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    POLL: Your longest day?

    POLL: What is the longest day you've ever had hiking?

    I've never broken 16 hours.
    16 was the longest marathon hike I've ever endured when I climbed Marcy, Gray, Skylight, Haystack, Basin and Saddleback in the ADKs.

    The Catskill Bushwhack range took me 15 1/2 hours: Wittenburg, Cornell, Friday, Balsam Cap, Rocky, Lone, Table, Peekamoose.

    After a climb completely goes around the clock (more than 12 hours), it just gets increasingly insane from there!
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    About 17 hours not by choice on a winter hike over the Weeks Range that went south. We weren't that many minutes away from having to do a forced bivy on cold night.

    My slowpoke presi traverses are usually 15 hours.

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    17 hours for Twins/Bonds/Zealand.

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    The interesting thing with me is how daylight related my motivation is. I can start out in the dark in the AM and run all day but once the sun sets and its dark my energy level just dives. Not so bad in June but kind of annoying in late December early January

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    26 hours, no bivy, floundering in deep snow on bushwhack descent from West Bond

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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    About 17 hours not by choice on a winter hike over the Weeks Range that went south. We weren't that many minutes away from having to do a forced bivy on cold night. .
    Apparently the Weeks are infamous for horrid winter outings. Besides your outing (presuming it's not one of the following), it reminded me of a group that ended up out after dark, lost the trail somewhere in the Weeks summit area during a snowstorm and IIRC were finally forced to bushwhack down towards the hatchery. I also seem to remember it came close to a really bad situation. I swear it was posted here years ago, but can't find it. I did manage to come across Jazzbo's frigid tale with Oncoman and Dr. D (blast from the past there).

    Of course, with the blazing being what it is(n't) in that area, shouldn't come as a surprise.

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    About 18 hours on day 2 of an overnight. From near the top of the Isolation West trail over Washington, around Clay and Jefferson, over Adams and Madison, down the DW Scout trail. First hike of the year (before I winter hiked) and lots of overweight gear. Feet got torn to shreds. Should have bailed down VW in hindsight! It was my 48 finish, and the sunset from the summit of Madison was beautiful!

    Planned longer days now max out around 12 hours, but sometimes run over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty View Post
    Apparently the Weeks are infamous for horrid winter outings. Besides your outing (presuming it's not one of the following), it reminded me of a group that ended up out after dark, lost the trail somewhere in the Weeks summit area during a snowstorm and IIRC were finally forced to bushwhack down towards the hatchery. I also seem to remember it came close to a really bad situation. I swear it was posted here years ago, but can't find it. I did manage to come across Jazzbo's frigid tale with Oncoman and Dr. D (blast from the past there).

    Of course, with the blazing being what it is(n't) in that area, shouldn't come as a surprise.
    I was with them !

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    14h 51m. Started at Great Gulf lot, went up to Chandler Brook, followed Winter snocat route over to Wamsutta and Nelson Crag to Washington. Worked out to an 8 mile summit. Weather was so nice I decided to hit Gulfside and wound up doing Clay, Jefferson, Adams and Madison and coming back down Osgood to finish the loop. Was a pretty awesome day except for the bruise I got under my kneecap smashing it on a rock hidden in scrub coming up Chandler Brook. Didn't notice it until I was descending Jefferson and it had swollen to the point it affected how I extended my leg because it was swelling under the knee cap. At that point I was committed though. Fortunately it never became a real liability.

    I have about a dozen hikes in my notes over 12 hours. I like to torture myself once or twice a year with a thorough beat down hike, usually in late June or early July when sunlight is maximum length.
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    R2R2R was 16. My notes have a presi traverse as about 17.5 (4:30a to 10p, IIRC; this was starting from Webster Cliff and doing all summits.)

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    I'm just on the JV team compared to most of you but I do have a couple of 12 hour ventures in the Whites. The Bonds out and back from Zealand Rd included a lot of photography on a gorgeous September day and having company somehow made that one seem easier. I did a solo out and back to Owls Head (on trail/no bushwhacks) in August 2015 and picked one of the hottest days of the summer to do it with temps around 85-86F. I probably set a personal record for water consumption on that one.


    PS At what point does a long hike become a death march? Is it determined by time, i.e. >12 hours? Or by time and circumstances?
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    17.5 hours on the Cross Rivendell Trail. Hiked in late July to take advantage of the long daylight hours. We started at Flag Pole Hill in Vershire, VT at sunrise and wanted to finish on Mount Cube in Orford, NH at sunset. We missed the official sunset time by around 30 minutes. Coming back down Cube in the dark after that day was tough. Worst was the drive to shuttle friends back to their cars at the start and then the 45-minute drive home.

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    Strava to the rescue! 20 longest hikes by distance, descending.

    Name Date Distance Moving Time Elapsed Time Elevation
    Pemi Loop with West Bond 2018-06-22 31.9 13:19:42 14:41:15 9684
    Pemi Loop 2013-09-19 29.33 12:30:32 15:38:57 9009
    Pemi Loop 2017-10-01 28.51 11:00:27 13:12:00 8829
    Owl's Head Garfield and Galehead 2015-06-07 23.46 10:34:27 13:26:57 7059
    Wapack Traverse - S -> N 2017-04-16 22.51 8:41:33 9:28:05 4691
    Zealand - Bonds 2015-01-24 22.49 8:35:13 11:12:12 4483
    Bonds-Zealand-Hale 2014-03-10 21.72 8:41:52 10:39:33 5849
    Brothers Fort Coe 2017-03-06 21.01 10:19:08 18:26:47 5053
    PT Madison -> Pierce 2015-08-08 19.05 9:28:04 11:26:22 8611
    Owl's Head 2017-09-02 18.8 5:02:24 7:27:28 3027
    Presidential Traverse 2016-01-08 18.7 8:33:51 11:11:04 8383
    Owl's Head 2017-10-14 18.44 5:19:28 7:44:32 3058
    Southwest Twin 2015-10-11 17.59 7:19:37 11:37:37 3251
    Hale Zealand Twins 2015-08-02 17.41 7:44:14 10:10:29 5617
    Tripyramids-Whiteface-Passaconaway 2017-04-30 16.58 5:29:04 11:45:36 4963
    Owl's Head 2016-07-01 16.49 5:24:07 7:09:46 2986
    Crawford Stairs Resolution Parker Langdon Pickering Stanton Whites Ledge 2017-08-27 16.38 4:54:56 8:01:04 5130
    Owl's Head 2016-12-04 16.16 6:30:00 7:29:18 3081
    Owl's Head 2014-08-30 16.13 6:27:18 8:08:46 3060
    Owl's Head 2014-03-03 15.99 5:36:46 7:23:34 3074

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    Not exactly hiking but I've had a couple of alpine days in the Tetons - Cathedral Traverse, N Ridge of the Grand - that have approached 24 hours C2C. The first time I tried the NIAD (Nose in a Day) in Yosemite it was much longer then IAD

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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    I was with them !
    I think we're due for a reunion. Anyone care to try that route again? See if we can better our time?
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