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Re: Moral of the Story from hikes and climbs

Post by cougar » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:56 pm

Shroom Tech supplements are better than PowerBar, they are the morel of the understory
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Re: Moral of the Story from hikes and climbs

Post by timisimaginary » Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:06 pm

Scott P wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:04 am
Moral of the story: Power Bars taste worse than dirty socks and dirty underwear.
but their wrappers make decent loincloths.
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Re: Moral of the Story from hikes and climbs

Post by oorg » Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:20 pm

Thankfully, I have never had the displeasure of experiencing a Power Bar.

However, I did have a good learning experience on Mt. Lindsey. We ascended the ridge and got up a bit too high. We were definitely off route and came across an exposed, class 4 downclimb that I wasn't super comfortable with. I had my coat tied around my waist, as I'd done many times. As I was downclimbing, it caught on a rock and tugged me an awkward direction. Luckily, I had 3 solid points of contact and nothing happened, but I couldn't help but think how badly that had gone if my scrambling was more sloppy and it caused me to lose my grip and tumble down a couple hundred feet. I took a couple minutes to reflect how dumb it was for my coat to be dangling, ready to snag any rock and rip me off the mountain.

My moral of the story: Don't have any loose, dangling items on your person when you're attempting exposed class 3+ moved.

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Re: Moral of the Story from hikes and climbs

Post by JChitwood » Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:52 pm

PowerBars bring back memories of triathlons in the 1980’s when it was hip to smash them on your top tube. They were terrible but you often got them free since they sponsored races. When Clif Bars came out they were still terrible but WAY better than PowerBars.
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Re: Moral of the Story from hikes and climbs

Post by spoony » Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:40 pm

It has been quite some time since I actually ate a Powerbar, but the mylar-like wrappers make pretty good boots if you tear a sidewall in your MTB tire. So there's that, I guess.
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Re: Moral of the Story from hikes and climbs

Post by greenonion » Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:31 pm

Re: PowerBars... thank God Gu/gels came along.
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Re: Moral of the Story from hikes and climbs

Post by Hiking_TheRockies » Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:09 pm

was hiking in RMNL last summer, trying to bag Chapin, Chiquita and Ypsilon in one go. got to the saddle between Chapin and Chiquita, and it was the windiest I've ever experienced. half of my group decided to turn back, but me and a friend decided to try to get at least the summit of Chiquita. we got to the summit successfully, and wanted to continue on but ultimately turned around to go back. on the way down, my favorite baseball cap blew off my head and off the mountain. to this day, I still miss that hat.

Moral of the story: it's good to turn around in the middle of your journey when things becomes to crazy, but sometimes it's better to not go on the journey in the first place. (this metaphorical journey is from the Chapin-Chiquita saddle onward)
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Re: Moral of the Story from hikes and climbs

Post by oldmanforest » Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:51 am

".... and THAT's why I ALWAYS take an immodium before a big hike".
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Re: Moral of the Story from hikes and climbs

Post by Lioness » Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:30 pm

Everyone needs to find out what works for them.
Powerbars never bothered me. But I stopped using them as a main source of energy while hiking.

I've only had a Gatorade loose bowel syndrome once and I lightened up on it in my Camelbak.

Going low carb has had its challenges but it can be done with things from Quest, Atkins and low carb tortillas.
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Re: Moral of the Story from hikes and climbs

Post by ltlFish99 » Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:25 pm

oldmanforest wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:51 am
".... and THAT's why I ALWAYS take an immodium before a big hike".
+1 on the above. Even if it is nothing more than a psychological effect for my somewhat odd mind, I always feel a little safer with imodium.
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Re: Moral of the Story from hikes and climbs

Post by ltlFish99 » Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:35 pm

oorg wrote:
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:20 pm
Thankfully, I have never had the displeasure of experiencing a Power Bar.

However, I did have a good learning experience on Mt. Lindsey. We ascended the ridge and got up a bit too high. We were definitely off route and came across an exposed, class 4 downclimb that I wasn't super comfortable with. I had my coat tied around my waist, as I'd done many times. As I was downclimbing, it caught on a rock and tugged me an awkward direction. Luckily, I had 3 solid points of contact and nothing happened, but I couldn't help but think how badly that had gone if my scrambling was more sloppy and it caused me to lose my grip and tumble down a couple hundred feet. I took a couple minutes to reflect how dumb it was for my coat to be dangling, ready to snag any rock and rip me off the mountain.

My moral of the story: Don't have any loose, dangling items on your person when you're attempting exposed class 3+ moved.

For some reason this inspired ne to share that when I was rappelling one time, a good chunk of my hair got caught in my rappel device. It just tore a bunch of hair out and all was well.
It coud have really sucked if more hair was caught and it actually impeded my ability to continue.
My moral of the story: tie my hair in a pony tail. Eventually it was all cut and it is no longer an issue.
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