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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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    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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    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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    I've had a few hiking days that were more than 12 hours, but the one that seemed the longest was when three of us hiked for about 5 hours and then built an igloo. We finished after dark, were too tired to eat and after several hours of light rain with a westerly wind, the igloo collapsed on us at around 2:30 a.m. We packed up and hiked around 7 miles back to the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    I was with them !
    Durrr, that's what I get for skimming through it too fast.

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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 Mohamed Ellozy View Post
    26 hours, no bivy, floundering in deep snow on bushwhack descent from West Bond
    I remember that trip report! Learned a lot from your collective experience.
    Not sure what number to say for mine. Couple around 14 hours, but one that included an unplanned night out after getting lost was 17 hrs of hiking plus about 6.5 makeshift-camping, in the Sierras.
    --would rather be hiking than typing.

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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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