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Trail Tuesday (Read 239 times)

TrailTromper


Pete

    trailtromper:  You have a good dog.  Mine was with me, and I think she just thought we were out for a fun romp in the snow.  Plus, she's trained to run at my side or behind me, so even if she knew the way, she wouldn't have told me.

     

    Marley will respond to the command "show me".  I have found it handy when caught out after dark and having trouble following the trail.  She will trot a few yards ahead and lead me back to the car.  I was kind of surprised that worked since she leaned the command when at home and she wants something.  When told "show me" at home she will lead me to what she wants, empty food bowl that needs filling, water bowl that is low, or a door she wants opened.  It was a happy surprise that it worked when I want to go somewhere and need her to lead me.  She is a very intuitive dog when it comes to figuring out what I want.

     

    BTW, I am a firm believer that my dogs train me more than I train them.  What little skill I do have at dog training was taught to me by my previous dog Cookie.  I think in her later years Cookie and I could read each other's minds.

    TrailTromper 

    Parkville MD

      3 mile snowshoe run/hike, had to make a trail around the pond, dog sled guy must be going up north to work the dogs, he maked a nice packed trail for snowshoes.

      qotd: while on a training run on the Ice Age 50 trail I got confused, my keys got mis placed last Sunday from unlocking a door to my office??? still mia.

      Scrapster


        Tromper - I have, on many occasions, looked at my pooch and said "wanna go home?" and both times he found me back to either the house or the car using a much more direct route than I would have come up with on my own.  LOL.

          4.5 mile fun fartlek today. Probably chose the wrong section of trail though it was interesting playing with speeding up for a bit then trying to recover on 1.5 miles of uphill.

           

          I haven't ever really been lost. But I do lose the trail fairly frequently, have to backtrack to the last known blaze and hunt for the next one. And once after exploring around a waterfall that was next to the trail I left going the wrong way. I'd gone a mile before I realized something didn't seem right, then spent about 10 minutes sitting on the trail trying to figure it out before realizing I needed to turn around.

           

          Neither of my dogs are runners, but Jessie would be a great at the lead me back to the car game. On walks she is rather slow on the way out... but as soon as she senses we are headed back she is a dog on a mission! No stopping, no detours allowed once she has smelled the barn. Somehow she is able to do this even when not doing an out and back and are on an unfamiliar route.

          Mt Cheaha 50k 2/23/2013:  7:34 :D

          Lake Martin 50; 27 miles: 5:29:07

          Run For Kids 50k, Birmingham, 5/4/2013: 6:26:33 Woot!

            Leaving shortly for a 16-mile night trail run.

             

            QOTD:  Not yet... but I'm sure it'll happen at some point. Smile

            tjrun


              It's been raining hard all day today.  It's gonna be a mudfest out there today.......makes me feel like a kid!  Yipee!

               

               

              QOTD:  A few years ago I was running the Grasslands 50miler.  It rained all the night before the race and during the race, it rained hard then began to snow later in the day.  The course cloverleafed, so the footprints went ever which way.  Because of the cold, most had dropped out, but this was my 2nd attempt at a 50 miler, so I trugged on trying to make the cuttoff.  It started snowing really hard and I came to a 4 way junction.  I had no idea which way to turn back to the start/finish and the trail markers were gone and my map had gotten soaked. It was getting dark fast and I hadn't seen a soul for the last hour and a half.  Talking myself out of panicking, I took a deep breath and chose the path I thought was right.  I walk for about 20 minutes.  Just as I was going to turn back, I saw the bumper to a truck through the trees.  Finally, I had found the start/finish.  I was devastated that I didn't make the cutoff, but it was best because the storm turned out to be the worst in years.  So, the Lord was looking out for me that day.  Had I not been "so lost" I would have tried to finish the race and been out on my last loop on the dark snow covered trails alone.  He watches out for fools and stubborn runners, I guess.Wink

                I am still so tired and can't figure out why.  anyways did not fet up this am so I am at least going to do 3 on TM tonight.

                 

                QOTD:  While running never really lost, just didn't know where I was at the time.  Hiking I got lost in Joshua Tree in the dark.  Evertything looks like a trail in the desert in the dark.  Was only lost for 2 hours but I was younger and more easily scared.  The next day I woke up with a rash all over my body I attibuted to nervous sweat that must of been full of nasty toxins.

                 

                TT:  My dog also often picks the right way.

                Way Too Cool 50K 03/08/14

                XtremeTaper


                  Run today was 6.7 miles of rolling roads at lunchtime. I ran 3 miles of tempo in the middle. The tempo felt ok, but I was glad to be done with the 3 fast miles. It's been awhile since I've done a hilly tempo run on the road. The day was very pleasant for January. Nearly spring like. My hip/back/piriformis barked at me after my run so I'm not out of the woods on that one yet. 

                   

                  QOTD: I've been off track a few times. Usually in new places. I've used the map feature on my cheapo garmin and my keen sense of direction to get back from whence I started a time or two.

                  Trapped in the night, moving alone, caught in a world of glass and stone...

                  Down to skin and bone.

                   

                  NorthernHarrier


                    This was a good QOTD with some interesting responses. I am glad tjrun mentioned getting a little confused during an event. I have witnessed many folks get off course in trail events. Lost on a marked course with 200 other people. Cranking along with your mind kinda going brain dead or you are just following the person in front of you. Happens.

                     

                    There is no dishonor in getting confused out there. Sometimes doesn't take a whole lot and it doesn't matter how good your sense of direction is. And like was said, sometimes because of our abilities we will push the envelope at times.

                     

                    I was pheasant hunting a piece of property about 20 minutes from my house and have hunted that land for years. One day I was out there and a heavy fog quickly settled in and visibility was down to about 30ft in front of me. Why would I need a compass out there as I knew it like my backyard yet there I was slightly confused and it took a little while to work my way out.

                     

                    The main thing is to be at peace out there and know you will get confused at some point. Don't freak out. I was backpacking with the Sta-Puf marshmallow man once out in the mountains. He decided he had enough wilderness and wanted to do the big push out, it was way over his ability but whatever, I can go all day. So after a long day working our way out we came to a junction of several trails. Game trails, unofficial pack animal trails, etc. Very confusing and nothing made sense with the map. This guy went into complete panic mode despite the fact that we had food and shelter on our back and there was a nice spot to camp that we could backtrack to. It was quite comical for me but it illustrated how some people lose all sense of reason and judgement under duress. Luckily for my eagle scout friend(honest) I took control of things and it is never been talked about again over the years. Of course I've never done any wilderness adventure with him again either.

                     

                    So the big question with probably no right answer-- You tell someone where you are going and when you might be returning but how rigid is it or do you even want it.  We wander and at times you just feel like seeing where that trail goes. At what point does someone look for you. Are you irresponsible if you just like to explore a little and get back very late at times. That's kinda my M.O.  And usually where I wander there is no cell service. Luckily my wife understands me but on the other hand you are one slip on a wet rock from trouble at any time so how long do you want to lay there before they come looking? Just food for thought I guess or thinking out loud.

                    mtwarden


                    running under the BigSky

                      if it's not a nighttime headlamp adventure, I think if it gets an hour or so after dark the cavalry will at least come and take a peek.

                       

                      when I'm working the backcountry I have the luxury of a sat phone, it's really come in handy to let folks know there is going to be a change in plans (also the ability to check in nightly is appreciated by my wife Smile)

                                                                                 2014 

                      HURL Fat Ass 50k  1/11- DNS sick :(

                      Zion Traverse 47 miles 4/5 DNS :( stress fracture in heel

                      Don't Fence Me In 30k 5/10


                      Ultra Cowboy


                        So the big question with probably no right answer-- You tell someone where you are going and when you might be returning but how rigid is it or do you even want it.  We wander and at times you just feel like seeing where that trail goes. At what point does someone look for you. Are you irresponsible if you just like to explore a little and get back very late at times. That's kinda my M.O.  And usually where I wander there is no cell service. Luckily my wife understands me but on the other hand you are one slip on a wet rock from trouble at any time so how long do you want to lay there before they come looking? Just food for thought I guess or thinking out loud.

                         

                        NH here is my take on it.  Day trips solo I'm pretty confident that I search party will find me if injured .  I won't be going far from my parking area.  I can expect rescue.  Probably at a higher risk on the highway to and from. I am trying harder to leave a map of my route.

                         

                        Extended trips Multi day Solo, back country.  Face it, if I break a leg on day 1 of a 5 day trip, no one is going to miss me.  Any rescue effort is going to be a body recovery.  These trips out of Cell phone coverage are usually a group trip where I might leave camp solo but there are folks there who would know where to look for me.  I've never been in a designated wilderness and not seen anyone else though.

                         

                        Truth be known, in the end,  I'd love to cash in Legends of the Fall style...But not for a few years yet...

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                            for me personally, I always let my wife know the general area that I'll be in for solo long trail runs. I try and give her names of trailhead, and prominent landmarks that I'll be around. I also give her two times. The first time is my "expected to be back" time, the second is my "call Search and rescue" time.

                             

                            the other thing that becomes hard is when I notice something new on the trails, and I feel like exploring right then and there, even though I know it would put me past my time limit. I have to exercise a little self control, and remind myself that the canyons and mountains aren't going to move, and I can check it out another time.

                             

                            It goes back to the "plan your run, run your plan".

                            mtwarden


                            running under the BigSky

                               

                              It goes back to the "plan your run, run your plan".

                               

                               

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                                                                                         2014 

                              HURL Fat Ass 50k  1/11- DNS sick :(

                              Zion Traverse 47 miles 4/5 DNS :( stress fracture in heel

                              Don't Fence Me In 30k 5/10


                              Le professeur de trail

                                I have contempated making a map with areas that I run circled or marked on them for my DW so when I say I am running at "so and so place" she at least has a map to show someone who can help in the event I don't come home.  She doesn't know where most the places I run are when I tell her.  Maybe also helpful would be a written description of the parking spots and trails including directions I run.  There are a few that -uh - hmmm- take my cell service away.  I thought about this the other day even prior to today's QOTD.  Maybe time to do so.

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