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#49638 - 04/22/17 11:22 PM Prehike Anxiety
RenoFrank Offline

Registered: 08/06/11
Posts: 419
Loc: Reno, NV
This is written for runners but seems to apply to an epic hike

#49639 - 04/23/17 11:37 AM Re: Prehike Anxiety [Re: RenoFrank]
Steve C Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7392
Loc: Fresno, CA
Ha! I get real pre-hike anxiety, but it is not something just drummed up in my mind. In my case it is a serious case of "what am I forgetting to pack?", since out on a multi-day trip, one has to take everything required to survive -- food, clothing, shelter, emergency needs like first aid and wet weather gear.

Leaving out one key item can make for a really miserable part of the trip.

I've run several marathons, and never did I experience the pre-run anxiety like I do before a big backcountry trip.

Things I have forgotten in the past:
Bread or pita bread. Substituted bagels.
A second lighter or matches.
Tent stakes.

Things I fortunately took along on several trips:

Air mattress patch kit (bicycle tube repair and duct tape) -- for a NeoAir punctured by a pine cone needle.

Credit card, cash, cell phone: Last summer after my car was made unavailable by a forest fire.