Arnie aah were those angels

Article by Arnie P

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Arnie aah were those angels

I was standing in the middle of a stream, watching my boots float down a fast moving stream. My horror grew as I thought only a miracle could get me out of this place. I needed the help of angels. No long after that my hiking friend said, “Arnie, aah were those angels?” Let’s go back to the beginning of this story for a better understanding.

When it all started

This story starts on January 1, 2001 on a joint Meetup/GONE hike. I became aware of the hike from an Internet email I got from Gone (Go New England.org). A person called Feral_Cat was leading a hike for both groups and was looking for a co-leader. She picked me for this position. It was a great day for a hike, well attended and we all had a fantastic time. I did spend some time with Feral_Cat that day and found out we had a lot in common in the area of hiking. We had both hiked with some of the same hikers. We also were about the same height, weight, and shoe size. In equipment I had the Gregory Whitney 95 and she had the Gregory Deva the equivalent backpack for a woman, and we hiked at the same speed. Some people have their own speed and can’t make adjustments.

This does not make for an easy hike especially when there are in places where the trail branches in 2 or more directions. It is nice to have all hikers taking the turns together as it avoids having to look for anyone who may have gone the wrong way. I hiked locally with Feral_Cat who was staying in shape to finish her 48 four thousand foot mountains of New Hampshire. I had finished bagging my 48 peaks when Feral_Cat asked me to help her complete her remaining 5 peaks. These included the 2 longest and the others were some of the most difficult. We did the 3 shorter ones and left the 2 longest for last. The last think on our mind was a disaster and having angels rescue us. It was now time to tackle these during the summer of 2009.  Please click here to read the story.

Arnie’s thoughts on “grit” and the mental aspects of hiking

Arnie’s thoughts on “grit” and the mental aspects of hiking

Article by Arnie P

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Hiking is a very safe sport, when one understands how my thoughts on grit plays in taming down the stories of injuries. What is not understood is the number of hikers who hike and return tired but in good condition every day of the year in all kinds of weather. My purpose is to pass on some of my half century experience on the trail especially in understanding the role of grit,
Getting the right equipment for the location and conditions of your hike is very important. Good equipment does not let you down. Read the reviews and articles on 4alloutdoors.org.

Physical fitness is also important. My experience is the more you know yourself the better you are prepared to deal with difficult times that sometimes happen on a hike. Most of my hiking experience has been in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Mount Washington has some of the worst weather in the world and there are quite a few mountains nearby that share most of that same unpredictable weather. When hiking in an unfamiliar area you face a different kind of difficulty. Know as much as you can about where you intend on hiking before the hike. To read more.