Slow Hikers Unite!

Need a climbing partner? Trying to form a hiking group for an outing?
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Re: Slow Hikers Unite!

Post by sigepnader » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:49 pm

I’m looking to do Grays/Torreys Saturday so I can finally finish the Front Range 14ers. Shooting for Mount Edwards Sunday Andy maybe Huron Monday. Anyone interested in joining?
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Re: Slow Hikers Unite!

Post by kkschleifer » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:24 am

Sounds good. I might be slightly faster. Sometimes I'm stopped for 5 minutes taking pictures, but otherwise slow and steady.
I'm looking for climbing partners during the dates July 23-30 and August 14-17 and want to do the Sangre de Cristo and San Juans.
Lets get together and enjoy the mountains.
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Re: Slow Hikers Unite!

Post by mommyhiker » Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:36 am

Would any of the slow hikers be interested in climbing a 14er on Saturday? My pace is about 1,000 feet per hour. I live in the Denver area, and would love to climb Princeton or Huron if someone has a 4wd, but open to most Collegiate Peaks. Thanks.
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Re: Slow Hikers Unite!

Post by oldschoolczar » Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:53 am

Is 1000ft/hr really slow?

I always thought that was about average. Of course it's slow to some of the super humans on here.

If I hike 1200 ft/hr, I rarely get passed...
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Re: Slow Hikers Unite!

Post by Jon1702 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:30 pm

Is 1000ft/hr really slow?

I always thought that was about average. Of course it's slow to some of the super humans on here.
Thank you for saying that! Haha. I was super excited by this thread, until I saw that by "slow" we're talking about hikers who can go 1000 vertical feet/hour going up Crestone Needle. I was thinking about starting a thread called "REALLY Slow Hikers Unite"...

I average about 750-850 vertical feet per hour ascending, though it depends on the mountain. Going down, probably 900-1050 vertical feet per hour. I'm running out of "easy" 14ers in which to slowly meander my way to the summit, and will need to start challenging myself with the more moderate ones. Probably aiming for Princeton, Humboldt, and/or Uncompaghre next.
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Re: Slow Hikers Unite!

Post by mommyhiker » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:36 pm

Will send you a PM.
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Re: Slow Hikers Unite!

Post by LostSole » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:49 pm

Jon1702 wrote:
Is 1000ft/hr really slow?

I always thought that was about average. Of course it's slow to some of the super humans on here.
Thank you for saying that! Haha. I was super excited by this thread, until I saw that by "slow" we're talking about hikers who can go 1000 vertical feet/hour going up Crestone Needle. I was thinking about starting a thread called "REALLY Slow Hikers Unite"...

Me too.....
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Re: Slow Hikers Unite!

Post by angry » Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:53 pm

I’m looking at Snowmass on Sunday
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Re: Slow Hikers Unite!

Post by mtree » Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:51 am

LostSole wrote:
Jon1702 wrote:
Is 1000ft/hr really slow?

I always thought that was about average. Of course it's slow to some of the super humans on here.
Thank you for saying that! Haha. I was super excited by this thread, until I saw that by "slow" we're talking about hikers who can go 1000 vertical feet/hour going up Crestone Needle. I was thinking about starting a thread called "REALLY Slow Hikers Unite"...

Me too.....
Hiking speed in ft/hr has a lot of variables. I don't think you can measure it for class 3 or above. Route finding, skill, familiarity, and technical difficulties all add their own dimensions. Its only useful for class 1 or 2 hiking on a decent trail with fairly consistent elevation gain. Everyone has a natural pace or cadence. Pushing past that natural pace exerts a lot of extra energy. And its not uncommon to see your pace slow considerably as you gain elevation between 11,000-14,000 ft. So I'd say 1000ft/hr is average to slow, but not REALLY slow. I strive for 2000ft/hr or more. I think that's fast, but not REALLY fast. I've seen folks cruise by me on occasion. They're pushing the 3000ft/hr realm. Then I've seen folks jogging up the trail. Yikes! I've also seen some "pole setters" race by me at 11,000ft only to have me hike right past them at 13,000ft. In the end, all that matters is knowing your limitations. And that's a good thing to know when it comes to hiking. It should be one of the 11 essentials.
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Re: Slow Hikers Unite!

Post by Sglm14 » Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:09 pm

Might do Ellingwood on Sunday and need partners. Plan is to hike in tomorrow, camp near lake como , and summit Sunday.
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Re: Slow Hikers Unite!

Post by cnlevan » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:25 pm

I am a slow hiker too!!! I am glad I am not alone!
I am interested in the San Juan's also, so I'm in if you haven't already found someone!
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Re: Slow Hikers Unite!

Post by bosnian2014 » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:11 am

If anyone is interested in Uncompahgre, Humboldt, Shavano or Crestone Peak ~ 8/11, let me know. I prefer casual pace and I seem to average for the trips ~ 1.2 mph whether it is class 1 or class 4. I am open to other peaks as well, incl 13ers.
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