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Lessons Learned

Lessons learned on the walk

1) No really drink more water - Two days after the event and I'm STILL thirsty - I did NOT drink enough during the walk

2) NEVER leave a pit stop or grab n go with less than two full bottles of beverage - you never know what the terrain is going to be like and if you'll need it

3) Practice on hills and pathways - not just sidewalks and mall walking (or treadmills). Saturday a lot of the walking was on the edges of roads walking on asphalt and we faced some fairly major hills each day.

4) The SMART people brought knit hats and gloves so that they had them available on Saturday night when it was freezing - what I wouldn't have given for a ski cap

5) Bring knee braces - the ace bandages that the medical stations had weren't long enough to deal with knees well and really ace bandages don't do a good job for knees anyway

6) Take pictures everywhere - and put an extra set of batteries in your fanny pack even for opening ceremonies

7) When doing training walks make sure you practice with your water bottles full and carrying everything you think you're going to carry on the walk - my fanny pack weighed a lot more than I expected it to with full bottles

8) Don't forget to bring scissors capable of cutting moleskin

9) Reconsider the fanny pack - I liked mine up until this event but the catch kept releasing at inconvient times. Maybe a backpack would be better?

I'm sure I'll add to this list as I think of things


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Oct. 13th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Hydration pack
For things like this I have a spiffied up hydration pack similar to what the military uses. Has enough room to more than make up for a fanny pack, and carries up to 3 liters of water on your back where it doesn't change your balance as much. Pockets for camera, books, sunscreen, snacks, etc. Camelbak made mine. It's a M.U.L.E!
Oct. 13th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Hydration pack
There were a bunch of people with Camel Paks on the event - but I didn't get one because the documentation for the event had made the point that there would be regular water supply places.
Oct. 14th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Hydration pack
Camelbacks are also more of a pain to fill.

Next time you're up here, take a look at mine -- I've been very happy with it for... ummm... five? six? walks now?

It's similar to THIS including the 20oz. bottle and small pouch (big enough for money-stuff, small Vitamin I container, cell phone, a snack bar or two, and a spare pair of socks).

If you're looking for something a little bigger, then how about something like THIS?

Question - you keep talking about "both" of your water bottles... how big were they?

As for the rest of your Lessons Learned: yep, yep, yep. The thing I learned at the very first Expo I ever attended (way back in history - it was Pallotta TeamWorks' Out of the Darkness walk Expo) and they encouraged us to get outside and find the hilliest and bumpiest trails possible for our training... because no matter how bad a route we found, the Walk route could be worse... and they were right.

Also, walking with full packs (including snacks and drinks) is a lifesaver! Remember that there aren't grab-and-go stops run by helpful volunteers while on training walks! :-P

Edited at 2009-10-14 03:57 pm (UTC)
Oct. 15th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Hydration pack
My fanny pack came with 2 water bottles which are slightly larger than 500 ML each - I know because that's the biggest mark on them. Since the advice of the Komen people was to carry two bottles (one for gateraide and one for water) that's what I went with. But on the first day one was filled with Sekanjabin and the other water. After that they were both filled with water whenever I hit a refill station.
Oct. 15th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Hydration pack
I go the other direction on how to fill... rather than two separate bottles, I just alternate what I fill with.

First stop: gatorade
Second stop: water
Lather, rinse, repeat.
Oct. 13th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
I have 2 hydration packs. One is a backpack, the other is a fanny pack. I use the backpack for walking/hiking/scrambling. I use the fanny pack for cycling.

I tried on 15-20 hydration backpacks looking for one with enough capacity (1.5 L or more) that didn't do bad things to my posture. For long walks I always use the hip belt and buckle and unbuckle the chest strap to shift the load a little as I go.

The fanny pack can hold the water, my wallet, keys, phone, tissues, and a granola bar or two. I don't think I've ever filled the backpack to capacity.

There are also some hydration belts which hold lots of littler water bottles, distributing the weight all around. They seem to be used mostly by runners. They can distribute the weight by moving bottles as they empty them.
Oct. 14th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
re: fanny pack/backpack

Unless you need a large enoug bag that the hip belt becomes effective (weight transfer to hips rather than back)... stick to the fanny pack, or go with smaller/lighter of both.

Between varying trip (day to almost week) hiking times, and dealing with what I need in general if I am walking... and used to take if the dog came along... I've tried both... weight to hips neasrly always wins out (heck it does with the tudor garb as well!)
Oct. 14th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Ultimate Direction makes amazing fanny packs. I used one of theirs when I did the 3-day. It only had 1 water bottle holder, so I bought a second holder that went over the strap and sat in front. Very handy. I also have a tiny one for running made by them. They are always the first brand I look at. VERY high quality. VERY functional.
Oct. 16th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
One of the things that we did in preparation for hiking through Hakeakala, a 3 day hike, was to prep our feet using petroleum jelly and nylons. We put the petroleum jelly on the places that the shoe would rub then put the stocking over that then put our socks over that. It really reduces the friction and nobody on that trip needed the moleskin.
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