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We were going to go to Suffern, hit the S-BM to Pine Meadow Lake for the night, head back on various trails to Tuxedo.

Kim and I were on the 'E,' heading to Penn Station, when at the 7th Avenue station I went flush and started pouring flop sweat. She looked at me and her look alone convinced me, though I suggested we get to PS, see how I feel.

Just couldn't do it. Besides, I really overpacked. One problem living in the city without a car - we'd have to hike perhaps three miles before the trailhead. All-in-all, about two and half hours travel time, some of it running to catch a train. Also, we have to carry, from home, enough water for at least the hike in, which includes travel to the trailhead. With the heat, 2L each. Man, water's heavy.

I guess my 'jones' got the best of me. Looks like day hikes or close-in trips til fall...


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Ok. Dang. Better luck next time..

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I had that problem on a trip to Mt. Washington, we won't speak of the outcome, but about 1/2 way I got the sweats and nausea something fierce, turned out to be a stomach virus from my son that caught up to me on the ride...  I had only wished it was the sweats from heat.

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Made some adjustments, got the pack from ~31 to ~21. Admittedly, I listened too much to the noob; (she is my fiance;) 'Bring that, we might need it.'

After a while, no argument would do. Ten more pounds.

She'd not picked up the pack until we got home. Then she did. Then she got it. Then she asked me if I was crazy.

'Yes, sweetie. Yes, I am.'

Then I slept for six hours.


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I've been pondering this for a while, and maybe I'm missing something.  Was it just the weight and the weather, or were there other factors?  If not, I suspect that your pack either doesn't fill well or wasn't optimally adjusted.   With a properly fitted, well-adjusted pack, there's no way 31 pounds should be miserable enough to cause a bailout.  I'm all in favor of lightening up and not at all against bailing when something is wrong, but just wonder if there's more to this story.
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31#? That shouldn't be too much for just about anyone. I've often hauled around 40#-45#, (be a bit less now the dog is gone).

OTOH, 2L is only ~4# and overweight on water is kind of self correcting.


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I weigh 140 lbs -- 31 lbs is close to a quarter of my weight.

I should have thought better of it, though -- it was 82* w/75% humidity at 7:00 am.


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I suspect it was the weather and maybe underlying fatigue more than the weight.

Edit:  Mrs big_load weighs about 140 and typically carries 40-45 pounds on a four-day trip.  My usual trail weight is 145-150 and I carry 40-60 pounds, depending on weather on distance to water.  A summer weekender in the northeast would be about 30 pounds for me and a little less for her.
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