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#241 One_Putt_Blunder

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Posted 15 December 2018 - 10:47 AM

 TerpFangolfer, on 15 December 2018 - 04:02 AM, said:

OPB...oh wow, always enjoy this thread and just catching up (been too busy) - sorry about your foot. I backtracked the posts and you said it "just gave out" - so you didn't slip/fall?
I did exactly 0 real hiking miles in 2018 due to a fall in January. Not something exciting like falling while hiking a tough trail or something - slipped on wet steps after shoveling snow...so silly.


Good luck to you...and keep us posted. Hopefully 2019 will be better for both of us...

Thank you and I hope you start feeling better too.

Going back over the timeline, I rolled it really good at mile 18 of Passage one on the AZ Trail. I made it the final mile that day with no real problems. Hiked another 45 miles over the next few weekends with no issues until it became sore the week after passage 4. I had tapped it with KT tape to start passage 5, but 2.3 miles in I bent down to re tie my right shoe(good foot) and that forward flexion on the left peroneus tendon must have been enough to tear a swollen/weakened tendon.

Surgery went well. The doc did advise me that there was actually a significant 4cm full tear of the tendon vs what we initially thought was a small tear.

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Posted 17 December 2018 - 03:33 PM

Since I won't be hiking again in 2018, I closed out the year with 250 recorded hiking miles and 55,000 feet of elevation gain. Think i hiked another 10-20 that weren't recorded and a couple thousand more aeg. Was about half my goal on both I would have been close to 500/90,000 had i not hurt the ankle.
Longest hike was 19.1 miles with just about 4200 feet aeg.

Average hike was 8.3 miles and 1800 feet aeg
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Posted 28 December 2018 - 01:28 PM

Wifey picked me up a Patagonia nanopuff down jacket for Christmas. Pretty impressed with the jacket. Light and compresses down into its own pocket. Perfect those backpacks that start around 3k feet and end up over 8k. Super warm for its size and weight.

Parents got me some outdoor research convertible pants which will be very useful once I resume azt especially this time of year where it's in the 30s or low 40s in am but 60s in afternoon.
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Posted 28 December 2018 - 05:27 PM

 One_Putt_Blunder, on 28 December 2018 - 01:28 PM, said:

Wifey picked me up a Patagonia nanopuff down jacket for Christmas. Pretty impressed with the jacket. Light and compresses down into its own pocket. Perfect those backpacks that start around 3k feet and end up over 8k. Super warm for its size and weight.

Parents got me some outdoor research convertible pants which will be very useful once I resume azt especially this time of year where it's in the 30s or low 40s in am but 60s in afternoon.

I bought myself and my wife one for Christmas. Remarkably warm for how thin and light they are.
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Posted 31 December 2018 - 12:21 PM

Since I wont be hiking until late spring early summer, looking at picking up something like this for the truck. Still plan on doing some camping including a little road tour of SW Colorado during the summer to take on the Alpine loop and Imogene Pass in the truck, and if the ankle is up to it tackle a 14'er or two. This plus an air bed in the bed seems like it would be a much cozier way to truck camp than using my backpacking set up. Also just ordered a Pelican 30qt cooler too.
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Posted 31 December 2018 - 02:35 PM

Going to be stepping our hiking game up, come summer as weve been assigned to Ethiopia for 2 years.  Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Simien Mountains etc all on the to do list now.  Going to be a bit different from the Blue Ridge Mountains and our normal tracks...

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 02:51 PM

 bubbagump, on 31 December 2018 - 02:35 PM, said:

Going to be stepping our hiking game up, come summer as weve been assigned to Ethiopia for 2 years.  Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Simien Mountains etc all on the to do list now.  Going to be a bit different from the Blue Ridge Mountains and our normal tracks...
Wow that's quite a move.  Kili is definitely a bucket list trek.

Edited by One_Putt_Blunder, 31 December 2018 - 05:17 PM.

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 12:25 PM

 One_Putt_Blunder, on 31 December 2018 - 02:51 PM, said:

 bubbagump, on 31 December 2018 - 02:35 PM, said:

Going to be stepping our hiking game up, come summer as weve been assigned to Ethiopia for 2 years.  Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Simien Mountains etc all on the to do list now.  Going to be a bit different from the Blue Ridge Mountains and our normal tracks...
Wow that's quite a move.  Kili is definitely a bucket list trek.

Well, youll have a home base at least now lol holla if its in the next two years!  Good to see the ankle is on the mend!

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 11:58 AM

Cooler is a friggin beast, but bear resistant without needing to padlock it. Also picked up the dry goods basket and ice pack for it. Thing will definitely be seeing some heavy use once the ankle heals up and start doing some trail angel camping weekends out on the AZT in March while my ankle is healing up.  
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 01:17 PM

Stitches came out Tuesday, and took my first steps in almost a month. Ankle still looks awful though. Read post op report quite a bit more damage than I thought. Ligaments ruptured 2 inch tendon tear another
tendon detached.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:42 AM

Any hikers on this forum in the LA/OC area?  I'm thinking of starting this hobby up.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:24 PM

 Bogie_Nights, on 11 January 2019 - 11:42 AM, said:

Any hikers on this forum in the LA/OC area?  I'm thinking of starting this hobby up.
Hope you do, incredibly awesome way to get away from the day to day grind and enjoy some solitude plus the exercise component of it.  

If you are on FB look for local hiking groups, good to follow along to get good ideas/info on trails or hiking partners. Also apps like Alltrails a good source of info and GPS maps.
Looks like no shortage of trails in the area, Even more if you head out towards Mt Baldy etc. Few tips good fitting shoes and good socks are worth every penny, when looking at a trail 1000 feet gained in a mile is considered very steep looking at an average grade around 20*. Sometimes easily fooled if you see a trail that is say 800 feet of gain in 3 miles but if all 800 feet come in .75 of a mile it is a steep section.
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 12:57 AM

 One_Putt_Blunder, on 08 January 2019 - 11:58 AM, said:

Cooler is a friggin beast, but bear resistant without needing to padlock it. Also picked up the dry goods basket and ice pack for it. Thing will definitely be seeing some heavy use once the ankle heals up and start doing some trail angel camping weekends out on the AZT in March while my ankle is healing up.  
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I’ve heard good things about those. Let us know how you like it. One can never have too many coolers. I have an Rtic hard and soft cooler and they’re both fantastic.

 One_Putt_Blunder, on 10 January 2019 - 01:17 PM, said:

Stitches came out Tuesday, and took my first steps in almost a month. Ankle still looks awful though. Read post op report quite a bit more damage than I thought. Ligaments ruptured 2 inch tendon tear another
tendon detached.

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Holy crap. Get well soon brother.
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Posted Today, 11:46 AM

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View PostOne_Putt_Blunder, on 08 January 2019 - 11:58 AM, said:

Cooler is a friggin beast, but bear resistant without needing to padlock it. Also picked up the dry goods basket and ice pack for it. Thing will definitely be seeing some heavy use once the ankle heals up and start doing some trail angel camping weekends out on the AZT in March while my ankle is healing up.  
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I’ve heard good things about those. Let us know how you like it. One can never have too many coolers. I have an Rtic hard and soft cooler and they’re both fantastic.






Pretty impressed with how stout it is. Big selling point to me is Grizzly certified without being padlocked. A lot of others are certified but have to be locked. It does take some getting used to being so big then opening it up to see the interior space much smaller than it appears on the outside. I also picked up a dry goods rack and 5lb ice pack thing for it. Once you put those two in there is not a ton of room. I'll have to play around with packing and regular ice usage. I think it will be enough for 1-2 people for a short weekend type outing or if I roll solo it would be enough for 4-5 days
Obviously not really able to use it at the moment with the ankle first planned trip is begging of March so we'll see how it goes.
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