fear mongering on the trail. Even more so, our ability to buy into it so quickly.

Several years ago, we hiked the Buffalo River Trail. The first section of trail had more elevation change than we expected or were conditioned for. As we worked our way up one particularly steep section (for Arkansas), we met a man coming down the hill.

He said, “Just wait until you hit the first hill on the next section!”

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That Time Your Through Hike Turned Into An Epic Fail…

Taking A Hike Down The Trail

The best laid plans of mice and men! Those would be the words I use to describe our last hike.

We had a group of six on a through hike of the Buffalo River Trail. The first evening the hike started out splendidly. But by the end of the second day, a friend and I had to come off the trail. Frustrated is the mildest term I could use to describe our feelings.

On the drive home we spent most of our time talking about what went wrong. I am writing this somewhat humbling post in hopes that it may help you prevent your own epic fail hike…

[bctt tweet=”A bad day hiking is better than a good day at work!” username=”michaelkduff”]

Here is our evaluation.

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