cass1234 wrote:I have noticed lately that there have not been many people on trails that are supposed to be very crowded. Is it because of the heat?
The heat chases a lot of people away, and I appreciate it. I enjoy the solitude it creates. My family has lived here since long before air conditioning and I worked outside in the heat when I was younger. I "heat harden" as summer starts, use a number of "beat the heat" tricks and tune in to how my body feels. I've learned my limits and learned from mistakes, but I love hiking in the heat. I've learned what I can do at 105 and what I can't do at 115
I know what it's like to run out of water and I've learned tricks to conserve what moisture my body has. Cody Lundin has a great quote in his book "98.6 the art of keeping your pumpkin alive" : (paraphrased from memory) "A drop of sweat lost is a drop wasted"
. Look at all the construction workers and landscapers that work in the heat. But I do respect the heat and stay tuned to my body. I remember seeing two young girls brought into the emergency room because their mother let them play outside in a tent in the heat of the day.
and I remember idiots on Bright Angel projectile vomiting at the 3 mile rest house.
ps a frozen solid 100oz Camelbak bladder takes longer to melt than you might expect.
Try it at home before you try it on the trail <oops> I used 4 liters hiking out and this was supposed to be 3 of the 4 liters I needed for hiking back in to the trailhead. It's no fun sucking an ice cube when you need a drink of water. Also when you start carrying 8 to 9 liters of water at 2lbs per liter, you start carrying quite a bit more weight on a hike.