I'm planning to do a thru hike in a few months, slightly over 400 miles over mountainous terrain that will take me around 30 days to complete.

I'm planning to do a thru hike in a few months, slightly over 400 miles over mountainous terrain that will take me around 30 days to complete.
I run multiple times every week and have I'm used to hiking but my longest hike up to date was just a hair shorter of 140 miles so this one is a big leap therefore I would like to know if I need to do a specific preparation and wether or not is advised to start the hike overweight to guarantee the body has energy reserves just in case.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    why do always semi-fat and 'weak' people hike? why are they never fit

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Your perspective isn't accurate.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Because hiking is fun, gives you cool scenery, and helps your cardiovascular system. Powershitting and gulping protein powder does none of those things.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      They're middle-class people on vacation away from the office.
      If you want to see a lean one look at youtube channels of people that do it for a living.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Because it's pussy shit for urban dwellers looking for an exotic adventure. It's literally just walking uphill and posting selfies on instagram. People who actually do sports and care about their physical power don't waste their energy climbing some rock to take photos and then come down.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

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    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

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    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Stop porn.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >I would like to know if I need to do a specific preparation
    Yeah, probably.

    The elevation will be the biggest challenge imo. Find the steepest trail in your area and start doing circuits up and down carrying the same load you will on your hike.

    You don't want to start the hike fat but maybe a little overweight. I did a 30 day hike with ascents up to 6400m last year and I lost a ton of weight but that was partly because of altitude sickness fricking with my appetite.

    I found BCAAs helpful. A couple of serves of BCAAs each day can help with endurance and minimise muscle loss during the trip, especially if you're too fathued to eat sufficient real food..

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      That's a long enough challenge that you can't really prepare for it other than making sure you're in decent shape AND MOST IMPORTANTLY you've conditioned your feet prior to the hike.

      When it comes to these big ass thruhikes, really the most important thing is just to make sure your feet are 100% conditioned prior to setting out. Your body will adjust to the days of hiking but if your feet aren't up to the task it's ogre.

      Thanks guys.
      Elevation wise this trail tops at around 12000 feet, it's not nothing but it's not Himalayan tier hypoxia either.

      pack your equipment, or a bag with the equivalent weight of your equipment, and do deep squats to failure. whether thats 30 or 300+ reps, doesn't matter, just go until you can't anymore. then on the next leg day do walking lunges with the same weight, to failure. you need to build up your endurance.

      That squat tip is gold because is something that I can do at home so it's very convenient. Thanks.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    pack your equipment, or a bag with the equivalent weight of your equipment, and do deep squats to failure. whether thats 30 or 300+ reps, doesn't matter, just go until you can't anymore. then on the next leg day do walking lunges with the same weight, to failure. you need to build up your endurance.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Buy a tent

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    That's a long enough challenge that you can't really prepare for it other than making sure you're in decent shape AND MOST IMPORTANTLY you've conditioned your feet prior to the hike.

    When it comes to these big ass thruhikes, really the most important thing is just to make sure your feet are 100% conditioned prior to setting out. Your body will adjust to the days of hiking but if your feet aren't up to the task it's ogre.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Figure I'd throw myself into the ring because it's the thing I'm most qualified to speak of on this board being an AT thruhiker.
    If you're already running and know how to hike you're more than fine. I saw fatasses/skinnyfats off the couch make it to Katahdin. That being said I saw a lot more fit people finish.The best training for long distance hiking is long distance hiking. If you're relatively fit like it seems you are the only hurdle will be checking your ego in at the door and easing yourself into the hike. Idk what the terrain you're going into will be like but it's important to START SLOW. EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU CAN GO FURTHER. This acclimitizes your body to hiking every day. 10-12 miles max for the first week. From there go ham. This will minimize the chance for injury and build 'trail legs' for the rest of the trip. The only good training for a hike like this is just being generally fit and having muscles you move around on the regular much prior to the hike itself. Once you get out there any moron can hike at their own pace. All you're doing is injury mitigation basically. Have fun Anon.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I forgot to answer your last question so I'll just say it's better to have some fat on you rather than being a lean 10% bf just because I have no idea what your eating habits are. 400 miles in 30 days isn't a death march pace so as long as you're eating enough on trail and gorging yourself in town (you will) you probably won't lose more than 5-10lb. I only lost 6 on the whole AT but I was chugging beers and eating just the most calorie dense slop I could as much as possible.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >will be checking your ego
      Very true. I had to quit a 120 mile hike because I wanted to do it as fast as possible and ruined my feet on the first day doing 30 or so miles and a stupid amount of elevation gain.
      Thanks.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    its just walking, you'll be fine. the biggest obstacle will be being cold, wet and getting poor sleep. you don't need any preparation if you can already walk 12 miles in a day. I'd only worry about carrying enough food.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Anon goes missing even though he was experienced and prepared

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >t. David Paulides

      It's not that hard bro. You're not going to be wheezing for air like you're running. It's like doing a stair master, just take a break if you need to. If you're really worried just pack as light as possible but don't skim on food.

      Calorie expenditure is kinda crazy when you're going up and down a mountainous trail for 12h a day so your body does take a hit.

      >goes camping
      >brings processed slop in plastic to eat and drink

      I am at a loss for words.

      Post your backpacking food list.

      >Inb4 bannock

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's not that hard bro. You're not going to be wheezing for air like you're running. It's like doing a stair master, just take a break if you need to. If you're really worried just pack as light as possible but don't skim on food.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >goes camping
    >brings processed slop in plastic to eat and drink

    I am at a loss for words.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Not sure why you think camping or not is at all relevant. Processed sealed packaged food that doesn't spoil is very convenient when hiking.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    hiking didn't need this "thru-hiking" subculture. hippies that like to walk felt so special they needed their own classification.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Elaborate

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I've hiked the PCT, in sections, not thru:
    >if you're going to exist at much higher altitudes, get there a few days early to acclimate. Altitude sickness is a b***h
    >if you DO get altitude sickness, you're stuck in place for a day. Do not push it AT ALL if you don't want to turn around, literally pretend you are bed bound for the best chance at recovery
    >if you've gotten a new gear for the trip, practice with it
    >bulking depends on if you currently have fat to lose, it's not unreasonable to loose >10 lbs in a month backpacking. The weight slides off
    >calorie dense, lightweight foods to slow weightloss: dehydrated peanut butter, dehydrated milk, dehydrated butter, pudding powder, chickpea flour, hard cheese
    >bring extra salt: you'll sweat a lot and get fierce cravings

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The trail starts at sea level then it goes up to 12000 in the middle section before going down to end at sea level again.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

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  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    if you live on flat terrain, i"ve found that barefoot running ie using shoes with almost no support helps prepare your feet to protect from ankle injuries and blisters once you start thru hiking on real rugged terrain. Otherwise just do 20 to 30 mile day hikes if you have access to mountain trails where you live.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >advised to start the hike overweight to guarantee the body has energy reserves
    Jesus.
    1lb of fat = 3500 calories. So you'd only burn about 30lbs over your entire trip assuming that you ate NO OTHER FOOD at all.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This probably an overkill, but when I was researching how alpinists train, I found there is book everyone recomends on training - "Training for the new Alpinism". It has this test for your fitness level. Perform step ups like this https://www.youtube.com/shorts/CNaHGg3L8Kg
    Some explanations about test from other guys https://journeytoalpinism.com/2015/02/03/training-tuesdays-baselines/

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Squats and squats

    I did a 15 day hike and all my prep was going to the gym and doing bodybuilding. I did full body and squatted every single session. Cardio once a week

    My dad did the hike with me and his training was just walking and hiking. He kept telling me to stop lifting and start walking. I didn't listen

    Anyway when we started the hike I destroyed my dad. He was huffing and puffing at every uphill but I would fly up with no effort. When your legs and back are strong from squats, walking with a pack on is baby weight

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