|If I left Woody Gap 8:13 AM, and got to Gooch Gap 3.5 miles away at 9:21 AM, how did I still have time to stop to smell the flowers?|
On my solo overnight backpacking trip this weekend, I ended up doing a lot of math that was more complex than usual. I started at Woody Gap, and did an out and back along the Appalachian Trail to Three Forks. How would you have solved the following problems:
1. You end up talking to and then hiking with two friendly thru hikers on their first day on the Appalachian Trail. They just graduated, and they've been dreaming of this day for years. They are hiking roughly 1.5 miles per hour, while you hike 2.5 miles per hour on your own. If it is 2:30 PM now, how long can you hike with them and listen to their engaging and inspiring stories before saying goodbye and striking out at your own pace, if you want to get to certain rocky scenic viewpoint 5.5 miles away for dinnertime (5 PM)?
|Who needs a view anyway when dinner looks and tastes this good? (That's baked tofu, fresh broccoli from the CSA, and rehydrated hummus.)|
2. You are at a spring, and the next water source is 6 miles away, over Sassafras Mountain and a bunch of other steep PUDs. The day is swelteringly hot, you are drenched in sweat, your feet are swollen, and have already done more miles than you have ever backpacked in a single day. Your pack weighs 13.4 lbs without water, and you will eat your dinner (0.5 lbs) in another hour. How many liters of water do you get before setting out if one liter of water weighs 2.2 lbs?
|Airing out my feet on a cool rock, and "tanking up" at the spring, cause water doesn't weight anything when it's in your belly.|