[FoRK] New Orleans is Sinking

Stephen D. Williams sdw
Fri Sep 2 11:31:01 PDT 2005

1) For 50% of the ridge hike, there's no reasonable way to mountain 
bike.  You'd be over the edge and going almost straight down 
immediately.  You feel like you're going to do that just hiking.  The 
trail is very difficult, and this wasn't the most difficult by far.

2) We were just musing about the limits of endurance that are reasonably 
possible.  I have some reasonable depth because of my high school 
running, but I sit in front of a computer far too much to really be in 
shape.  In fact, on the ridge hike I was dying because I had to take a 
few months off of serious exercise due to a foot injury.  My cardio 
regressed a lot.  You can get amazingly far if you just sit and rest to 
recover every few minutes.  I would have paid some serious money for an 
air lift the last 5 miles.


Andy Armstrong wrote:

> On 2 Sep 2005, at 16:28, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>> I had a brisk walk with almost no water (better climate) in  Montreal 
>> two years ago: 43 miles in 11 or 12 hours.
>> I felt fine until some muscle cramps in one leg the next day.  I  
>> suppose I'm not average.
>> A few weeks ago I did 15 miles in very difficult ridge terrain in  
>> Oahu with 4700ft. gain total.  Hard core Hawaiin hiking, the kind  
>> you can only find through local clubs and not any hiking guide, are  
>> DIFFICULT, scary, and fun if you liked to be pushed almost over the  
>> limit.  Imagine a ridge 1 ft. wide, with 60% from horizontal slopes  
>> down 1000+ ft. on each side and a 6" muddy path.  Or areas with a  20 
>> ft. muddy rise/drop (each way) in 10 ft., with slippery mud  directly 
>> into a 1000+ft. ledge.
> I have two reactions to that: 1) it sounds like great mountain biking  
> 2) why the high pissing competition about what /we/ could do? It's  
> not us we're talking about.

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