Second test hike:
2 hours sleep, 26.5 mi, +/- 4100 ft, 9:33 hours = 2.77 mph
Includes all stops (two water, bunch of breath-catchers)
Weather went to 87F, 72% at the steepest part of the hike.
25 lb downto 15 lb pack (3L H2O + 2L MYOGel)
Asleep by 3:00am, woke at 5:00, on trail at 5:30.
First 15 miles, +1700/-1700 4:06 = 3.58 mph (pretty darn good)
Next 7.5 miles, +2400/-0000 3:24 = 2.21 mph (really felt it, target is 2.6 mph)
Last 4.3 miles, +0000/-2400 2:03 = 2.15 mph (would've been 3 mph w/o bushwacking)
Runkeeper reports 6582 total elevation gain, but I don't believe it. In my JMT spreadsheet I use major elevation points so the ups and downs don't count anyway.
I ended up bushwacking about a mile through an extremely steep redwood forest. This was because I was on a bum trail that ended in nothingness. Cross country shortcuts aren't always! Correcting, the leg would've been 3 mph (same as the rest of the downhill). Total corrected time would've been 2.96 mph, not good enough!
Had minor issue with top-of-the-foot tendonitis on both feet. Painful this morning, but working out.
- Better pacing on hot uphill to prevent runaway pulse/need a break.
- anti-inflammatory every 4 hours, not 8.
- stick to realistic trail for trials.
- could not do 2 of these in a row on 3 hours sleep each.
- 11% improvement in speed would add one hour to sleep time.
Since this was a single hike, not stacked, I want to get to 36 miles, +/-6000 ft, 3.2 mph. (round trip starting at the other side of the GG Bridge - too much flat for a good trial).
JMT - 44 mi/day: /22mi /3h nap /22mi /6h sleep = <5 days