I thought about this article some last night, and reread it this morning, and to be honest, this article is one that I would have just flipped past in the print magazine and am disappointed with here. A couple of things are critically missing.
The first is that this article is missing any real connection to backpacking! I would have been much more interested if it started with a discussion of a specific trip prior to the training regime, mentioning how many miles per day were achieved, how the author felt at the end of each day. Then the article could wrap up with a description of another trip where the rewards of this program were reaped, so many days were hiked one after the other, the author found no trouble hiking 30 miles per day for 5 days in a row, covering 150 miles all told and felt great after each 12 hour day. Given all that I would also want to know some things about the author (age and gender) that would tell me how applicable this plan might be to me.
As it stands, the article is a sterile prescription we are being asked to swallow. For all we know, the author just slapped together this program, gathered up a collection of stretching exercises from somewhere and nobody alive has ever tried this program.
Maybe there is a part II coming that includes the human aspect?
A side note on stretching - most runners do not stretch to gain flexibility, but to compensate for the shortening of muscle and connective tissue that takes place as part of a training program. Without stretching, this shortening will often make a person more injury prone. Stretch not to warm up, but when warmed up, preferably after working out.
A second complaint (and others have pointed this out) is the foggy definition of the goal. A backpack trip involving a single day of 30 miles and 2000 feet - I am not sure exactly what this is.
Apart from this ambiguity, there is not much discussion of recovery, which is a vital, perhaps the most important aspect of any training program. If we are training to hike a week of 30 mile days, what in the program addresses the getting up the next day and doing it again, and then again the next day? The training focuses on the goal of doing a single 30 mile day hike as near as I can tell, which hardly applies to anything I plan to do.
Is BPL slipping from its roots in well researched articles full of lots of quantitative data?