Date: 2017-01-27 09:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sophia_sol
This is fascinating and horrifying to me and I would never want to do the Barkley because it sounds utterly miserable. AND YET at the same time I understand the appeal?

It's a combination of enough things that I know I do not deal well with (the worst is being massively sleep deprived, which is a huge no - but also having to get unlost after getting lost, and the feeling of maybe not making any actual appreciable progress towards a goal, and not being able to take a dang break) with things I know I do: interesting physical and mental challenges and being able to prove to myself that I can succeed at them.

I am also just not nearly hardcore enough in my physical abilities right now to be able to do it.

I have imagined hiking the pacific coastal trail though. I would never actually do it for a couple of reasons (the parts of long-distance hiking that appeal to me the least: not being able to escape the mosquitoes, and having to carry all your supplies/gear for the trip on your back) but if I could exist in a world where those weren't factors, I would totally be a hiker. And the pacific coast trail in particular because a hiking trail that involves ladders and bridges and magnificent rainforest scenery! Aww yeah!

Instead I go back-country canoe tripping, where the mosquitoes are far away on land and the canoe carries your stuff for you (except when you do a portage). Sometimes the way I feel at the end of a portage makes me think that I could be a hiker after all - I love how satisfying it is to carry a canoe by myself over a long portage, because of how hard-but-doable it is (your phrase "certain weird values of fun that include most of it being painful and miserable" applies, especially when the canoe is aluminum). But swarms of biting insects are really a dealbreaker. Plus I am not actually into the excessive degree of minimalism required to pack reasonably for a multi-day backpacking trip.
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