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Lady hiker sets new record for Appalachian Trail

Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 5:36 pm
by ConnieD
Article and video about lady hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis.

article: http://www.wdbj7.com/news/wdbj7-story-l ... 8180.story

video: http://www.wdbj7.com/videogallery/69940 ... in-46-days

Jennifer said, it was the tortoise and hare story.

Re: Lady hiker sets new record for Appalachian Trail

Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 9:23 pm
by zelph
She made it in 46 days. She musta jogged quite a bit. ;)

Can't understand why she uses hiking poles on well groomed/flat trails as shown in the video. If anything she should be carrying them in the center, paralell to her body until needed in different terrain.

I see many videos with the same thing.

Re: Lady hiker sets new record for Appalachian Trail

Posted: Sat May 26, 2012 12:17 pm
by ConnieD
I think people get a kind of a rolling and swinging gate going. They like to swing their hands like that.

I crosswalk like a normal person, but I have my hands get numb on a long hike.

I find it helps have no numbness in my hands if I use the hiking pole wrist straps correctly, allowing the pole handle top move loosely held. So for no numbness in my hands, I think the hiking poles have unexpected added value.

Re: Lady hiker sets new record for Appalachian Trail

Posted: Sat May 26, 2012 3:00 pm
by realityguy
Using trekking poles..When lower extremities get tired or sore,arms can take over a lot of the work and effort...especially up and down hills or large Sasquatch steps,roots,and rocks.You get more of an "overall" body workout..rather than justwear and tear on the legs,knees,and feet.

Re: Lady hiker sets new record for Appalachian Trail

Posted: Tue May 29, 2012 12:32 am
by zelph
I don't use them so I don't know about the benefits on flat terrain. Looks kinda like wasting energy on flat terrain. :?

Re: Lady hiker sets new record for Appalachian Trail

Posted: Tue May 29, 2012 10:33 am
by ConnieD
If you are on a flat rail around a big lake, for ample, and not hiking long distance, yes.

Even so, if you need them to set up tarp or tent, they make sense often weighing less than tarp or tent poles.

If I were hiking on a fairly level trail around a big lake to a campsite, I might carry them collapsed and tied to my pack.

Re: Lady hiker sets new record for Appalachian Trail

Posted: Tue May 29, 2012 1:38 pm
by zelph
I crosswalk like a normal person, but I have my hands get numb on a long hike.
What do you think is causing the numbness?

Re: Lady hiker sets new record for Appalachian Trail

Posted: Tue May 29, 2012 7:07 pm
by ConnieD
It used to be wide shoulder straps on my backpacks.

I have narrow s-curve shoulder straps on my backpacks, now.

I hike long distance and at higher altitude, with lots of up and down. Maybe altitude?

If I use my hands and arms, say with walking sticks, I don't have the numbness.

I first noticed the difference, when I carried a walking staff with a camera-mount to use as a monopod. One hand, the hand with the walking staff, didn't get numb. So I think I need to use my hands more than the normal arm movement of walking.

I never could understand walking sticks, until I wanted to leave tarp and tent poles home.

Now, I think they are a good deal.

Re: Lady hiker sets new record for Appalachian Trail

Posted: Wed May 30, 2012 8:55 pm
by zelph
That's very interesting. I wonder what is taking place inside the hands that keeps the numbness away. Maybe it's in the upper arms where it is occuring......letting blood flow more easily or something like that. thanks for sharing that, good to know. Others might have had the same experience.

Re: Lady hiker sets new record for Appalachian Trail

Posted: Wed May 30, 2012 10:57 pm
by ConnieD
It may be a function of altitude, which I suspect it is.

My property is at 5,640' altitude. I routinely hike from 7,000 - 9,000' altitude.

I think the increased circulation of using your arms is the answer.

I know many mountainclimbers complain of tingling, if not numbness, in their hands. Some complain of swelling. I was told to drink a lot of water two, three days ahead as if that is the answer. I don't know. I know handling the ice axe and the climbing rope helped and for hiking considerable miles the trekking sticks help.