Knowing Your Limits In The Outdoors

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We all like to think we can do more than our body will allow us to; it’s only human nature.

But there comes a time where you have to know your limit lies and not go past it. Because if you do, it might land you in some serious trouble.

I use this mentality in a number of ways with The Hiking Society MeetUp group.

To start with, it has a lot to do with the way I position the group – it’s an outdoor group for hikers of all levels of experience.

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There are groups out there – both on MeetUp and not – that only host short distance hikes and some who only host long distance hikes.

Furthermore, there are some who prefer to stick significantly harder hikes, while others will only host easy hikes.

I believe there is a market for each and every one of those groups because some people only prefer to do one type of hike.

I want people to join the group who have never hiked before and do regular short hikes and, should they want to, dip their toe in the water with the harder and longer hikes.

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Secondly, I use this mentality when I am doing a write up for an upcoming hike.

The last thing I want someone to do is to come on a hike underprepared and ill-informed about what they are in for.

That is why I try and include as much information about the hike as I possibly can. Is it hard? Is it easy? Are there hills? If so, do they occur regularly?

In saying that, there is an onus on each and every one of those people contemplating coming on a hike to have enough self-awareness about their own physical abilities.

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And, this obviously comes into play if you are going on a hike by yourself.

In short, we all want to try and better ourselves for a variety of reasons. When it comes to hiking, if you want to go on that long distance hike, but feel you aren’t quite ready, then don’t go.

I believe the best advice I can give to you is to work up to it. If you are hell bent on that long distance hike, you’ll find the time to go on regular short hikes and eventually you will get to the level you need to be to do it.

2 Responses
  1. Ken

    The two of the Tongariro Crossing bring back memories. First of going up the chains and deciding that I have a 4 day backpack, so I will hold onto the chain and anyone going the other way can sort it out for themselves. Going down the other side there were people running down through the loose stones, a bit of a worry when you have a big pack on and don’t want to be bumped. Great walk anyway, had fantastic weather.

    1. John Feeney

      Hi Ken, it’s such a mind-blowing experience to hike that track. It’s bizarre to think that most of the NI is covered in green and then the Tongariro NP is all volcanic terrain. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Much appreciated. John

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